I learned about the zero waste movement in February of 2017 and immediately set goals for myself to decrease my waste. I wrote a blog post, titled 12 Months to Becoming a Zero Waste Home, and it guided me in my first year of living more sustainably. Now that 2017 is wrapping up, and 2018 is officially here, I want to take my zero waste game to the next level. But how? And why?
First let’s start with “the why”. Its important to me that I continue to challenge myself to live more sustainbly in the areas of my life where I still create waste. I still struggle with things like green cleaning products, too many clothes, and the art of refusing (the first R in the zero waste mantra.) In addition, I want to nurture this amazing Zero Waste community that has started to form online via my various social media accounts. I have met so many wonderful people as a result of starting Zero Wasted and I want to continue to engage others who are doing amazing things to decrease their impact on the environment.
Now, for “the how”. I have decided to spend the next year focusing on the following themes and challenges to improve my zero waste game. I hope you will continue to join me in this journey and partake in some of the challenges!
Here they are, in no particular order…
Zero Waste Online Book Club
This virtual book club will be an opportunity for people interested in reading zero waste or environmental books to engage with others in a safe space. This should be a fantastic opportunity for us to engage in a new online forum space that I am currently creating. We will start with the Mother of all zero waste books, the Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.
Zero Waste Meetups
It is extremely important to spread the word about sustainable living. I believe that if enough people are engaged in the zero waste movement, we can combat climate change. So it is up to all of us to provide the opportunity for others to become involved, and meetups are a great way to get people together for discussion and community. This month will focus on how to organize a meetup and host one. You will have the tools do this in your own community!
Project 333 Clothing Challenge
Never heard of it? Don’t worry! Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge where you dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. I will guide you through the process of creating a Project 333 wardrobe and rocking it!
Decluttering and Minimalism
Let’s be real here…this is something I really need to work on! Clutter seems to cloud my physical space and in turn causes me stress and anxiety. Not to mention I have all of these things that I don’t need/use and these are wasted resources. We will go through the process of determining what is really important and discarding/donating/reusing the rest.
We all have electronics. Currently, I have a personal laptop, an iphone, a fitbit, an ipod, and my husband has his laptop, a tablet, ipod, and his phone. What is the best way to “recycle” these electronics? Where does electronic waste currently go? And most importunately, how can I change my behavior so that I don’t have any electronic waste?
A large part of my impact on the environment stems from my consumption of animal products. I was vegetarian for eight years, but now try to eat as sustainably as possible through I am not vegan nor vegetarian. Join me in a challenge to try veganism. I will share some recipes and my experience via social media and I hope you will join me in this challenge.
Back to the Basics of Zero Waste – The 5 R’s
The 5 R’s stand for refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot. I have struggled with some of these more than others, and I have heard from this community that more people want information about rot. I hope I can deliver some helpful information for you!
Zero Waste Resources
There is an amazing amount of information out there in the form of blogs, books, and movies. I will focus on showcasing my favorites and ask you about where you get your information.
Importance of Living Plastic Free
So many people I’ve met say the zero waste movement should be called the plastic free movement. I get why they say that – the two topics are very intertwined! I will explore our societies dependence on plastic, alternatives to plastic produces, and the recycling process of plastic.
No Shopping Challenge
Join me in this month-long no shopping challenge to decrease your impact on the environment. The rules are no purchasing of any goods (clothes, impulse buys, no Amazon!) but necessities are exempt (such as groceries and medication).
I still struggle with cleaning products as I don’t have the time to make my own and the others I purchase come in plastic. I really want to find refillable options at my local co-op or find some brands that come in paper packaging. Let me know if you have any brands that you love!
Reduction of Food Waste
Reducing food waste is one important step in living a more sustainable lifestyle. I will explore meal planning tips, recipes for food that is nearing the end of its edible life, and creative ways you can prevent food waste.
How are you upping your zero waste game in 2018?