The importance of reducing our impact on the planet is becoming increasingly apparent as time goes on and, if you’ve been reading the headlines with increasing distress over the last few months, it sounds as though you’re ready to begin your own zero waste journey.
And the word ‘journey’ is an excellent one to use for this particular endeavour because you can’t simply wake up one day and create no waste whatsoever. The way the world has been engineered over the centuries has rendered this impossible!
It takes some time to sit down, work out where you create waste in the first place and see what you can do to reduce this in the future.
You’ll find that you’ll likely need to start small and build your way up… one of the most common starting points is swapping your plastic toothbrush for a compostable bamboo one. Did you know it’s thought that every toothbrush ever made is still on the planet somewhere? Scary stuff!
Online resources can prove really useful when you’re starting out with going zero waste, so start following blogs, listening to podcasts and talking to other like-minded people out there who can help.
Ruth Macgilp runs a very successful blog and website that could prove very useful, with a particular focus on fashion (so perfect for all of you out there who want to reduce your impact without compromising on style).
And then there’s Zero Waste Week (taking place this year between September 7th and 11th), home to all the facts and figures you need to reaffirm your faith in your journey, no matter how tricky it gets. You’ll find all sorts of ideas for how to recycle and reuse items around the house, and how to declutter your home without sending stuff to landfill.
Trash is for Tossers is another useful resource, showing you that leading a low or zero waste lifestyle can be fun, accessible and cost-effective… so lots of food for thought there.
And if you want to start your journey by hitting the kitchen to reduce your consumption of plastic packaging and other single-use items, check out the Going Zero Waste website, which is home to all sorts of amazing ideas and recipes.
There are all sorts of benefits associated with going zero waste and once you take that first step on this particular path, you may well find it becomes quite the addiction!
You’ll reduce the amount of meaningless shopping you do, while enjoying better quality products that last longer. Your food waste will decrease and you’ll save yourself money, as well as reducing pollution and helping to reduce global warming and climate change. All it takes is that first step!
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