The phrase ‘zero waste’ is just so intriguing, it sounds like the answer to so many of our problems as avid consumers yet only sometimes recyclers. Naturally, I first came across this lifestyle on a blog – cue a week long blog/YouTube binge session in an attempt to learn everything I possibly could about it. If you don’t know – the zero waste lifestyle is an attempt to produce no landfill waste, but instead recycle, reuse or compost. But of course some plastics can’t be recycled so alongside this comes the phasing out of plastic all together. This means no packaging, no take out boxes. Not even a sticker on your apple. Sure, I recycle when I can but it has never dawned on me how disposable everything we buy is. Everything. Even things you don’t think of as disposable like your toothbrush.
During my research, I was amazed at the lengths some individuals go to minimize their waste – taking mason jars to the store to stock up on bulk items, carrying bread home in a pillow case. While I admire how committed these people are, it would never fit in with my lifestyle. As a traveller I only have a backpack and cannot afford to own ten mason jars to take to the supermarket as I simply do not have the room (or the upper body strength). Instead, I’ve decided to come up with more practical alternatives in attempts to produce as little waste as I feasibly can while keeping my backpack to a minimum. I’ll be finding some easy-peasy solutions that anyone and everyone can use in order to minimize waste – even those on the road, unable to buy in bulk and unaware of where around them stocks package-free butter (yes, apparently that’s a thing). These solutions will also be super budget friendly (I have $3.85 until pay-day) so I will be highlighting the cheap and free things you can do plus ideas that will save you money!
So here we go, I’m armed with canvas bags and Tupperware and I hope you’ll wish me luck! Below I’ve listed a few of my favourite resources – happy bingeing.
Femmehead (more minimalism related but she’s hilarious)