Starting My Low Waste Journey
Now that the New Year has rolled around, we all start our new goals and resolutions. Some we stick to and some that we don’t. My goals for this year vary but the biggest and most impactful is my decision to lower my waste and take better care of myself and the world. So, to start 2019 I have begun my low waste journey. I know that “No Waste” is the trend right now but I know that no waste just isn’t possible for me and my family at this time and that it can take even the most dedicated people YEARS to become truly no waste. But small steps can put you on a path to a less wasteful life.
Why are you doing this?
I will say that a big reason is from the influencers and people around me who have also taken on this life changing decision. To see the small things you can do has encouraged me to start my journey in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. And even in my research, I have found that there are so many things that you can do that my mum has always done. To have a parent who runs their own farm and produced their own food and is working to be off the grid, has inspired me to make the changes to make a better world for my children.
A lot of people; even those close to me, think that it’s some hippy dippy fad that will go away with time. But if more people truly stick to this lifestyle, it CAN have an impact on the world and being able to instill those values in my children will help in the future, too.
Where did you start?
The first steps that I have taken are for my shopping.
- Using reusable bags
- Using mesh bags for produce
- Using jars at bulk stores instead of plastic bags/ buying in bulk
- Using a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and water cup
- Using metal straws
- Using cloths and rags instead of disposable wipes/ cloths
- Using a bamboo scrubbing brush and bamboo sponge for dishes
- using reusable “cotton pads” for my skin care
- Storing left over food in containers
- Buying local produce
- Buying second hand (thrift stores and Facebook marketplace)
- Selling things/ donating items that I don’t want or need.
- Eating little - no meat.
- Composting and recycling
- Not buying food out of the home/ taking food with me.
What are you plans/ next steps?
- Going to farmers markets for items I can’t buy at my local store.
- Budgeting, thinking before purchases.
- Using bar soaps specifically designed for hair/ face. (I have purchased these but I can finish what I have first)
- Making at home cleaners
- Use a drying rack in winter and clothes line in summer
it’s a lot; or at least it seems that way when written down like this. But these small changes have made a difference even in the last few weeks of putting them into practice. I’m excited to see the benefits of these changes and being able to help the world, even in a small way.
Do you have any tips that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know! Are you starting to make the change to a low waste life? Let’s be on this journey together!
Remember to follow me on my new Instagram @lowwastemummy for updates!
Thank you so much for reading and following me on this journey! I look forward to continuing to share it!