Saturday, January 24, 2015
Baby Steps to a Waste Free Life
I've recently become interested in a "waste free lifestyle" after reading this article about a New York City girl who has not created waste in 2 years. At first, I thought that was ridiculous, but after thinking about it and asking friends and family some questions, I reconsidered. Not only is a waste free life great for the planet, but it makes you live a lot healthier and can even save you money.
Now I'm not saying that I have completely committed to that zero wast life, considering I'm still in a dorm and don't have a kitchen to do half of the things that a waste free lifestyle requires, but I am more eco-friendly conscious. I use my reusable bags when grocery shopping and I try not to buy water bottles or any plastic bottles. Of course, I slip up every now and then, but it's a small step to using less plastic.
Basically the main idea of a zero waste life is to not use or need plastic products. So replacing plastic house hold items with glass, metal, or wood. That's why you can see mason jars galore all over Pinterest now. That also includes making a lot of your own things. Like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, those all come in plastic containers. It may sound tedious, but it actually can save you a lot of money in the end and it's healthier because you know all of the natural ingredients in your soaps and things. There are so many blogs, websites, and Pinterest pins out there. I've been collecting pins on my Pinterest account for the day that I'm in my own house/ apartment and can actually make my own items. Of course, I'll have roommates, but I won't be pressuring them to live waste free. But we could all go to the local market to buy some organic groceries instead of buying supermarket produce. Supporting the local farmers and using less plastic!
I would have never thought I would be one of those "eco freaks", but after some research and thought why shouldn't I try to do my part to make less waste? I mean, we've all driven by or seen a landfill and know that's its disgusting and will continue to grow if we don't do something now. I'm just taking my baby steps to help save the planet now instead of later.