Zero waste is all about setting a new standard of living to save the only planet we call home. With land, water and air pollution reaching alarming numbers, it’s not only important to consider changing our lifestyle. It’s critical that we do.
There are a lot of misconceptions and pressure that come with making the switch. Zero waste to you may mean differently to the next person. We’re here to make your journey easier, and as effective as it can be.
Here are things to know before going zero waste.
1. Understand that zero waste is a privilege
Just because you’re going zero waste, doesn’t mean you must shun those who haven’t. Keep in mind that not everyone has access to compost, let alone recycle areas. Not everyone has the money to shop at sustainable and natural stores. Furthermore, each person has different access to different resources. Consider the current pandemic as well, there are more people who are struggling now more than ever.
There is no one-size-fits-all rule when shifting to zero waste. Understand that it is a privilege and if you are able to do it, then it’s an essential step to take.
2. See what works for you
It can be daunting at first. There are a handful of things to give up, better decisions to make and ultimately, a change that hopefully becomes permanent. That means giving up certain habits that you’ve known all your life.
It may feel like a lot at first. That’s why it’s so important to remind yourself to take it slow and see what works for you. Tailor the zero waste lifestyle with your own, unique situation. Otherwise, it’s only going to be an excruciating chore that won’t stick.
3. Be ready to do the work
Preparing for what’s to come is another thing you need to know before going zero waste. This lifestyle is a commitment. Mother Earth doesn’t have the luxury of the time. In fact, our planet is a ticking time bomb. So be ready to do the work.
Once you discover things and take different steps in this new journey of yours, you will realize how many habits you can easily break and make. Moreover, you’ll notice how things can get easier once you commit to it.
4. Be open to mistakes and challenges
Going zero waste doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re falling short or having a hard time adjusting. It will take time for you to get used to this change so forgive yourself when you falter at times.
One thing we can suggest is to keep a log. Jot down the days as you progress and achieve your goals a day at the time. This way, you can easily see your strengths and areas of opportunity.
5. Keep an open, learning mind
You’re not alone in this journey. Remember that there are plenty of ecowarriors out there going on the same path as you. Whether reading their stories online or connecting with them directly, keep an open and learning mind. This is one of the most crucial things to know before going zero waste; that those who are already doing it can help you as you start your own journey.