Wow, OK. So I did my research. I thought long and hard, and decided that I did, in fact, want to become zero waste, or at least try.” Only thing is, I didn’t know where to start. At first, I started getting rather frustrated when immediately comparing my day-to-day with those who have already mastered the art of completely eliminating trash from their lives. I would start each day the same, determined that this was the day that I would produce zero trash. Then it happened. I finally used all of the breakfast sausages I had bought a week before – trash, I had to scoop the litter box because it was starting to make the house stink – trash, I finished a bottle of face wash – trash. You get the pattern, right? I finally had to tell myself, “Megean, this is going to be a process!” But of course, I’m one of those people who like instant gratification. Thing is, this isn’t something that should be instant. Kind of like weight loss – it would be incredibly unhealthy if it was.
After coming to the realization that I need to take baby steps, I came up with a plan on how to start. The very first thing I did, was evaluate what I threw away, because how could I eliminate trash from my life without knowing what my trash was to begin with?
Well, here it is, in all its disgusting glory, my trash.
- Plastic Bags
- Ear Swabs
- Candy Wrappers
- Plastic Bottles
- Beer Bottles
- Plastic Packaging
- Fast Food Packaging
- Toilet Tissue
- Meat Packaging
- Not Pictured – Animal Waste (Who wants to look at that?)
So, seeing what I throw away makes it very clear what I need to start replacing with zero waste alternatives. I can already see there are a lot of things that I can either recycle or just stop eating since they are unhealthy for me. This whole process might be easier than I thought!