I don’t do things half-heartedly, I jump all in, or not at all
I began to do everything with the planet and people in mind. I asked questions, I bought zero-waste tools that would assist me, and I altered my habits to reflect my values.
I adjusted my schedule so I could visit the farmers market every Sunday morning for local, organic, plastic-free produce. I left plastic out of the equation as much as I could, became best friends with my local bulk-bin owner, and convinced my butcher to put the meat straight in my container, without wearing plastic gloves.
I was, and am, vocal
I ask shop owners for plastic free alternatives, I tell check-out operators why I won’t accept their plastic bags, and my friends can’t get enough lectures about plastic-free living.
Throughout my journey, my Instagram, which I was once terrible at, has turned into a platform where people listen and care about what I am doing.
My genuine passion for the environment and reducing waste, make others do the same; but they also challenge me.
The questions I get, and tips thrown back at me, mean I’m always making more changes. ‘Practice what you preach’ has become a huge motivator, but after a year and a half of adapting my habits, there’s less motivation needed. I just do it.
My 10 favourite waste reducers:
- My menstrual cup
- No bin liners
- My bamboo toothbrush
- Taking reusable containers to the Indian takeaway shop
- Returning my egg container to ‘Anni’s eggs’ at the farmer’s market- I’m going to visit her chickens next week to thank them
- Making my own Kombucha
- Baking my own bread
- My husband surprises me with the reject flowers from the florist who makes it into a beautifully unique bouquet, only wrapped in brown paper
- Refilling all our cleaning supply bottles at the bulk store
- Wet flannels in Kai Carrier bags when travelling for a refresher (instead of wipes)
Reducing your waste is difficult. Trust me, I know!
But the more I learn, the more I realise that reducing our waste is the least we can do for the planet. It’s not optional, it’s a necessity. Zero-waste may not be achievable, unless we are to all sit in the middle of a field and stop breathing, but waste reduction is totally feasible.
It starts with a conscious choice. And I make that choice every day.