I was talking with a friend the other day about a new eco-friendly product, solving the solution of disposable options for that product completely. The product was three times the amount of the disposable option and my friend claimed that she'd rather purchase the disposable because it's cheaper.
When she said that, I instantly wondered how many people think switching to a zero waste lifestyle would break their bank.
I know there are so many products out there that are advertised as eco-friendly, zero waste, sustainable, and as these products are all very cool, they are just doing their job, they're advertising and marketing to get the customer (you) to buy.
But the thing is guys, you don't have to purchase half of those products to be zero waste and you also don't have to purchase zero waste products all at once, and in all honesty, anyone who buys zero waste items all at once are not being very "zero waste" at all.. essentially, you want to use up all of the products you have before purchasing more. That's the first step to becoming zero waste.
This post is going to break down the "myths" on the zero-waste lifestyle.
I'm going to give you some reasonable tips on how to use what you already have at home &
I hope it gives you the inspiration to start a zero waste lifestyle too.
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Here are the following zero waste lifestyle myths that I have debunked based on my opinions and personal research.
MYTH: "Zero Waste Lifestyle is Expensive"
So many individuals will become inspired to become zero-waste or even eco-friendly and they go out and buy all the really cute designed eco-friendly products and bring them home only to realize you bought reusable Ziploc bags but you have disposable ones in the drawer. What are you going to do with them? Now when you go to make your sandwich, are you going to use the disposable or are you going to use your reusable? Now you're torn. Don't do this to yourself. Instead of purchasing everything all at once, buy the reusable option when you run out of the disposables. For instance, when I discovered wool dryer balls, I had existing compostable dryer sheets. I knew I wanted to make the switch to wool dryer balls but I wasn't going to purchase them until I ran out of my dryer sheets that way I am not necessarily spending money I didn't need to. I needed dryer sheets so I purchased six wool dryer balls [a bit of an investment] but now I won't have to buy dryer sheets ever again. Pays itself off in the long run and I didn't waste anything in the process. Point being, don't purchase everything at once. Purchase reusable options as they're needed.
MYTH: "I Have to Have all of the Most Popular and Aesthetically Pleasing Zero-Waste Products"
Unpaper towels rolls are just one of the very awesome and they can be extremely cute zero waste products that are just not necessary. If you don't have the funds to purchase a $50.00 roll of unpaper towels, I get it. Old towels that you cut up into hand size rags work JUST fine. Receiving blankets, old towels, cotton shirts, you name it, they can all be cut up and you can make many unpaper towels for nothing. All things you had on hand.
Guys, eco-friendly and zero-waste isn't always CUTE. It's not always aesthetically pleasing. We reuse things that people think are trash for goodness sakes. Get creative. That's the fun in this lifestyle.
MYTH: "A Zero Waste Lifestyle is too Difficult"
I've heard this excuse many, many times. "That's so much effort!" they'd say. And don't get me wrong, I'll be the first to admit that I'm no saint when it comes to living a zero-waste lifestyle. But I am trying and that's what counts. When I find myself falling off track, not only is my brain literally guilt tripping me about the trash I just created, but I make note to try better next time. I'll let you know now that a zero-waste lifestyle has a lot to do with preparedness. Meal prep in glass to-go containers instead of grabbing lunch on the go. Grab your reusable bags before heading to the grocery store. Grab your to-go cup for any drinks you plan to have throughout the day. Prepare yourself to not produce waste because it's so easy to choose the disposable option due to convenience.
MYTH: "I'm not going to make a difference going zero-waste, I'm just one person"
Another statement that just always has me baffled when I hear it. You guys, this lifestyle is SO rewarding. When you read the statistics on the amount of waste in our landfills just based on one item. Diapers, plastic cups, straws. The ideal goal here is to reduce the usage, reducing the usage reduces the amount in landfills. Eliminating the usage all together is the solution here. You can't tell me that's not a good feeling. Every time I pull out my stainless steel drinking straws I pat myself on my back. One less straw in a landfill. & I'm not the only one around the world guys. We add up, WE make a difference. I promise.
Striving to live a zero-waste lifestyle is a passion of mine, anytime I can discuss zero-waste living and tips, I'm here for it.
I hope you're inspired to start your zero-waste living journey.
If you're already in the process, what's your must have zero-waste product?
I'd love to know!
Until next time,