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Zero Waste Lifestyle frustration and how to deal with it

Ok, so Zero Waste Lifestyle is the shiny, new way of living, right?

The inspirational talks of well known Zero Wasters are still in your ears. The ease with which they maneuver around packaging, the designer kitchen with food from the bulk aisle in good looking jars, the supportive family, the neat compost pile in the garden, those stylish, reusable containers and a lot of arguments against plastic and packaging…

Who wouldn’t want to live a Zero Waste Life after hearing how easy and eco-friendly it is? After all, you care about our planet, you do want to be eco-friendly and healthy, you like clean oceans and beaches! 

Very excited about your upcoming new life you want to get started. Finally you’ve found a way to be the environmentally friendly person you always wanted to be.

But heck!

Where to get groceries in the future? There is not a single unpackaged item in the supermarket and no bulk shop anywhere close!

Zero Waste Lifestyle Frustration in the supermarket. Nothing in bulk?!

And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, the butcher doesn’t want your container, the coffee barista refused to pour coffee in your new, reusable mug and the baker smirks while ignoring the cute cotton bag that you’re trying to hand him and then he slides the ordered loaf in a seemingly extra large plastic bag.

Really frustrating!

But you’re not giving in so fast! You keep talking with friends and family about ways to reduce waste, come up with a lot of great ideas, but all you get are confused looks and a:

But we’ve always done it this way!?

Or they let you know that this piece of cling wrap that you’re just trying to avoid wouldn’t save the world from drowning in waste. You hear lot’s of people saying that the industry has to change, the laws, the big companies. A single person’s behavior wouldn’t make a small dent in the overall problem.

Zero Waste Lifestyle?! Is it still for you?

You may not be like Bea Johnson over night and you are in fact responsible for a whole large can full of trash right now every darn week.

That’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of a journey. Take all those frustrating moments of your Zero Waste Attempts so far and shove them in the bin together with all the trash!

And then start over again:

If you don’t have time to make everything from scratch, that’s ok. You can still make it a weekly challenge to make one dish from scratch. Once you’ve mastered that make two.

If you don’t have the money to buy a shiny steel container, maybe ask your family and friends for it as your next birthday gift. 

If you can’t compost, ask around, someone might be willing to take on your food scraps. Ask schools, farms, neighbors, friends.

If there is no unpackaged food in the supermarket, take a moment each week to research other ways to buy food in your area.

If you can’t get around online orders, find someone who can reuse the packaging material (some UPS stores take air pockets and other filling material). 

There is so much you can change, don’t get frustrated over things you can’t change. What ever you do, don’t compare yourself with Bea or Lauren.

Or would you give up jogging just because you’re not able to run a marathon?

I’m convinced that you can do a lot to prevent waste, no matter where  you live, no matter your life situation, the place you live in and the service your city offers. You won’t make it to Zero, but you can become a more sustainable person.

I’m so certain that there is room for improvement in every household, that I’m willing to give you my time for your specific waste reduction journey.

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Everyone who signs up for my Zero Waste Kickstart emails in the box below will enter to win a free  20 min Waste Reduction Session via skype with me where we will talk about your current trash situation and gather ideas for you to reduce your waste in an easy, convenient way.

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Everyone will get the Zero Waste Kickstart emails with simple ideas on how to reduce waste. 

If you have specific questions around certain items that are producing a lot of trash, please feel free to either comment or send me a message via the contact form. I’ll do my very best to get at least one idea over to you.


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  1. It’s a great idea to ask things linked to your zero waste life changes at your birthday: it is a perfect way to talk about this with your family and friends! This is what I did when I ask my grand-mother for bulk bags (and she did me some! đŸ™‚ )
    And I am happy to discover your blog! đŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Kolibri! How lovely that your grandma can make bags for you! Since I don’t have someone here who could make some for me, I was considering making some myself. I’ve got an old pj with a lovely pattern that would work great for bags but I’m just a bit scared to mess it up since I’m not whiz at sewing đŸ™‚

    • Hey! Thanks a lot for reading my post! I think this was a misunderstanding though. With this sentence:
      If there is no unpackaged food in the supermarket, take a moment each week to research other ways to buy food in your area.
      I wanted to say look for OTHER places to get your groceries.

  2. What a reassuring post Inge đŸ™‚ I know whenever I have a zero waste fail I can always count on the ZW community to be supportive and rant and rave with me!

  3. The thrift store is a great place to look for zero waste tools and is way more economical and ecological than buying new. I’ve found stainless steel and glass containers, Mason jars, cloth bags and more. It can be intimidating to start but you’ve presented some great ideas to ease into the lifestyle!

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