I don't have to be the one to tell you that the world is a scary place. Violence, hate, consumption, overall disregard for the place we call home and the people that inhabit it. Sometimes I think we're all walking around with our heads spinning out of control until they just explode. (Sorry for the graphic imagery.) It was time to take control and make educated choices in my every day life to make a difference where I can.
I came across the zero waste initiative as I was researching minimalism: they often go hand in hand-- people who are true minimalists produce less waste simply based on their values-- and I was absolutely hooked. Not only are the facts startling, but I thought that if more people knew about them, they'd surely be more conscious too. (Weird how big brands, fast fashion and even the government don't inform you, the consumer, on it, right? Eyeroll.) For example:
PLASTIC STRAWS LAST FOREVER. 500 MILLION PLASTICS STRAWS ARE CONSUMED EVERY DAY IN THE U.S. ALONE. AT THIS RATE, BY 2050, THERE WILL BE MORE PLASTIC STRAWS IN OUR OCEANS THAN FISH.
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN PRODUCES 4.4 LBS OF WASTE A DAY. HOW MANY DAYS WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO PRODUCE YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN TRASH? HOW ABOUT 5X YOUR BODY WEIGHT? (NOT THAT LONG, RIGHT?)
THERE ARE 25 BILLION LBS OF CLOTHING DUMPED INTO LANDFILLS EVERY YEAR THE U.S. ALONE. THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS THE SECOND MOST WASTEFUL INDUSTRY BEHIND OIL. (THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS DISCUSSED IN MY EDUCATION AT PARSONS...WE ACTUALLY CONTINUOUSLY STUDIED ZARA AS THE UNICORN OF RETAILERS.)
OVER ONE MILLION SEA BIRDS AND 100,000 SEA MAMMALS ARE KILLED BY POLLUTION EVERY YEAR.
And that's just the beginning. If you're like me and have said something like, "I'm not sure I want to bring children into the world at this rate," then maybe you, like me, are the perfect candidate to start somewhere, in a small way, to make a difference. I realize that it may not seem like much, but it does add up.
If you want to learn more, I suggest this awesome article from Trash is for Tossers to get you started. And stay tuned here, I'm sharing the small steps I've taken on a daily basis soon, as well as a bunch more lifestyle content to show that this way of life doesn't have to compromise anything else I do to be effective. I'm super excited to continue sharing this journey!