Going zero waste???
So, if you read my last post, you know that I'm having a bit of an existencial crisis here. I need and want to change my shopping behavior and I'm trying to figure out which approach might work for me. If you start researching topics about buying less, reducing and and living sustainably, the one thing Google will lead you to is the "Zero Waste" movement.
I remember coming across the blog "Trash is for Tossers" a couple of years ago. I was intrigued. I've always been rather eco-conscious: I use tote bags for shopping, I recycle, I ...err... I do my best, okay?! Sustainability is a topic that is very dear to my heart and I admire people who are a lot more consistent than I am. And whose trash fits into a mason jar.
So, I went back to "Trash is for Tossers" - after years of not checking in - and I kept thinking: Could this be something for me?
Zero Waste is all about refusing items you don't need, reducing the things you own to a minimum, reusing and recycling stuff and rotting everything else (=composting your food waste).
Pretty radical. Being radical is usually not for me. But the overall idea of Zero Waste fascinates me. (And I'm obviously devouring every YouTube video ever made on this topic.)
So, I grabbed an old bed sheet, ripped it into pieces and made little rags of it. I'm using these instead of paper towels since 3 days now. The most simple change. However, changing such an internalized everyday habit like (not) throwing away the towel after each use, is so powerful!
Gandhi said (I mean, what would be a moralistic post without a Gandhi quote?!)
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
... This is literally what I've been aspiring to my whole life! I knew that what I wanted in life was everything to fit together. A circle. Round and smooth, where one part melts into the other. So, when I heard of this quote, I just nodded internally and understood that Gandhi totally knew the secrets of life.
So, will I go Zero Waste?
I highly doubt that my trash will ever be able to fit into one glass jar, but I want to change my life in such a way that, well, what I believe and do are in harmony. I feel that saying "no" to stuff I don't need, owing less stuff, reusing things and shopping more consciously could make me a happier person.
I'm still educating myself about Zero Waste, but I'm already feeling the creative juices flowing and I have tons of ideas about how to replace disposable items for reusable ones. I am excited!!!