Transition to Zero Waste

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I absolutely love watching documentaries. They seem so inspiring and eye-opening to me. I have learned about things happening around the world that I had never even thought about before.

One day I started watching a documentary on Netflix called A Plastic Ocean. I had watched environmental documentaries about sustainability and problems that pollution and waste are causing, but for some reason this documentary really touched me. I remember this specific scene in the documentary of a seashore lined with plastic trash and dead birds. These birds had died from ingesting too much plastic that they confused for food because of the different shapes and colors of the plastic. Unable to digest the plastic, the birds’ bellies became enlarged making them feel full, starving to death. I have to admit I have never been a huge fan of birds, so when this scene brought me to tears, I was surprised at myself. Why was this effecting me so much, and what could I do to change this?

Birds, fish, beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue oceans, national forests, fields of wildfires, and so much more are being filled with plastic killing the wildlife, polluting our drinking water, and covering our land and sea with pollution. Seeing the massive destruction that plastic has caused to our planet right before my eyes made it too real to ignore. I knew I had to make a change in my own life. Reduce the amount of plastic I was contributing to landfills, the oceans, and in general our world. I began researching and came across this lifestyle called zero waste. I read many blog posts and watched many videos learning all about this way of living. Initially I was researching to see how I could lessen the amount of plastic I produce, but the zero waste lifestyle showed me how I could do so much more!

When I set my mind to something, I go all in. So, when I discovered zero waste, I began purging my apartment of all useless junk, single-use items, and plastic food containers. I repurposed what I could, donated much, and recycled the rest. Immediately I changed my eating habits, shopping habits and daily living activities. It may seem like a lot for some people, and there is no right or wrong way to become more environmentally conscious, but this way worked for me. Some people may like taking one step at a time slowly swapping to zero waste reusable items, and that is great! Do what you can, when you can, however you can!

I have been on this zero waste journey for about 10 weeks now, and I cannot imagine going back to my life before zero waste. It definitely was more difficult at the beginning, but now I don't even really have to think about it too much. I am more conscious of everything in stores and restaurants, I have saved money shopping, and I eat healthier. There are some times when this lifestyle seems hard, but then I meet someone who thanks me for what I am doing and it all seems worth it again. I have learned so much during this adventure, and I know that I will just continue to learn more. I am far from perfect and definitely still produce some waste, but I strive to reduce my waste more and more each day! 

So, this is my adventure to try and keep our beautiful land from being tainted by trash. I will share what I have learned along the way, hacks for daily living, DIY zero waste projects in the home, recipes, and any other life experiences related back to my zero waste adventure. Stay tuned!