Minimalism is grounded in the idea that we should have fewer things, and zero-waste embodies upcycling, repairing, and hanging on to everything just in case you need to use it one day, instead of buying something new.
Can you see the cause of my inner turmoil?
After completing The Minimalist Challenge last year, reading the book Stuffocation, and giving away over 1000 items in my home, I realised minimalism was beginning to battle against my existing zero-waste lifestyle (for the record, I still have waste in my life. ‘Zero waste’ is a term used to describe someone who strives to live with as little waste as possible.).
My main conflicting feelings when removing items from my life, weren’t because of the sentiment or monetary value, but my drive to use what I have and hold onto resources in case they could be repurposed in the future.
Image via Ethically Kate
So, here I am, in the middle of a raw internal debate, juggling two of the values closest to my heart, and struggling to understand how they fit together.
Can minimalism and zero-waste co-exist?