Well, let’s just get straight to it, shall we? I am a wasteful person. A waste-filled lifestyle is not something I set out to master, but as I’ve looked back on this past year, I was quite in shock at how much I waste I produced. My trashy habits are not intentional. Then again, I also haven’t taken active measures to counteract these choices. Sure, I recycle, tote around my reusable water bottle, and opt to carry my groceries home when I forget my cloth bag…again. Pat on my back? Hardly. However, it’s a start.
The fact is, choosing a zero waste lifestyle takes significant planning and considerable awareness. It looks rather simple from a distance, but when ideals confront action, it’s a bit more difficult than meets the eye. We live in a world where paper towels and plastic bags are household essentials. Produce is consistently prepackaged in some form of clear film. Our beverages come decorated with plastic trinkets and straws. Simply take a glance at your trash can and you’ll quickly become aware at how easy it is to waste.
Let’s be clear: I am not a zero waste expert. I admit, I’m actually pretty terrible in this arena! Despite my lack, I fiercely desire to be sharpened and challenged in order to unearth lasting growth. Therefore, I’m trying to cut down excuses and instead, start walking in the direction of wasting less. If you’ve been hesitant to pursue a more zero waste lifestyle, you’re in good company. Here’s to approaching zero waste in baby steps!
As our vacation to Bali drew near, I carefully examined my prickly dilemma: I hadn’t shaved my legs in months! Honesty is fun, right!? I’d owned the latest version of a Venus razor for nearly two years (their colorful commercials always seemed to coax me into buying the latest and greatest model. Pat on the back for those marketing gurus). I stocked up on replacement razor heads before moving to South Korea. My stash of plastic lasted me through this past summer, and once my final blade was dull, I got lazy. No one was going to see my legs anyway, right?
Finally, it was time to retire the au naturel style my legs had grown accustom to (pun intended). My husband joyously cheered me on as I searched for the perfect zero waste razor. He was such a trooper through those hairy months. I settled on purchasing a safety razor and was ecstatic about how easy it is to use! Horror stories aside, I only cut myself once (calm down, overconfidence!) Beyond simple function, this beauty has a lifetime warranty, which means I’ve already planned our long term relationship.
Okay, let’s cut to it: buying a safety razor isn’t going to change the world. But making small ethical choices that go against the grain, turning them into habits, and letting your habits rub off on others? Now we’re onto something. If you’ve been hesitant to start a more zero waste lifestyle, I feel you! Start small. Ask a lot of questions. Glean from others who are doing things right. Mess up. Learn. Try again.