In my journey of decluttering – that is no way near to be finished – I found myself thinking more and more about waste. More specifically how our waste is a real burden for our environment. Discovering that no one of the plastic packaging in my fridge were recyclable, transformed the thought in real anxiety.
Donate and recycle
I am decluttering so of course I am getting rid of quite a few things, but I am doing it in the more waste-free way as I possibly can. I am selling or donating, never just throwing away. Even though I want to use less chemical-based beauty products, I am still using up everything I already have. After all, it’s in nobody’s interest to waste money and polluting even more throwing away big bottles of unused shampoo.
I knew plastic was never environment’s best friend, but I also thought that almost all food packaging were recyclable. It’s 2017, after all. Turns out, we are not that evolved! So, this plastic-gate really got into my head and (of course) I started obsessively navigate the internet to search exactly how horrible I have been because of my bad recycling. It looks like I have been really bad.
The waste-free lifestyle is not news anymore, but it’s still incredibly difficult to achieve. I have been looking at vlogs, blogs, articles and anything else the web could offer. The result is the acknowledgment that – if you really want to commit to this way of life – our society is not going to make it easy for you.
Still, I have decided to give it a try. We are slowly changing our household and personal habits, trying to be more conscious but also not adding another source of stress to our lives. The reality is that living completely waste-free is very time consuming, and adding all this new activities (like soap making and farmers markets hunting) to an already full life is difficult. Since I don’t want to give up after a couple of weeks, I prefer to take it slowly.
First step: It takes more than 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade, use a tote. Same for plastic bottles, go clean with a stainless steel one. Come on, we can do it!