Have you ever felt drawn to the idea of living a ‘zero waste’ life, but aren’t sure where to start?
Perhaps you’ve come across the term and haven’t a clue what it really means…or you’re aware of the concept but you’re not sure it’s even possible.
Over the last couple of years, I myself have become more intrigued and inspired by this lifestyle. I decided to put together a simple ‘FAQ’ section here on my blog and on my Instagram, to help quell any worries, doubts, confusion or scepticism about this way of living.
Do you have a question I haven’t answered? Simply send me an email – email@example.com – and I’ll add it to the list!
1. What exactly is ‘zero waste’?
The term ‘zero waste’ is given to describe a way of life that minimises the waste we create, and our overall negative impact on the environment.
2. Is it ever really possible to live with ‘zero waste’?
No. We will continue to create waste simply by existing on this earth, so living a literally ‘zero’ waste lifestyle isn’t actually possible. However, this is just a term given to the movement to imply a lower waste way of living. Technically we should be calling it a ‘low waste’ lifestyle, but ideally, as little waste as possible is the goal.
3. Is it really expensive?
At first, buying some zero-waste items may seem more expensive at first, such as tote bags, a reusable water bottle, plastic-free sponges etc. However, over time these items will last so much longer and save you a lot of money in the long run. So overall it is a cheaper way to live.
4. “I’m so overwhelmed; I don’t know where to start.”
Start slow. You don’t have to overhaul your entire life all at once. Just making better choices with each new purchase is enough to slowly but surely minimise your waste.
Read some zero waste blogs and make a note of any simple changes you can make today. Then, each time you run out of something, simply replace it with a lower-waste, more eco-friendly alternative.
5. “Why should I try to reduce my waste?”
Aside from the obvious benefits to our planet, living a lower waste lifestyle is great for your peace of mind. Not only does it make life simpler with fewer decisions to make, it also leads to less mess, a more clutter-free home and an overall more organised and stress-free way of living.
Do you have another question about zero waste living I didn’t answer? Hit me up – firstname.lastname@example.org.