Starting Zero Waste and Creating a More Meaningful Life

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The other day I was browsing Facebook and I came across this video of a women in a New York apartment who had 1 mason jar of garbage for the past 5 years.

How is that even possible?

Lauren Singer buys package free and in bulk, buys second hand, makes her own products, and composts. This way she is able to limit the amount of garbage that goes into the environment.

I claim to be pro-environment and interested in renewable energy, but when I look at my life, I try to recycle when I can, but otherwise I continuously get plastic bags at the store, waste food, and use an unnecessary amount of products that go directly in the garbage when I am done. If I am living by my values…then it sure as heck doesn’t look like I value my environment.

I want to change this. I want to live out my values and not just in ways that are convenient to me. I care about the rapidly changing environment. And did you know that in one year Americans threw away 254 million tons of trash??? Landfills produce CO2 and methane which cause global warming. This is exactly what I’m working against!!!

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I never thought there was a way I could get rid of all my garbage. And to be honest, I was just to damn lazy and I like having things.

This movement isn’t saying you can’t have things though. We are just working to reduce our environmental impact and keep things that are meaningful and reusable, while collecting memories. And looking at some of the steps, it doesn’t seem all that hard either. Just some determination.

Fits in perfect with this minimalism movement, huh?

So with that being said, I’m going to start following along with Zero Waste Nerd and her 30 day guide to zero waste. Today I’m starting with use cloth bags, so I just bought some cloth bags to use for my next grocery trip!

It’s not about perfection. It’s about being more conscious of the things I am purchasing and how they impact the place I live.

I hope you will join me in this journey as we make the world a better place! I’ll be posting about my journey on my Twitter, so you can follow along!

What is one thing you can do to reduce your waste?

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