The zero-waste movement is a lifestyle where people aim to eliminate their trash output completely. This means no plastic, no wrappers, no garbage.https://www.planetaid.org/blog/what-is-the-zero-waste-movement
I am technically not zero waste. Completely eliminating my trash output is virtually impossible.
I am, however, very much fascinated by the zero waste movement and consider myself part of it (though I am technically low waste). I strive to produce as little waste as possible. I have been doing this for years. My family would be considered a low waste family even though they are not officially part of the movement. They have a self-sustainable farm where they grow and raise most of the food they consume. My mother uses glass jars and reusable containers to store pretty much everything she can. My family tries not to buy a lot of pre-packaged stuff from stores. As you can see, low waste was how I was raised. As an adult, I live in an apartment and this situation makes it difficult to reduce waste in certain areas but I still try to do so as much as possible.
So why do I participate in the zero waste movement? I do so primarily because of my Christian worldview. God gave humans the task of stewarding the earth when He created them. You can read about this in Genesis 1-2. I want to do my best to do that task, thus zero waste. The less we can pollute the earth the better. The more we can protect the earth we live in and the creatures that reside here the better we are fulfilling God’s task for us. I also am part of the zero waste movement because this earth is the only one God gave us. There is no planet B, no matter how much scientists search for one. We need to take care of this place because it is our home.
There are quite a few ways I participate on a regular basis with the zero waste movement. This list is not everything but a few of the main things I do.
- I get all that I can from thrift stores. This act is very basic in reducing waste but it is important. Instead of buying new things, I try to buy second hand. I have learned which thrift stores in my area to go to if I need certain things. I always find the best quality clothes at one thrift store while another is perfect for finding kitchen items. I also donate my old clothes and things I would normally throw away to thrift stores. That way my used items are going to be used more instead of going to a landfill.
- I buy unpackaged produce when I can. I would much rather bring my own mesh bags to put apples in than to buy the ones already in plastic bags. Unfortunately it is hard to find some produce unpackaged. I am currently in the process of finding somewhere to buy unpackaged mushrooms, spinach, and berries (these are the main things I cannot find unpackaged that we eat regularly. If you know of anywhere in Greenville, SC that I can find them unpackaged please let me know in the comments). Note: buying unpackaged produce reduces a lot of waste but it only works if you bring your own bags to put the produce in. It is worth investing in reusable mesh bags rather than using the throw away plastic bags that stores provide
- When it comes to buying other grocery items I try to find the things that have the least amount of plastic in the packaging. I buy what I can that has packaging that can be recycled. Cans and cardboard are fair game. I also will buy things in glass or plastic bottles that I can reuse after the food is eaten.
- Recycling is big in my book. Living in an apartment in the city means that this is a great way to help the environment. Our apartment has recycling bins and that makes me really happy. I am currently working on getting into the habit of sorting recycling now that I have access to these bins.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to help the environment yourself by reducing waste. If you are interested in the zero waste movement I would highly suggest you do some more research on it. Some influencers that I follow who have been super helpful include Amber Allen (https://thefairlylocalfamily.com/), Meagen Weldon (https://zerowastenerd.com/), and Immy Lucas (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkq2gEWE-i647M71bh7zDxA). They all have Instagrams with lots of helpful tips and tricks for being sustainable and low waste. Please go check these lovely ladies out and let me know in the comments if I should talk more in detail about living a low waste life. I specifically am thinking of talking about how I did low waste while living in a college dorm.
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