There are so many ways to begin a zero waste lifestyle. Most of the time people start making these changes because they have read or heard about the tragic effect that waste is having on our planet. Knowing how much needs to change, on a personal and universal level, is quite a lot to process.
Basically, what we’re trying to say is it’s freaking overwhelming to think about and that’s ok. Just start simple, changing things bit by bit, and you will be amazed at how easy it is and the positive way your life will be affected. We are happy to share some tips to help get you started on this journey! Check ‘em out below.
The Lifestyle & The Journey
When you see the words ‘zero waste’ it tends to feel like you need to find a way to completely get rid of your trash can. While yes, that is a goal, no one expects you to be able to start that way. Every zero waste blogger will tell you not to jump the gun, this is a journey, not a race, and it’s most productive when you take it one day at a time. What’s really going to help you get started with this lifestyle makeover journey is getting really clear on why it’s important to you. Main motivators for many are:
- Too much money is going toward conveniences.
- Stories in the news about their ecological footprint and climate change.
- The guilt of every plastic fork, cup, plate, bag, bottle, etc. they’re throwing away on a regular basis.
If you experience the weight of just one of those examples, there is no doubt that making the essential zero waste changes will change your life for the better.
Some Simple Lifestyle Changes.
Once you know what’s really bugging you, start with changes that relate to that. For example, if you’re buying coffee from a coffee shop for convenience every day, get a travel mug and perhaps a french press for your home.
Furthermore, here are some steps that will help you visualize your zero waste journey:
- Start with your “why” as we just discussed.
- Pay attention to the things that are filling your trash can, find the common items, and make a list of reusable ones you could purchase.
- Take a look around at your belongings and see if you actually already have items that you can use for replacements instead of needing to purchase things.
- Start following/subscribe to zero waste lifestyle resources.
- Surround yourself with supportive people who care about this lifestyle, too.
Once you get this initial groundwork set, additional lifestyle changes (composting, reusing and repurposing, eliminating unnecessary items, etc.) will come easily.
Supporting Likeminded Companies
As much as changing your daily behaviors help, also start looking for companies that are prioritizing the repurposing wasteful materials. Check out some of our articles that highlight these companies and organizations here! You can also learn how WE repurpose plastic here.