Sustainable Living/ Zero-Waste: My 2017 and 2018

Zero-waste is a term that scares some people. For those of you who are aware of or part of the movement, you know what it’s like to feel as if the other zero-wasters (namely the famous ones like Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer) know what they’re doing and that you’ll never be able to fit a year’s worth of trash into just a single Mason jar. And I, as a self-proclaimed imperfectionist (yes, I made the word up), am here to remind you that not one of any of the well-known and revered zero-waste leaders is actually producing zero waste.

That is what helps me to count all of my tiny victories, put around 8lbs of trash in my dumpster every week, and still designate myself as part of the zero-waste movement ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m learning how to do better everyday, and that is all that matters to me!

It has always helped me to read experiences from others who have attempted a life change that I myself want to implement- so here is a list of the low-waste systems/products/ideas that I used in 2017 and a list of the new things I have begun implementing for 2018. I hope this gives you some ideas of the many ways, both small and big, that you can live a more sustainable life! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

2017:

  • handmade organic cotton hankies (this one is actually one of the most important ones since I get colds very often haha)
  • soap nuts for laundry
  • cleaning rags made from old t-shirts
  • veganism at home
  • ย thrifted fabric shower curtain instead of PVC
  • bulk shopping at Whole Foods with handmade bulk bags (made from scrap muslin and linen)
  • paperless billing
  • mostly stopped buying new clothes from non-Fair Trade businesses
  • homemade deodorant powder (1:1 ratio of cornstarch or arrowroot powder to baking soda)
  • requesting my iced coffee in a mug or glass at a coffee shop instead of using a paper cup
  • buying recycled paper toilet paper
  • recycling
  • trying not to use any disposable plastic containers or cups
  • cleaning with vinegar, lemons, baking soda, and castile soap instead of toxic Lysol or bleach
  • handmade pantiliners with scrap quilting fabric
  • refusing plastic bags anytime that I can

 

Now, here’s a list of the things I’ve already started doing for 2018 to be more sustainable…

 

2018:

  • SOLD MY CAR! ๐Ÿ˜€ – walking to work now or take Uber on cold days
  • turned my dog vegetarian and then vegan- homemade food! (making things at home prevents around 7 steps of production pollution from going into our environment- and keeps tons of toxic chemicals away from my little pup)
  • did my own taxes (and saved the file as a PDF instead of having an accountant waste a tree to print my tax return)
  • more bulk goods at Whole Foods
  • sewing my own clothing from clearance thrift store clothing or organic fabric
  • opting for an e-mailed receipt whenever a store gives that option

 

 

I hope that the changes I’ve made give you some ideas if you are also interested in living a low-waste lifestyle! Please comment below if you have any eco-friendly hacks that you’ve recently discovered as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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