//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js What if we made simple steps toward minimizing our waste? What If we didn’t look at the zero waste movement as unattainable or hard. Lauren Singer, the woman behind the blog Trash is for Tossers and her business The Simply Co. told me that :
· Encourage companies to adapt more sustainable practices and ethics. This means asking your favorite brands to create recycling or biodegradable packaging, asking stores to offer more bulk bin items especially that are safe for those with food allergies
· Making a guide to what is available in your area, can you compost somewhere nearby? What recycling services are offered near you? Making a grocery list that will prevent food waste or expired items from going to waste, If you brew coffee can you cast the grounds on your plants instead of down the drain? Do you shop online? Create a signature to ask seller to not add excess or any packaging/receipts to your purchase(s)
· Discover a positive community. This is so important, find a community of zero waster or minimalist (if that’s what you’re after) who are non judgmental, who will encourage or offer feedback on questions you may have. Surround yourself with positivity and Recognize everyone is on their own journey.
· Influence others with positivity and passion! I used to think others would see me as odd for bringing my own cups, straws, utensils, etc. I felt like others would judge me and then I realized I am doing this myself. In fact you are more than likely to encourage others with your own actions whether it influences someone to get a stainless steel water bottle instead of single use water bottles, invest in a lunchbox, sop in the bulk aisle. By speaking positively about your experiences others will not only learn but also consider their own impact instead of viewing it as “impossible.”
There are no expectations. Release any expectations that you must be a purist or that you “must” make changes overnight to see results. That’s not the case nor should it be because that is creating limits. We’re better off investing in reusable coffee cups or water bottles, buying only what we will consume instead of mindlessly doing it. Planning ahead and clearing space can offer us more clarity. Going on your own pace and figuring out what you do and don’t need yields better results and positive experiences. If you believe someone is making you feel negatively about yourself – release it. Someone else’s projection shouldn’t harm your journey. Be kind to yourself. I believe that people who want to follow a zero waste lifestyle, or minimize their trash in general, want to do it to be kinder to the planet. Enhance that – Be Kind.