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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

My Zero Waste Challenge

Hannah Barnes

At this point it's pretty hard to ignore it - the world is going to shit. 


      Our oceans are drowning in plastic, pollution is reaching record highs, we're relinquishing any and all green spaces to property development and the polar ice cap is - STILL - melting.


Rhubarb for sale farm sign.
So, what are you going to do about it? What can you do about it? You're just one person, after all: an insignificant human bean floating through space time on a massive ball of compacted space dust.

Despite our inspirational mugs and notepads telling us otherwise, deep down many of us believe that we can't really change anything. By that logic, we're all doomed. You can revel in your single use coffee cups, thinking fuck it, as you wantonly order everything from socks to cereal via a handy next day delivery service. Do a bit of recycling, and pat yourself on the back for saving the world.

Orrrr, you could spot the flaw in your logic. Change may take more than one person, but it begins with the individual. Like a ripple in our plastic clogged oceans, your actions can start a huge wave.

Which is why I've decided to set myself a Zero Waste challenge.

I've seen too many birds with bellies stuffed full of plastic, or animals with bodies deformed by our insistence on convenience. Mother nature has met her match - and it's branded. I couldn't sit there and do nothing anymore.

Unlike other people I've seen take on this challenge though, I'm going to be doing things a little differently. Rather than diving in for a whole month of zero waste living right off the bat and then deciding what to stick with, I'm going to slowly remove as much unnecessary waste from my life. That way, once I'm done I should be comfortable enough with my new zero waste life to avoid any backsliding.

To start with, I'm going to be pairing back the plastic I use in my kitchen and pantry. So, that's out with almost everything I know and in with a completely new approach to food shopping. I'm in a much better position than those who came before though, as the tide is already turning on zero waste living. There are now specialist zero waste shops - I have two within a 15 minutes drive from my house - and tons of resources to help make zero waste living fun and far easier than you might think.

I'll be keeping you all updated on my journey and hopefully sharing any hacks I come across along the way! So stay tuned to see how I fare! Let me know if you have any advice below! 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.

4 comments:

  1. I was so surprised and happy to see your post! I have been writing about zero waste in my blog recently and love reading about it. I actually didn't know about this set challenge so will be doing a deep dive into that!

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    1. Will definitely be seeking guidance from as many blogs as I can 🙌🏼 How are you getting on?

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  2. Hats off to you if you can actually do this! 👌🎩🤓

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    1. I'm hoping holding myself accountable here will really help!! Plus the zero waste shop was so much fun 🙌🏼 can't wait to share 👯‍♀️

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