As the second year of my “zero waste” journey ends, I thought it would be appropriate to check in. Let me be clear and say that I am no longer the same person that I was when I began. Meaning I’ve definitely loosened the reins a little, especially since cutting meat and dairy out of my life completely.
As part of my two year celebration, I wanted to post something fun. While I avoided ever reading any of the comments on the video about me living zero waste, I finally took a moment to scroll quickly through them and pick out some of my favs.
But before we get to the questions and comments posted on the Exploring Alternatives video, I thought I’d quickly establish 5 Truths.
Truth #1) Since moving in with my partner, I can safely admit I have created about a large garbage bag full of garbage. We don’t keep separate garbages or anything, nor do I stuff all of my items in a mason jar, but I do monitor my waste still and over the past six months, I approximate about one full garbage bag. Part of which is also because I volunteer to rescue food now. Not too bad, I’d say.
Truth #2) Take out has been a culprit. UberEats and Just Eat make it easy. On the days I don’t feel like cooking or I haven’t had any time to go to the grocery store or out anywhere, then I order for delivery. I admit to having about 7 instances in the last year where I ordered in and has contributed to my waste. And it has been from the same place. Open Rice.
Truth #3) Make-up. That natural, DIY stuff, other than my activated charcoal eyeliner, I hate. I still use eyeshadow make-up that I’ve had for years when he and I have date night (I know make-up junkies will tell me it’s probably gone bad, but I can’t waste it), and I bought fresh mineral bronzer once when I had a photo shoot. Although, I will post a DIY recipe for vegan mascara, it’s really only good for people with light lashes. My lashes are black as black can be. When I put it on, you can’t even tell the difference, so why bother? I still barely wear make-up except for the activated charcoal eyeliner and I don’t need to justify why either.
Truth #4) I still screw up on saying no to straws, especially when travelling.
Truth #5) I was feeling depressed once and I bought 2 shirts that weren’t thrift. They were on clearance. Did you know clothes get thrown out that are on clearance if no one buys them? Basically anything that is on clearance, food, furniture or anything damaged even slightly. Right in the trash. I had a friend work at a home decor place once and she told me that slightly scratched furniture needed to go in the dumpster, but FIRST it had to be beaten up with a hammer and mutilated so that no one would ever want to take it away from the dumpster. Ever. Sigh.
And that’s it. Have fun reading YouTube comments.
Yes, I believe I should too. Still part of the dream.
Linda, you are right. I was not aware that every thing I do has an impact. Thank you. I definitely feel way smarter after reading this comment, but I think you also do not understand what striving for “zero waste” really means. I understand that we can not be perfect in today’s standards. It would mean not owning modern technology, like this computer (or smart phone) you’re writing me on. We would need to grow our own food and save seeds. Compost our own waste. The list goes on. I don’t claim to be perfect and I’m sure most zero wasters understand that they can’t be perfect either.
Don’t pity single mothers. I have met many Mommies who are single by choice because they wanted a child but didn’t want to look for a suitable partner or waste time. Also, my boy has a great relationship with his Father.
Bulk buying is purchasing larger quantities, yes. When you can afford it. A few times I’d buy bulk and there would be about 3 or 4 of us pitching in on the order. At Mountain Path the minimum order was $300.
I still Art. I am an Art Educator and run a nonprofit that provides free workshops to at-risk youth in Nunavut and Ottawa so I have to purchase supplies when I run workshops. Outside of that, on my own, I still upcycle, use garbage and I’m actually STILL using my inventory from before zero waste. I seriously had A LOT.
Nope. It’s a Classic Samurai. I still haven’t had to purchase new blades since I got it.
There are many articles that would beg to differ. And my son hasn’t made a single complaint once about not having many toys. He has a lot of fun playing with his current small box of toys, or legos that were from 25 years ago, or with sticks, or with spoons, or with the tiles on the floor of the kitchen. He makes art. He uses something called his imagination. He is definitely very much a child that plays, is creative and has fun.
You’re right! This is so fucking stupid! Actually to be fair, if you killed yourself it would make for one less person creating waste, encouraging consumption and contributing to stupid global warming, but please don’t do that. There are probably people that love you and would miss you.
My name is not Bea, but if you took the time to read any of my first posts, you’ll see I used her as a resource and source of inspiration when I first started.
I Amazoned it. Not the best choice, but when I went straight to the company website, they don’t sell it there. Classic Samurai.
When I lived closer to a natural food store that sold it in bulk, I would buy it there. Now I just try to buy the largest jug of it possible when and where I can.
Aw, thank you. I feel calm. Most of the time. And no I am not Indonesian. Are they calm with gentle soothing aura’s? I am from Southeast Asia from a tiny country with over 7,000 islands called the Philippines. I am Filipina.
Here, here Kristina! I second her about Stefan Thompson. He’s a beautiful soul and a talented artist.
Yes. I am Vegan. I don’t think it should ever be about comparing though. People do what they can when they are moved to.
So the Internet says. I have also read on My Plastic Free Life aka Beth Terry, that they are not. And that you shouldn’t put them in your compost. Whether they are “edible” or not, I don’t want that in my body. Maybe you can tell me if they are. Eat a lot of them and poop and then tell me if they show up in your poop or not.
I took my one year of hardcore zero wasteness seriously. Almost too seriously. You are correct that buying fruit out of season and not local is not that sustainable. Trying to be zero waste does not mean you are perfect, as I have admitted to many times in this post and many others. The larger quantities you buy, yes the more sustainable that can be, but also the more you waste, should it go bad. I buy what I need now.
You caught me. I do drive a car. So I am a horrible zero waster. Both my cars I have purchased have been old. My first lasted me 3 years. I have a car because I work for myself and have to travel to many locations with camera equipment or art supplies in order to survive and feed my child. I can not be perfect. At least I have not purchased a brand new car, ever. Buying new, unless possibly a hybrid or electric, is worse for the environment.
I use my entire face to wipe my butt. My whole entire face. Actually, I use these.
Everything that has happened now is a result of someone copying someone else. In fact, you’ve actually just copied a previous comment. Artists do it all the time. So do Writers. Monkeys copy. So if we must copy something, I agree with Lainey Marie.
I do not make shaving soap, though my friend has made some for men. I just use bar soap that my friend makes and water.
The only juice I have bought was 100% not from concentrate cranberry juice to relieve a bladder infection and it was in a glass bottle. Otherwise, I make my own juice using a blender or just drink water. .
I would never refuse any medicine that I needed in order to live a happy life. I have definitely bought Advil once and once I was prescribed something to help me breath due to asthma. Being perfectly zero waste is impossible, I agree.
I just shouldn’t be pooping… interesting. I think if I never pooped, I would definitely be famous. As it stands right now, I am not. And that is because I poop.