Many of us are on the path of Minimalism or Simple Living. Along those lines is another path you could follow — Zero Waste Living. The name is self explanatory, but let me give you a little more to go on. The core of the zero waste concept is to avoid anything that might end up in a landfill. To do this, the three R’s come into play. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. The reduce and reuse portion typically hold more focus than the recycling. There can be a lot of waste in recycling, so it’s better to use items that don’t need to be recycled if possible.
Lindsay Miles of Treading My Own Path has been practicing zero waste living for the past four years. During that time she has learned a lot about what works and where the challenges lie. Today she shares 8 Lessons from 4 Years of Zero Waste Living.
- The first solution is not always the final one.
- You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing (especially if it doesn’t feel right for you).
- You will make mistakes (and that’s ok, it’s all part of the change).
- You don’t need to buy a brand new toolkit on the first day.
- Do not get rid of perfectly good things for “better” things.
- You get to set your own rules.
- There may be exceptions to your rules.
- You don’t have to keep your waste in a mason jar.
I find it fascinating that zero waste living is even possible, and to read about people like Lindsay, that are doing it, is truly inspiring.
Here is something really cool. Lessons one through seven, also apply to minimalism. So for those of you who aren’t on the zero waste path, but are on the minimalism path, consider how these lessons could apply to your goals.
Then head over the Lindsay’s blog post to read up on zero waste. I think you will find it very interesting. If you want more info on zero waste, poke around her blog as she shares quite a lot of info.