Baby Steps – My Zero Waste Lifestyle Journey

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Zero Waste Lifestyle | Wow, OK. So I did my research. I thought long and hard, and decided that I did, in fact, want to become zero waste, or at least try.” Only thing is, I didn’t know where to start. At first, I started getting rather frustrated when immediately comparing my day-to-day with those who have already mastered the art of completely eliminating trash from their lives. I would start each day the same, determined that this was the day that I would produce zero trash. Then it happened. I finally used all of the breakfast sausages I had bought a week before – trash, I had to scoop the litter box because it was starting to make the house stink – trash, I finished a bottle of face wash – trash. You get the pattern, right? I finally had to tell myself, “Megean, this is going to be a process!” But of course, I’m one of those people who like instant gratification. Thing is, this isn’t something that should be instant. Kind of like weight loss – it would be incredibly unhealthy if it was.

After coming to the realization that I need to take baby steps, I came up with a plan on how to start. The very first thing I did, was evaluate what I threw away, because how could I eliminate trash from my life without knowing what my trash was to begin with?

Well, here it is, in all its disgusting glory, my trash.


  1.  Plastic Bags
  2. Ear Swabs
  3. Candy Wrappers
  4. Plastic Bottles 
  5. Beer Bottles
  6. Plastic Packaging
  7. Fast Food Packaging
  8. Toilet Tissue
  9. Cans
  10. Meat Packaging
  11. Not Pictured – Animal Waste (Who wants to look at that?)

 So, seeing what I throw away makes it very clear what I need to start replacing with zero waste alternatives. I can already see there are a lot of things that I can either recycle or just stop eating since they are unhealthy for me. This whole process might be easier than I thought!

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