Last weekend I stumbled across a blog called “Trash is for tossers“. Lauren, the blog owner lives a zero waste life in NYC. She was en Environmental Major in college. She decided to go waste free after two occasions
There were two moments that brought me to a trash-free, waste-free lifestyle:
The first was my senior year of college when my professor Jeffrey Hollender, of Seventh Generation fame, emphasized the importance living your values and made me think about my own personal environmental impact.
The second was when a fellow environmental studies major would bring lunch to class every week in a single use plastic bag, a disposable water bottle, and a plastic takeout container. I would sit there and think, we are supposed to be the future of this planet and here we are with our trash, messing it up. (Source)
In her vision, there are two steps into going zero waste: Evaluate and Transition. First you have to look at home much garbage you are producing and what kinds and why you want to decrease garbage in the first place and how you can decrease it. After that it’s time to transition, for instance by taking a reusable bag and waterbottel with you instead of buying bottles of water. Even minimizing is part of going zero waste. One of my goals for 2016 was to reduce the amount of waste I’m producing. Now I know I haven’t been doing a lot of that over the last year. I am trying to make sure that I separate as much as my garbage as possible, but I feel I could do a lot more. Also, with the move I want to get rid of as much unnecessary stuff as possible, and for some reason this includes getting rid of as much garbage as I can.
Since I work well in projects I’ve started a new project this year: No Waste Project.
Of course, I’m nog aiming to go totally waste free, but I’m going to try to reduce my waste as much as I can. I will be doing this via a number of ways. First of all I want to see how much waste I’m actually producing. I’ll be doing this in two ways:
- how much food am I tossing away
- how much garbage do I produce
After that I’m going to see how I can reduce the garbage I’m producing. I think I can win the most in the amount of packaging I use. I buy my chickpeas’ and lentils in cans while I can easily get them dried. Unfortunately, they come in plastic, but I believe it’s still better to have one bag of plastic instead of 4 cans with chickpeas’ which you trow out.
I’m also gonna keep track for a few days on how much food I actually trow out because of various reasons and see if there are other ways in which I can use these leftovers.