I’m not really sure how Pinterest decides which Pins it should recommend to me or how it adds to my main feed. Obviously some of it make sense, if I Pin a recipe for brownies I expect to be bombarded with other decedent and chocolatey desserts! But then there are times when I am scrolling through and I’ll see a Pin that claims I can ward off evil spirits by using salt water… I can only assume that by Pinning essential oils Pinterest has decided I’m a Wiccan or believer in other weird earth things such as crystals (In case you’re wondering, I am neither.) I can’t decide if my main feed is simply set up of things that relate to me, Pins from those I follow, or trending topics from around the nation.. I can only assume it’s a little bit of everything? That being said I’m not really sure if this is a new trend that is sweeping the nation or if I’m simply seeing a lot about it because it relates to things I have searched or Pinned myself.
I have seen a large amount of posts talking about the “zero waste lifestyle.” After reading through some of the blog posts and articles on the topic I realized this type of lifestyle fits pretty closely to the idea of homesteading and going back to the old ways of doing life. In a way it makes me laugh because it seems like such an obvious idea and not really something I would consider a huge life change that requires posts such as, “How to live the Zero waste lifestyle in 9 easy steps,” or “10 items every Zero Waste lifestyle home needs!” However, when I truly think about it our generation really does rely on some pretty wasteful products that we could easily stop using and replace with more eco friendly options-most of which were the norm thirty or so years ago. So I tip my hat to those who are spreading the word and doing their part to get us back to wasting less and being smarter with our purchases and way of life.
So what is the Zero Waste Lifestyle? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the gist of it is discontinuing the use of one time products or products made of materials that can’t be recycled or composted. Examples of these products would be, but are not limited to; plastic wrap, plastic bags, really anything plastic- even toothbrushes and hairbrushes, paper towels along with food or other items that come in multiple layers of packaging (cereal.) I kind of shudder to think about all the random junk that will end up in the landfill once my kids have outgrown certain things…we’ll have to work on keeping stuff intact we can just pass it on.
In a few posts I read the authors had suggestions such as use what you have until it can no longer function then replace it with something that is more eco-friendly, this way you’re not creating waste by switching to zero waste…I mean, that makes sense❗️Some advised buying bamboo toothbrushes or making your own toothpaste so that you don’t have the toothpaste tube left at the end. As with any lifestyle there are many levels to it. You can go as extreme as taking a bag of zero waste items with you at all times when you leave the house so that you’re not forced to buy a plastic bottle of water or use a plastic fork, or you may just go the route of picking up something from the store that comes in a glass jar as opposed to a plastic one. Either way this can make a pretty big impact on our planet.
I have a couple of fun things my family has done to become Zero Waste, though we didn’t know it at the time. We just wanted to use products that could be reused or paper products that could be composted for our garden. So here’s my list of products and ideas we use to work a little closer to zero waste (it’s a work in progress, we are by NO means on top of this.)
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper<<<<
ered a big old box of this toilet paper way back in August and we still have about half of it left.
a little skeptical that the thinner sheets would make the rolls last very long but we haven't had any issues! I love this company because they use bamboo to create the toilet paper. Since bamboo grows extremely fast it's more sustainable than cutting down trees! Not only this but the company also donates 50% of their proceeds to help make toilets for countries that can't really afford to have them all over the place. (This paper is also safer for septic system.)
San Francisco Bay Coffee Pods<<<<
tried, I really did, to stop using K-cups and just put coffee grounds in a filter insert for my keurig. But when you have three little kids that all love to talk non stop before you've had coffee in the morning you need a quick fix. -I am NOT a morning person- That's where these little beauties come in! You can get a box of 100 for about $30 at Costco AND they're made from vegetable based plastic so they are compostable!! Even if they end up in a landfill they won't be around for long. We keep ours though since coffee grounds are great for gardening.
A few other things we do are try and purchase food that comes in reusable containers;
I reuse all the glass jars we end up having from pasta sauce or pickles etc. They work great for storing food, bone broth, and even odds and ends like bread bag twist ties. Most of these jars have the same mouth size as my mason jars so I can switch out the lids if need be.
so save all of our egg cartons for when we have our own chickens. The styrofoam ones don't have any other use really but the cardboard ones we get from Aldi could also be used to plant seedlings in for starting our spring garden indoors. Once they're ready to go into the ground you can just plant each compartment since the cardboard is biodegradable!
We have also done a bit of a ditch and switch with certain products;
Now that we make our own bone broth we no longer buy chicken stock from the store which cuts down on the cans or boxes it comes in.
I make our hand soaps and cleaning supplies with my essential oils and reuse the same bottles each time.
We brew our own kombucha in reusable glass jars and bottles.
ajority of our grocery shopping is done at Aldi so I use reusable shopping bags, it's easier to remember to take them in when the store doesn't bag your stuff and you have to pay for each bag 🙂
so do everything we can to make sure things that are recyclable actually end up in the recycling and not in our garbage. The only thing I'm Really bad about recycling are the occasional plastic shopping bags we get. Somehow I always forget to drop them off at the store. More often than not we end up using them to throw out diapers. (Diapers…i know i know, those are so wasteful.)
My next plan of action is to find compostable garbage bags (which I know are a thing) and see if they will work for our family. I'm a little worried they may start to decompose before we get the garbage out to the can 🤢 I have also seen compostable plastic forks and plates! Really anything that doesn't just sit around and take up space but rather decomposes back into organic matter would be a step up!
Like I said we are far from living with zero waste. Especially with kids it can be really hard to do. But just because something is hard doesn't mean that you can't take small steps to get closer to a goal!
And don't forget;
I believe this 100%. If you want a world that produces more sustainable products and that works to find ways to make more things earth friendly, then cast your vote with what you buy. Marketing experts are watching and see what people really want.
What is one thing you could start doing today to work towards a little less waste?