What is Zero Waste?
Zero waste aims to reconstruct how and what we consume.
The ultimate goal is to not contribute to any more trash in landfills, in the environment, or in the ocean.
It’s a movement that focuses more on the process than the end-goal.
Meaning if you’re trying to reduce your waste, but aren’t at zero, you're still freaking awesome!
For me, zero waste goes hand-in-hand with minimalism; something I’ve slowly been implementing in my life for the past few years.
Consuming a little less, more and more.
My Zero Waste Guidelines:
Don’t expect perfection. Do the best you can and encourage others with positivity and understanding.
Prioritize shopping at companies who acknowledge waste and overconsumption as an issue. You vote with your money, so I try to spend wisely.
If I can only find something sold in plastic, and I can make it, I don’t buy it. I opt to make it myself and store it in glass or stainless steel.
If there are no other options, and I can’t make it, I recycle or reuse the packaging.
Reusables! Grocery bags, produce bags, mason jars, stainless steel or glass: straws, containers, water bottles, coffee mugs. These things, always.
Thrift shop or buy used online. I almost always find what I’m looking for when I thrift or buy used. It’s insane how much people get rid of that isn’t wore out. Scroll all the way down and hit the button at the bottom of the page for more tips on finding used gear, clothing, etc.
If I must buy new, I buy with quality in mind. I try to buy gear/clothing, etc. that will last a long time or comes with a repair guarantee - Osprey packs, for example, have a lifetime guarantee. They will fix any issue with your pack, and if it’s not mendable, they will upgrade you to the newest model. For values like these, I am willing to spend more.