Zero waste living: How to Adapt a Zero Waste Lifestyle Without Feeling Waste-Centric in 4 Steps
Are you scared that going zero waste might mean obsessing about waste all your life?
Are you also worried that it might be somewhat expensive, too overwhelming, time-consuming, and more hard work than you are willing to spare— and all for waste?
Granted, the current trends are not in favor of zero-wasters and it takes some extra amount of consciousness.
But, choosing zero waste living does not mean you automatically become an only waste person.
Once you get a handle on what zero waste living is really about, you’ll discover that it was always more than a ‘where do I put my trash decision’ and more about a ‘better way of living— sustainably and in sync with the environment.
Here’s how to adapt a waste free lifestyle without feeling waste centric.
How to Adapt a Zero Waste Lifestyle Without Feeling Waste-Centric
1. Understand What Zero Waste Living is Really About
You know what’s really waste-centric? It’s the convenience ‘single use, disposables, and acquisition’ culture we’ve been sold since manufacturing took off after WWII.
The entire concept of waste already tells you that you acquired more than you needed and that’s why you have to send the rest or ‘useless’ items to the landfill.
This is where zero waste living comes to the rescue— ensuring that you send nothing to the landfill through more informed and conscious choices. It is more about finding a lifestyle that fits, and at the same time is eco friendly and sustainable.
Zero waste living has never been about fussing over trash— you have been doing that all along. Instead adapting a zero waste lifestyle will get you so woke that you might not even need a trash can anymore.
2. Re-evaluate Your Lifestyle and Find Sustainable Alternatives
So, how does zero waste living work exactly? Well, it starts with a conscious effort to evaluate your lifestyle and see how much better you can do.
At first, a lot of people decide to evaluate how eco-friendly they’ve been living by the amount of waste they churn out on a weekly basis. They are usually shocked. It is an important step but you shouldn’t stop there.
You’ve only just discovered that you shopped for more than you really need and that means money and that could have been saved.
Next, you will need to take an inventory and ask yourself, “how can I cut down all of these?” you’d be surprised to find out that the alternatives are actually really simple and even saves you money and time.
3. Map Out a Strategy That Can Work for You
Chances are there’s a supportive zero-waste community close to you, and at TEYGA we are committed to helping you make the most of your waste living journey. However, you must realize that to be successful, you must personalize the principles of zero waste living.
You may not have the luxury of bulk stores or the time to DIY some of your swap choices, and that’s why you cannot superimpose someone else’s waste free lifestyle on yourself— it might be too overwhelming and expensive for you.
As long as you are driven by your desire to do good, you will definitely adapt well. You could decide to grow a garden, buy in bulk, freeze kitchen waste for compost, DIY beauty products, and so on.
Regardless of how creative you want to get; always refuse what you don’t need, reuse what you can, compost what’s organic and recycle as a last resort.
4. Find a Way of Incorporating Eco-friendly Living Into the Activities You Love
It is really important that you make Zero waste living your new normal. You’re not a hippie or an outcast for choosing a better and sustainable way to live.
Be proud of your choices and let it flow naturally into the work you do and all of your activities— don’t wait to get home to be a zero waster. If you do that, you’ll feel robbed.
We’d like to hear from you. Have you felt like you were starting to only obsess over waste? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below.