Welcome back friends! Today, I want to talk to you about something important.
Beginning a new project or forming new habits can be challenging. It can definitely be overwhelming when we don’t know how to start. It’s the same from getting in shape, to cutting out screen time, to… you guessed it, going Zero Waste. Since you’re presently reading this post, I’m assuming you have your reasons “why” to commit to this lifestyle, but what about the “how”. Yes, shopping with jars and making changes from single use to reusable is a great way to go (and has an immense impact), but you don’t want to show up at your favorite bulk place and not know what to get. Or end up with a whole bunch of food you’ve never tried and don’t know if you’ll like it, then be stuck with it, defeating the purpose of avoiding food waste!
This is where a garbage audit comes into play. When anybody is interested in the Zero Waste lifestyle, I always mention to them to start by a week of auditing their trash. This is incredibly simple and easy to do. The concept behind this is to know exactly what you are throwing away. Once you acknowledge that you are throwing away specific items, you are able to find the alternatives you need and you know you already like!
At the beginning, I found it to be a bit much to remember everything that I tossed. So, I decided to keep a notepad by the trash and recycling bins. Each time I went and threw away something, I wrote it down. Whether it was fresh fruit peels or tissues, it went on the list. I did this for about a week in order to give myself a wide range of what I was getting rid of.
Once you have your grand list, you’re able to break it down into categories. Some categories I had on mine were:
- Food scraps (peels or tiny bits of leftovers)
- Food that I forgot to eat and had died in my fridge
- Food packaging
- Product bottles (household cleaning and personal hygiene)
- Take away trays or Single Use products from eating out/ordering in
- Other (dryer lint and fabric softener sheets, vacuum dust, dead pens)
I decided on categories because the master list was too scary, whereas a smaller, more specified list (like the one above) simplified the process. Some things on the list were easy fixes and taken care of right away and others took a bit more time to find solutions. Here’s how I was able to break it all down:
|Food scraps from food that I let go bad (unintentionally)||
|Product bottles (household cleaning and personal hygiene)||
|Take away or Single Use from eating out||
This above was my jump off point to getting into the lifestyle. I find that knowing exactly where I struggled was the best way to think of solutions. Also, breaking things down into smaller, more manageable tasks is always easier for any new goal. Keep this up and try your best to find alternatives that you need. Always keeping in mind that perfection is not the goal and incredibly hard to obtain. Every bit that you can do, definitely helps! Try this out for a week and see how you do!
I hope you enjoyed my take on Garbage Auditing and that you give it a try! For more tips, tricks and even recipes to help live a Zero Waste lifestyle, head over and like my page on Facebook Live Waste Free. Where you’ll get daily ideas to keep you going on the Zero-Waste path.
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Until next time! 😉