Zero Wasted: Beginning my zero waste journey

Since Liam & Hannah from The Rubbish Trip came to town with their presentation on zero waste I’ve been looking into more and more ways of reducing my waste. I thought recycling was a good thing but from this presentation, I really learned it’s only making the most of a bad situation (plastics especially can only be recycled a number of times). Our consumerist single-use plastic culture is damaging our planet. Plastic is a non-renewable resource. We need to go back to the time before single-use plastic made such a dent in our lives.

Like any do-gooder I understand this zero waste stuff can come across as preachy. I can only speak from my own experience. You do what’s best for your situation. As zero waste isn’t the norm, it’s certainly not the easiest or the cheapest to get started. All we can do is the best we can. The more eco-friendly items we demand from the makers of the things we buy, the easier it will get.

I’m going to try and keep this blog updated with my journey and the discoveries I make along the way. As I’m going to be a parent soon I’m also feeling the moral quandary that is bringing a child into a dying world. Thanks, First Reformed!

Although I’m only one person I personally want to reduce the impact I make on the planet, and hopefully, as more and more people start to do so, we might get to see some real change. The banning of single-use plastic bags in New Zealand is a great first step but we have to do more than just bring our reusable shopping bags to the supermarket.

Upcoming posts:

  • Zero waste hygiene (toothbrush, soap etc.)
  • Buying bulk (eg. The Nude Grocer)
  • Zero Waste Kit (coffee cup, drink bottle etc.)
  • Food waste & composting
  • Bring your own containers (deli meats)
  • Book recommendations