Good Morning + Happy Friday #EarthWarriors 🌍 I know I shared in my stories the other day about zero waste not being about buying new items and I’ve been preaching that since the very beginning of my journey. One of my first blog posts with zero waste tips talked about not buying the fancy Instagram stuff, it completely defeats the purpose. Start with what you have and reuse + repurpose what you already own. Something simple like bringing your own silverware from home instead of buying a special bamboo/wood set, if you can’t spare one set buy a small utensil set secondhand at your thrift shop. No need for a new fancy reusable water bottle, odds are you have one, use it until you find one second hand you love. More than likely you have reusable bags shoved somewhere in your house, pull them out and don’t buy more unless you don’t have enough! Even then, secondhand shop!
Ready to start switching your health + beauty products to zero waste? Great! But use what you have first! And I mean dig under your bathroom counters and find all those random shampoo bottles first. Find all the soaps and make up and toothpaste you have, then use them. I ended up finding 2 shampoo bottles and some travel size crap I had to use before buying my first set of shampoo bars. Do NOT waste them and throw them away! Really want to get started? Fine, donate anything unopened before you start bringing new items in your home.
This isn’t about buying new items to claim a zero waste life. Refusing to buy crap, refusing to buy crap wrapped in plastic + refusing to buy crap made with toxic chemicals is just a start.
Zero waste is much more than what you buy but it’s the easiest first step. So next time you see those fancy online stores advertising directly to your likes be cautious because odds are you don’t really need it.
Isn’t it awesome that something as simple as turning off electronics and unplugging to go outside helps conserve the planet?
We personally spend a good chunk of our weekends at home, after working all week we catch up around the house + get our weekly groceries. But we always spend a few hours out in our yard/neighborhood or take the kids to a beach/playground/nature trail. Getting outside and connecting with nature with my family is something I’ve done even before I started being conscious of our waste.
My connection with nature gave me more empathy for our planet when I started to realize the destructive path we were on. Not only did I feel horrible for the eradication we are causing but I was concerned for what kind of future my children are going to have. It’s become more than saving for their college fund, its pointless to secure a financial future when there are things like water + air quality that money can’t save them from. Our priorities are all around out of sequence - money and convenience are more important than our children’s future.
This week, instead of staying inside and plugged up with your family go outside as much as possible. Ride bikes, go on a nature trail, have a picnic (plastic free!) or be a tourist in your own town and go exploring. Enjoy the simple moments like your dare devil baby riding a skateboard down the driveway😎