…and living a life more aligned with our values.
Ever since I started on my path to simplicity, I have tiptoed around the concept of zero waste, or, in a more moderate way, making efforts to produce less waste.
The consumption cycle consists in three parts: acquire, use, discard. To me, a simple life should have an effect on all of these steps – buy less, make a better use and care of what we have, and discard less. With the zero waste movement, it is obviously the discard part we are tackling.
The zero waste advocates have managed to reduce their waste to one small jar a year or so. While they set a good example, to me, it seems a bit much for a start. It feels a bit hard to achieve. Like everything else, I prefer to adopt a moderate approach. A do your best policy.
Here are some tips that come from Lauren Singer as a starting point to reduce trash:
- Buy fewer packaged food products: when possible, favour bulk options, farmer’s markets or bigger size packs to limit the quantity of trash produced by packaging. Avoid industrial food as much as possible and get your own jars and containers to store bulk products.
- Make some of your own products (beauty and cleaning for example), as you’ll only get the packaging from ingredients instead of throwing empty bottles each time you finish a product. Buying in bigger quantity is also a good option (that’s what I do for rosewater and vegetal oil for example)
- Start a compost, if you can. This is a great way to recycle organic waste (vegetable peels, tea leaves…) and create natural fertilizer for your garden/terrace/balcony. This isn’t an easy one at first sight, as one needs to know a bit about composts to get started, but it can be a good project to have for the longer term, if your living space allows it.
What about you? Are you trying to reduce waste at home? Please let me know if you are interested in the subject of zero waste. If so I may write more as I make small daily efforts to reduce waste at home.
Sources for more info and practical tips:
Trash is for tossers
Zero waste home