I am back from break and even more motivated to continue writing about my little life and the things I experience. It’s been three months since deciding to try out a zero waste or a low waste lifestyle. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy as most people will tell you. Convenience and routine get in the way at times but over all it has been rewarding. Here are the eight things I have learned since going zero waste.
1.Coconut oil is a god send.
I jumped onto the coconut oil bandwagon and refuse to jump off. Coconut oil is so versatile and smells amazing. I use it in cooking, as makeup remover, shaving cream, moisturizer, deodorant, and so much more! I’ve replaced shaving cream completely and haven’t purchased any since I ran out in June. It leaves my legs silky smooth and I smell amazing.
2. People will judge you and want you to fail.
Just like any movement that is different from what is mainstream, people will judge you. They will ask questions about it. Wonder why your drinking out of a mason jar in public. Tell you that your efforts are wasted since your only one person. I’ve pretty much have heard it all. Don’t let those comments get to you. Be knowledgeable in the subject and continue doing what your passionate about. It is about the environment and having a future on this planet.
3. Mistakes happen
It’s 6am, I have a half hour to get ready, eat and drive to work. Of course I would forget my reusable cup for coffee. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You will make better choices next time. This is a zero waste lifestyle yes but it is nearly impossible to produce zero waste. Your going to have bumps in the road. Get up and continue making smarter choices.
4. Glass jars hold EVERYTHING!
I have also jumped on the glass jar bandwagon. I love glass jars. I use them for everything. I even use one for my morning coffee. Freezing in glass jars can be problem-some especially liquids because of breakage. If you do consider freezing liquid be careful and never over fill. It will break in your freezer and that clean up in no fun. Currently in my freezer I have chicken, red peppers and green peppers. With winter coming and certain produce going out of season, freezing in glass jars is going to help. On the topic, they are also great to take to the grocery store. Just take them to the customer service desk, weigh for the tare and fill up them up with bulk items. Whole foods has a wonderful selection of bulk items.
5. Time Management.
This is probably the hardest part for me. Prepping and time management is a huge factor in this lifestyle, especially if you are working full time. Plan ahead with grocery shopping and meals. Write down meal plans, cut up produce. If your going to eat out, plan ahead and bring your own container for leftovers. Use your time wisely. This will help eliminate quick runs to a store for convenience items. Make your own snacks for grab and go. Pack a lunch the night before work or school.
6. Join a community.
The internet is an amazing place! When first starting this journey, I was reading articles on the subject, Stalking instagram of people to get ideas. I searched on facebook of all places and found a couple different groups on zero waste. Actual people going through some of the same struggles I had gone through. This was the support group I needed! The groups had different people from around the world trying to live the same lifestyle as me. It helped with not feeling so alone in the experiences I was having.
7. Reusable water bottles are your best friends.
We all know plastic water bottles are the worse. You don’t know if the water is save or even it is actually coming from a mountain. Since making the switch to a reusable water bottle, I’ve double the amount of water I drink in a day. I carry it everywhere in my purse and refill when I need to. I am currently using a Klean Kanteen.
8.Everyone is different.
Lastly, everyone is at a different stage in this journey. It’s easy to judge or idolize a person based on what stage they are in. Don’t criticize other just because they are still using plastic bags or not composting. Even if they aren’t vegan, that’s okay. Maybe they aren’t ready for the step. We all have a common goal which is to save the environment.
I hope you enjoy my update post on my zero was lifestyle. Thank you for reading and hope to see you back soon!