GOOD DAY TO ALL OF MY READERS!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I needed to take a break from my life for a while. I’ve been exploring mindfulness, meditation and self-care these past months and I realised that I don’t need to do anything that I don’t really want to do. So I decided to take a little break from blogging, since there really is no point in forcing yourself to do something that just adds pressure and stress.
But I’m back, beautiful people of the interwebs, and I’m back with a huge bang.
I have decided to go zero-waste.
Yes, I said that. Zero-Waste.
So since I live in the tiniest town imaginable, and also in a third-world country, going 100% zero-waste isn’t really an option, unless I give up muesli for breakfast and live without McNab’s energy drinks (which I am totally unprepared to do). I can, however, reduce my waste by a significant amount, and this really is the aim here.
I will thus be posting regular instalments of this journey, as well as DIY’s, tips and hacks, and sewing tutorials to help with this challenge. I recently rediscovered my sewing machine and I have some amazing crafts and patterns to share with all of you.
Some of you may be wondering why I’m doing this, or if you are South African, you probably have no clue what zero-waste is or why this is even a thing. So let me break it down for y’all:
· Every piece of plastic that has ever been created still exists somewhere. Should I say that louder (or TYPE THAT IN BOLD) for those in the back? Every piece, people.
· The first commercially-successful plastic was made in 1907. This means that we have 111 years of plastic lying around on our earth.
· According to a report by World Bank, South Africa alone produces 54 425 tonnes of trash every day.
· The average South African household produces 2kg of waste every day. EVERY DAY.
· 15% of all household expenditure goes to packaging and plastics like cling wrap, shopping bags, paper towels and zip-lock bags.
If these statistics aren’t scaring you, then there is something wrong with you. Since reading this I have been lying awake at night worrying about my carbon footprint, plastic straws and how to make reusable shopping bags.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS ZERO WASTE AND HOW DOES IT HELP?
A zero-waste lifestyle focuses on repurposing, reusing and recycling products to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. This not only means reusing products, but buying smarter and indirectly, thwarting consumerism. Okay so maybe not totally ‘thwarting’ consumerism, but creating a culture of conscious consumerism. This lifestyle is all about consuming less, mindful shopping, and supporting local. Knowing what you are buying and where it comes from requires a more active engagement in the shopping process, resulting in buying less, buying healthier, and buying cheaper.
Guys, this really is the better option. Living in a developing country, it is so crucial to support local farmers, local businesses and also to know where your food is coming from. The zero-waste movement is really one that focuses on better living for all, so boost your local economy, be healthier and stop contributing to the death of the planet.
I will be posting my first steps and tips soon, so keep an eye out! My next post is all about reusable shopping bags, including a tutorial on how to make your own.