March has come and gone and I think it was my least wasteful month yet! I am genuinely impressed with my efforts. I am beginning to feel much more confident in my choice of lifestyle and I feel less strained in making educated decisions. Before, I used to feel almost deprived. As though I was refusing myself, stuff that I enjoyed, in the name of reducing my waste. I decided to not dwell on this and change my views. I now look to my cravings for inspiration. For example, a big thing I miss are chips. It is crazy how often I crave those crunchy-salty delightful crisps. Now whenever I get these cravings, I seek out an alternative. I make popcorn and put on some popcorn toppers that you can find at bulk barn or can make yourself! I also have turned to crackers or other chip like snacks that I can find in bulk. Pretzels are also wonderful craving cravers in moderation. All found in bulk! YES!
One thing I struggled with, yet again is cheese. I’m trying you guys. I really am! For my dad’s birthday, we had him over for supper and I know how much he likes brie and how rarely he eats it. So I served some up with crackers as an appetizer to help make his day more special to him. At the time, I could not find it in bulk, so I bought two wheels for the occasion (we had multiple people come over that day). Other occasions, I chose to make vegan nacho cheese, which is incredibly simple, delicious and I found all the ingredients in bulk! I just need to focus on the change that I want to make and stop making excuses. I will get there sooner rather than later. I just know it!
For now, let’s take a look at what’s in my jar this month. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to weigh it, but it was significantly less in terms of volume! I am so encouraged to continue applying everything that I learned and implement it into my day-to-day life.
1- Two Brie wrappers (dad’s birthday mentioned above).
2- Plastic that went around some organic bananas. I feel this is crazy that organic items need to be marked with plastic wrapping. It’s quite unfair.
3- Vegetable stickers. I feel as though these always sneak into my home. I try to choose veggies without them. Time to start shopping more often at the farmers market!
4- Dryer sheets. Last month I upgraded to compostable dryer balls. These were the last two I had. Now that they are all used, I will not be turning back!
5- Sticker from a shampoo bar. I shopped quickly this day and just grabbed the bar. When I got home, I saw a sticker. Woops!
6- A ring from my milk. This particular day, there was no bulk milk in stock, so I bought milk in a glass jar on consignment. This milk brand had a small plastic ring around the cap. Overall, I’m happy with how little milk I actually bought this month. I am getting better every day!
7- Dryer lint. As summer approaches, I’ll be using my dryer less and less. Aside from line drying or burning this (which I do not fully feel comfortable with because of the micro fibers in my clothing), I have no solution for this item.
Much less than the previous 2 months and I am so happy with this!
I also want to take this opportunity and say that I decided on not doing a jar for the months of April, May and possibly June. We are moving and I have started packing everything up. Although, I still do everything that I can with food and being responsible to dispose
of anything old and unwanted, there is bound to be more trash in this process than can fit in a jar. I just know it.
(Just below, you can see all the trash I’ve produced in my three months)
I like to think that minimalism and Zero Waste go hand in hand. Minimalism being the state of mind and being content with what you own and Zero Waste being the actions we take in living this way. There is however, a first stage before the two that I am working on; decluttering. I have begun selling old furniture that I do not intend to use in the next apartment. I am also taking this chance to purge whatever I do not use/want in order to create a more open flow of space in my home. Once we are settled in our new place, I will take it back up again. I pinky promis!
Of course I know that some people prefer to have things around them to feel comfortable, and that is fine for their lives and it is fully their choice. I had also lived that way for the majority of my life. Moving forward, I am choosing to go the opposite route that I have for so long. My idea is that through decluttering, I will learn to appreciate more what I do have. I do not need many belongings to feel happy. Already through this process, I feel much calmer. I feel less stressed and spend much less time cleaning. Once I am settled, I will practice more minimalist and Zero Waste, just as I had before and continue to be accountable for my waste. I will also be making more eco-friendly choices in terms of furniture and household items.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my March and my plans for the immediate future. For more tips and tricks, head over and like my page on Facebook Live Waste Free. Where you will get daily ideas to keep you going on the Zero-Waste path. Or follow me on Instagram @livewastefree for random pics and funnies!