ZERO WASTE HOMIES
Growing up, recycling was kinda like brushing your teeth, maybe not the most fun activity you could think of but there was absolutely no excuse for not doing it. I was aware that, did I not do it, my teeth and the planet had no chance of surviving. The problem with recycling is, it gives you the notion of doing something good for the planet and you can easily mistake it for doing enough.
Whenever I would read about the problems of our wasteful society I didn’t recognize myself as part of the problem, I was recycling after all… I also never paid much attention to the waste that wasn’t compostable or recyclable, it is so easy to put it in the bin and never think about it again. We live in a society that makes you feel good about yourself if you are not throwing the trash on the street, like that is good enough… As if landfills where these miracle places that make the problems of trash turn into unicorns…. I wish… I would live there!
I never realized how much trash I was creating… So when my friend mentioned she was in the process of creating a zero waste home it was a true wake up call. She assumed that I was fully aware of this trend and I remember feeling a little embarrassed that I had no idea what she was talking about. I mean, Zero Waste Home is pretty self explanatory but I had never met anyone producing zero, or close to zero waste. She introduced me to Bea Johnson’s family and her mighty helpful blog so I started my journey of going borderline insane about how much trash we produce.
The basic idea is to refuse, reduce and reuse before you even think about recycling. Reducing isn’t a big problem. Due to my travelling addiction I have a pretty minimalistic lifestyle as it is.
Reusing is fun. There is so many cool ways of being creative with old stuff. Here is a classic example of reusing my favorite Tequila bottles and Mason jars:
The true challenge I am encountering is refusing. As a vegan some things are easy. Vegetables can be found unpackaged, though it is shocking how many vegetables are packaged at the supermarket. Nuts, seed and legumes can be found unpackaged or in bulk but it has been a slow journey. Never the less, I am on my way… I hope you join me!