I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but the words just wouldn't put themselves together. All I've been wanting to do is to talk about this, share it, but was just never able to get my thoughts in order. Which led to me writing this all down at work the other night; amazing what a little old school pen and paper can do.
I'm going to start at the beginning to explain this post, bare with me. A few weeks ago I saw a short video on Facebook that changed my entire perspective on life. I know, sounds a tad dramatic. But it kind of was.
Meet Lauren Singer, a twenty-something woman living in New York City. She has been living a zero waste lifestyle for over 2 years now. All of her trash fits into one small glass jar. I know; what!? How is that even possible?? Why would she even attempt to do that?? Well, if you haven't noticed, trash is kind of a problem in our world. Don't believe me? For one day, just one, I dare you to pay attention to every little thing you throw into a garbage bag (that will then end up in a landfill). It may shock you- I know it shocked me.
But here, I'm going to let Lauren explain it all a bit better.
So, make a bit more sense? For days and then weeks after I saw that short video, it was all I could think about. I did more and more research, started (another) new Pinterest board. Every waking moment, my brain was thinking "zero waste". I may have even had a dream or two that included it. An entirely new world was opened up to me and I wanted to be a part of it.
I know, this all seems like a huge undertaking, and don't get me wrong- it is. But it's a challenge that has made me so excited and happy. Here's the list I made of things I want to change, some of them I already have.
~Replace plastic bottles with glass ones- This is probably the easiest change. Replace those throw away plastic water bottles with a glass one. It's safer, will last nearly forever, and when you do eventually replace it, it recycles.
~Stainless steel- All of those kitchen utensils and appliances that just get tossed? Replace them with stainless steel. A small investment but they pay for themselves. My first purchase? Stainless steel straws.
~Make your own products- Whoa, crazy talk. But it's really SO easy, and aside from all of the plastic containers everything comes in these days, think of all of the chemicals and un-needed fillers in everything. So far, I've made my own eye cream, face scrub, chapstick and deodorant!
~Buy in bulk- this one is a bit trickier, unless you have a great bulk foods store near you. By buying in bulk, you can bring your own glass containers to the store and fill them right there. No need for extra packaging. So far, I'm trying to buy what I can in bulk and the rest in recyclable containers.
~Reusable cotton rounds, "paper" towels and snack bags- Oh Pinterest, you will never fail me. You make all of these sorts of products yourself with left over fabric in your home, but you can also buy them. Etsy is full of them!
~Reusable menstrual pads and cups- Okay, ladies, let's not get weird here. That time of the month is completely and totally natural, we all go through it, we're all human. Just think about all of the money we waste every month on pads and tampons. It's kind of ridiculous. Enter in the washable pads or menstrual cup. I've done SO much research on cups, and I'm waiting for mine to arrive and I'm SO excited. Full review will come!
~Always have a cloth/reusable bag with you- This isn't really a new idea, but like a lot of people, I don't always remember to grab my bags from my backseat. So I got a cloth bag that folds up into a small square from a local craft store. Fits perfectly into my purse.
~Compost- This one is going to take some time to figure out, but did you know apartment composting is a thing?? Because I sure didn't.
It's kind of funny, but by making some of these simple changes, I've got this sort of inner peace. Like I'm finally living my life in accordance to my beliefs. And I gotta say, it feels amazing!
I can already tell that this little blog is going to become more and more about veganism and zero waste; and I'm totally okay with that. I'll be making posts on my DIY products soon (ish). One thing I'll say now though- homemade deodorant? Best. Thing. Ever.
Lots of Love xx