About a year ago I came across the concept of the zero waste lifestyle. I loved everything about it in the same way I once loved reading Vanity Fair. A lifestyle promoted by impossibly perfect, model-like women living in their unattainably stylish, minimalistic New York micro-lofts, shopping at Whole Foods and fitting all their annual household rubbish into a mason jar and then blogging or vlogging about it. I mean, good for them. If I were 15 years younger and starting out from scratch I’d do the same (without being impossibly perfect or model-like). But what about when you already have a house full of stuff, a husband, a baby and a very hairy geriatric dog?
Well, you do what you can. That’s what you do.
We are not a zero waste home, but we do our best and I have made significant reductions in our household waste over the last year. I started moving towards my zero waste goal at home by making small changes. I switched to a bamboo toothbrush (rather than a plastic one), started making a lot of my own personal care items and…well, just buying less ‘stuff’. Every time you go out and buy ‘stuff’, you come home and take it out of its plastic bag, unpackage it, use it / wear it for a bit / put it on a shelf with your other ‘stuff’ and then get rid of it. All of that – the bag, the packaging and the ‘stuff’ itself – ends up in the recycle bin or charity shop at best, and more often than not, it ends up in landfill.
The green/eco blogging community is a fairly small one, and so when another green lifestyle blogger, MumBalance approached me to do a Zero Waste Challenge with her throughout the month of June, I thought it would be a great opportunity to up my own game at home. So over the next few weeks I’m going to write some posts to help you learn a bit about some practical ways to introduce a few zero waste changes into your own lifestyle. And I can promise you that you’ll be model-like and have a perfect, stylish home and will only shop at Whole Foods by the end of it. Okay, maybe not…but you’ll definitely notice your house will be filled with less crap, your medicine cabinet will look a lot more chic, you’ll spend less money and most importantly, your garbage bin will be less full each week. Meanwhile, here at chez OLOL I’m going to work on introducing a few more changes into the way we do things to even further reduce our household waste.
If you’d like to get inspired to learn more about realistic small changes you can make to move towards a zero waste lifestyle, please come back and check out my posts throughout June and if you’d like to see a family who really does successfully live this way, check out Zero Waste Home where Bea Johnson and her family in California produce just one jar of rubbish per year.