Why I am embarking on a ‘zero-waste’ journey

In 2019 my New Years resolution is to work towards a zero waste lifestyle.

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean.


Establishing a ‘why’ is key when it comes to sticking to and achieving goals.

Over the past year the issue of plastic waste in the ocean and landfill sites has been highlighted and widely shared. TV programmes, such as Blue Planet II, have opened a lot of eyes and created a storm on social media. The outcome from this has generally been positive, with movement away from the use of plastic straws (protecting the turtles) and plastic bags (unless you’re willing to spend an extra 5 or 10p). 

I feel as though I have always known about the damaging effects of plastic on the environment, yet, I have done little to reduce my personal impact on the issue. When saying this I don’t mean to say that I do not try to reduce my plastic usage and waste. I carry around a refillable water bottle and I do own a reusable coffee mug which I ~sometimes~ remember to take out. Every time I have refilled my water bottle instead of purchasing a plastic one I’ve made a positive impact on the environment.

I feel that I am ready for the challenge of taking this to the next level. I know that living a life without producing any rubbish may sound impossible, and honestly, in the current world we are living in it is. Regardless, I am planning on working towards it to the best of my ability. Starting with plastic!

Now I am not expecting this to be easy but as the saying goes, nothing worth having comes easily. I know that I will need to spend a lot of time researching and I am sure I will make mistakes, but the least I can do is try.

If you would like to follow me on this journey, please click the follow button!

Until next time, Susan.

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