I’ve got my UnPacked brand on my mind constantly and the zerowaste and minimalist lifestyle I’m trying to succeed at BUT I am still a wife, a mom and my child’s facilitator of learning and I still need to focus on those and try and succeed at those daily too. So, I can just imagine how other people must feel about their state of being when they first hear about this lifestyle.
I truly want to be high-end zerowaste BUT I’m just not there yet. And I’m sure that’s okay – well I beat myself up about it but I’m trying to convince myself that it’s okay. My mentors and zerowaste inspirers from Instagram and Twitter are all high-end in my opinion – they are all way, way up there with the products they make and use and the way they shop.
I’ve a long road still ahead of me – but, and I think this is where I need to encourage myself and those of you reading this – just becoming conscious of how we shop, what we are throwing away (water included) and the products we are using that will end up in our bodies and water, is a great way to start. I truly believe that shoppers out there are just not aware of the choice they have to refuse first and the means to achieving this.
I have a stainless straw – and I really mean to start targeting Joburg restaurants to stop plastic straws and sugar packets and paper napkins. I have cloth shopping bags and fresh produce bags – and I really intend on getting the grocery stores I shop at to rethink the plastic bags at the produce sections. I take my own smoothie cup and coffee travel mug out with me when I leave the house as well as my little glass juice bottle with a cork filled with sugar.
It means a little bit of being proactive and getting into a habit of having these with me or in the car – but I am so proud of the outcomes when I am faced with consumerist choices regarding plastic and packaging that I can happily decline.
Until next time…
waste less • refuse more