My First Steps Towards Zero Waste

OK so a few days ago a friend of mine brought a video to my attention, shot by Seeker Stories about Lauren Singer. This remarkable 23 year old has managed to live so consciously that all the waste she has produced in two years fits into a single mason jar.  I have always had a certain urge to live as environmentally conscious as possible by buying only organic food, avoiding plastic and using reusable bags, but Lauren took it to the next level. Inspired by her story I started to search the Internet for other amazing people who pursue this lifestyle and I discovered that there is this whole community all dedicated to producing as little trash as possible. I was convinced. I have truly never even thought of the idea that this could actually work but seeing everybody else doing it made me know that I could do it too.

So the first thing I did was look through all my stuff to get an idea of how much plastic -and other material that would eventually go to landfill- I was actually using. I was shocked!!! It took 4 huge bags just for all the plastic of shampoo bottles, toothpaste, detergent etc. This only reassured me  that I was doing the right thing. So for the last 3 days I have evaluated everything I own, given away what I didn’t need anymore and stored up on a serious amount of Glass bottles and jars to replace everything I usually keep in plastic.

The next thing I did was to make a folder on my Internet browser to save all the sites I would need for my essentials. Here is what I have so far: Bamboo Toothbrush, general site for utensils, Ebay for second hand clothing or mason jars and  blogs by like-minded people for inspiration like: Paris To Go Trashisfortossers, Zerowastehome and Ecocult.

Third I took a walk around town to spot places that could be useful for my new lifestyle, like restaurants, markets and other places you can buy organic stuff in bulk.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new change that is about to happen and I am looking forward to discovering new things as I go along.
I am sure I will come past a few difficulties along the way but I am actually excited about the challenge and curious about what else is possible. I truly think that we all have a responsibility to keep our planet clean and healthy and I will do my best to contribute to achieving that goal.

Have you ever tried the zero waste lifestyle? If so, I would love to hear your story. Leave a comment or tweer me at @thewastedblog using #zerowaste


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