It’s about the little things

Ever since I stumbled across the low-waste community on Instagram, it’s a concept that’s been slowly eating away at my brain. So many of the things that I took for granted before (takeaway coffee cups, plastic produce bags, on-trend clothing) are now little guilt-points on my purchase pathway.

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And sometimes it’s hard! There are days I wish I could just throw my food scraps into the bin without that little voice reminding me that if I just emptied my little apartment compost, I could compose them instead. And why is it so impossible to find ethical clothing in a style I actually want to wear!?

With the weather getting all gray and gloomy here, I’ve been slipping back into the habit of doing what’s easy, as opposed to what’s right (sad face). So brace yourself for a completely self-indulgent post to get myself back into the swing of things -hopefully some of you will get something from it too.

Without further ado- a list of zero waste moments that bring me joy

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  • French press coffee on the couch in my little apartment, where I can’t see the carpark below me but I can enjoy the wind in the trees above it. My cat likes to sit within stroking-range on the back of the couch, and it feels like the world stops for a moment
  • Eating a flaky croissant from a soft cotton bag and pretending I’m actually bustling through the streets of Paris or somewhere equally as exotic
  • Ignoring the shower walls that need scrubbing and instead focusing on the one bar of (amazing) soap, my solid shampoo, a bad-ass safety razor, and that one potplant that for some reason is happiest perched in the corner there. Yes, the walls need a wipe, but at least I don’t have to fight through a half-dozen plastic bottles to do it.
  • Coming home from the supermarket and being able to unpack everything without having to bundle a bunch of plastic together to take down to the bins.
  • Opening my pantry and seeing a sleek lineup of tidy jars, all neatly labeled and awaiting my next baking adventure

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…yes. It is impossible. That last point is a big ol’ lie. Despite everything the interwebs promised me, my low-waste pantry is definitely not a minimalist paradise. It’s an overflowing mess of tea, spices and at least three different jars of the same brown rice. Still, at least a girl can dream.

So what about you? Are you trying to cut down waste in your life? Or is there another habit you’ve been letting slide? I would love to hear the tactics you’re using to get back on track.


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It’s about the little things

18 thoughts on “It’s about the little things

  1. don’t be so hard on yourself. being a minimalist doesn’t mean you need to have the least small amount of stuff possible. but to have only what gives you purpose. 3 jars of rice gives you purpose because it will nurture you. and it’s best when you buy in bulk because you are saving on plastic packages.

    if your mess is in food, you’re good. because you can always use that food. your ideal version of your life isn’t impossible, but it is a journey. and you already gave the first step. congratulations! you’re ahead of so many. (;

    my tactics? not to be hard on myself. to forgive myself every time i make a mistake, and to forgive also when i’m feeling guilty. to accept that it’s normal and i will get better, even though i’ll always do mistakes. to take one baby step at a time and not want to do everything at the same time. to listen to my body and my intuition, so i always know what my next step is.

    to cut my waste i’m doing my own vinegar, my own toothpaste, my own conditioner, my own essential oils. i want to compost and create my own little garden. i’m also making an effort to, instead of putting things to waste or to donate them, reuse / recycle / repurpose / etc my stuff. my focus lately have been on water!

    thank you for visiting my blog. i am now following you. (:

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to switch to making my own toothpaste – my distrust of it is ingrained too deeply I’m afraid! But I LOVE my solid shampoo and soap 🙂

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  2. samanthamarie says:

    I could not find this comment button to save my life! lol I recently started doing things for zero waste and I love the concept of it. I got a bottle, glass containers, straws, bags and have been collecting jars from EVERYTHING lol. About a week ago, I watched this documentary on Netflix called A Plastic Ocean and I wanted to clean the world overnight. I have always been a tree hugger and now that it’s becoming big, I’m ecstatic! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh no, I’ll have to find a better theme so you don’t have to go hunting! I get great satisfaction from reducing my waste as well- my next goal is to cut down my recyclables, because they’re my biggest outgoing at the moment. I’ll have to look that doco up, thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Silly little things can make a huge difference in how frustrating your life/pantry/kitchen/morning can be.

    Did you see my post about how a certain size glass canning jar made my lunch-packing routine a million times better every morning? Hint: it mates perfectly with my Thermos jars.
    bit.ly/2rRQKUL

    You’ve had your whole life living the usual way. Give yourself plenty of time to remake your kitchen habits. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the link, what a great post! I love it when something fits perfectly. How do you find traveling with glass? I would love to move to less tupperware, but with the amount of food I carry with me on a daily basis, I think the weight/fragility of a number of glass containers would be too much of a concern!

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      1. Yeah, I use glass more at home (or if I’m bringing a hard-sided cooler, in the car) and do more stainless out and about. I’m a mom. I have two boys. I’m aware of what can happen with glass! After a few years of practice, i know which sizes work best for what I pack in the lunches, and have about the perfect mixture of dishes. They eat more now, but I’ve added more jars instead of bigger servings, so the mix still works.

        But the Weck canning jars are sturdy enough that I have sent parts of lunch in them in a pinch. I PREFER to reheat food at home and pack it in a stainless Thermos jar. If I’m running very late, I’ll send food in glass to be reheated in the school microwave. I tell the kid: “Be careful! There’s glass in your lunchbox today.”

        Knock wood, so far, it’s all come home intact.

        This winter, I finally added little zipper snack bags to my reusable mix. I was still using a couple of disposable Ziploc bags per week before to fill odd corners or pack tiny things. My bags are by Bumkins, who made some of the cloth diapers I used when my kids were little! I can wash them with the dishes in my dishwasher too rack–one of those quality of life keys for me.

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      2. Reducing waste is always going to take extra effort with the way society is currently operating.

        This thread got me all activated, so I wrote a whole post for anyone looking for advice on getting started with a waste free lunch packing system!

        I’d be most pleased if you checked it out:
        http://bit.ly/2sifcMj

        There’s a link back to your post here at the end. 🙂

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  4. There is always room for improvement with cutting back on waste for sure. With food, I try to buy what we eat and use the food I have for a couple of meals. It’s not always easy to do.

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  5. Andrew O'Keeffe says:

    My wife and I have been working hard over the last few years to make our own little difference when it comes to the environment. Here are a few examples:
    -We try to buy local.
    -Recycle and compost
    -Only get meat that is local and free run and grass fed. Also limit the quantity eaten
    -We use reusable bags when shopping
    -We also use resuasable bags to put produce in rather than the plastic ones.

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