Yes, I know I post so much about the environment. But it is clearly an important topic to me xD
So, as some of you may know, my summer project was to go Zero Waste which went pretty well, although I have found some issues with the movement, which actually was never meant for ordinary people to do. It was for companies, which are what actually produce the waste. People just create a damand for new products by buying them, but it really should be that the companies stop making the products. Also, zero waste creates such an awareness about solid waste (the trash made) that people don't think about the other waste they make, such as water and gas. There's a great thing called the Low Impact Movement that is pretty awesome. It focuses on all waste made and is broad enough that people who don't have access to bulk stores and other zero waste things can still do it. (If you want to learn more, click here or here). Still, I have had an idea for a while that I'm calling Thoughtful Wasting that I'd thought I'd share.
Basically, you are as thoughtful to the environment as makes sense to you and your life, but you keep the main goal low impact :). Here's what I'm going to try to do:
- Buy all I can second hand, and the only things I don't buy second hand have to be from a good, environmentally friendly company
- Have all my trash go into a smallish trash can, but try to figure out other options than to just throw stuff away. For example, If I have a pair of sneakers I could send them to Nike Reuse-A-Shoe instead of to the landfill. There is also something called TerraCycle that recycles a TON of things.
- Compost all I can. This includes paper, hair off of a hair brush, food of course, etc.
- Continue to not buy single-use plastic, but every once and a while it's okay :)
- Decide on the best option thoughtfully. Example: I want a reusable metal straw, but it comes in plastic. In the long run, I will use more plastic in single use straws then the plastic that the reusable straw comes in. So IMO it's better to get the metal straw.
- Bike or walk whenever I can instead of driving. (Or take the bus)
- Collect extra water and use it to water plants or something
If you are at all interested in Zero Waste, Thoughtful Wasting, or the Low Impact movement, I have an idea we can talk about it here. For three or so days, try to make as little waste as possible and collect all the trash you do make. It's very interesting how simply being aware can help you make better choices.
A few other things...
- I have collected links to a lot of organizations that are doing great things so feel free to ask about something you are wondering about and I'll see if I know of something. (sorry that made no sense xD)
- Here is the link to some very intersting statistics about waste. It's meant to educate people, but not make them feel bad about stuff, since that gets you nowhere <3
- On a much better note, watch this video. It's really awesome and almost made me cry.
- *IMPORTANT* I made this board to share what I am doing for the environment and hopefully inspire other people, but I don't want anyone to feel bad about that they are not doing or what they could do better. There have been many times this summer where I've felt bad and I promise it gets you no where. You are all fabulous human beings <3333