The Past (2011-2020)

30 Days to Zero Waste

There has been a lot of awareness about climate change and waste production over the years but it wasn’t until recently that I really started paying attention. A lot of people have switched to the zero waste lifestyle and I’ve considered it as well for the past few years. It seems to be a hard thing to do but everything is hard the first time you try it.

For quite some time now, people have been encouraged to use ecobags when shopping. Some cities have prohibited the use of plastic and instead opted for paper products. It isn’t that good either because it would increase deforestation, but I guess paper is still much better than plastic.

This year I have been more aware of my surroundings and the amount of waste I produce. I have made some small efforts into trying to reduce my waste. Making changes in the way I live has been easier since I’ve been living by myself for about 8 months. To help me further this goal, I sought after tips on how I can achieve living waste-free. I know there are some aspects where I can’t help it, but the main objective is reduce the amount of waste I produce. And it doesn’t hurt to try.

30 Days to Zero Waste

I have done little research, mostly Pinterest searches for some quick tips, but I found Zero Waste Nerd on Facebook. I don’t know how or when I liked that page but it just kept popping on my news feed. One day I decided to visit the website, and voila! I found out that Megean has a beginner’s guide which I could get on. Reading through it, I’m thinking I might not be able to do it in 30 days but it sure is something I can use as a guide for this lifestyle change.

Every time I tick something off from the list, I will write about it and add the link here.

  1. Reusable bags
  2. Reusable water bottle
  3. Reduce fast food
  4. Ditch the paper towels
  5. Coffee routine
  6. Cloth produce bags
  7. Bulk bins
  8. Reusable utensils
  9. Reduce your food waste
  10. Say “no” to freebies
  11. Compostable toothbrush
  12. Homemade toiletries
  13. Reusable menstrual products
  14. Compost
  15. Farmer’s market
  16. Junk mail
  17. Soap
  18. Straws
  19. Opt for secondhand
  20. Gifts
  21. Grow your own food
  22. Safety razor
  23. Cleaning
  24. Eat more plants
  25. Reusable tissues and hankies
  26. Home efficiency
  27. Ditch plastic wrap
  28. Repair and mend
  29. Buy less
  30. Recycle

It’s not just a fad

Some people may think that I’m just jumping on the bandwagon, but I’m not. It’s not like that for me. I have been super conscious about the amount of plastic I use in and out of the house. Every time I use a toilet paper, I feel sad. When I throw the garbage out, I feel guilty. So this is a real deal for me.

Someone once asked me, “isn’t it a hassle to bring all those stuff with you?”, referring to my lunch box, tumbler, and utensils. At that moment, all I could think about was…

[bctt tweet=”A little inconvenience is a small price to pay for helping make the world a better place to live in.” username=”nicklelove”]

While going zero waste may not be the lifestyle for you, in what ways can/do you help reduce your waste? Remember, a little goes a long way.

30 Days to Zero Waste pin