Welcome to the first day of the Zero Waste Challenge. I am glad you could make it. I have created this challenge for you to take one step at a time.
Going zero waste is a process that takes a while.
You can take it day by day designed for you to be successful on your journey to become zero waste.
I get it; why can’t we start tackling everything at once? Often that leads to defeat. So let’s avoid that, shall we?
Trust me on this one, do a little bit every day and develop some new habits, and that’s it. Enough is going on as it is. So without further ado, I give you the 31 days to zero waste challenge.
The energy used to make 12 plastic bags can run a car for 1 mile.
100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement, and these are the ones found.
Approximately 1 million seabirds die from plastic each year.
Sea Turtles confuse them with their favorite food, the jellyfish
Now, most of you probably have reusable shopping bags somewhere in a drawer at home or in the basement. Pull them out, perhaps dust them off or even give it a quick wash and make it a habit to keep at least two in your car at all times.
This is what we call a BYO bag here at the zerowasteman!
If you don’t own a reusable shopping bag, there are some really clever ones out there. I have one that is made from parachute material. It folds to the size of a little ball and is just attached to my keychain. This way, you always have it with you.
Turn it into a habit
How often did we put out a tote bag in the car only to race into the supermarket and then realize that we left the bag in the car?
Now, if you don’t want to go back to your car and perhaps if you are only buying one or two items, see if you can carry them and avoid the plastic bag at the cash register by kindly saying no thanks.
Another option I sometimes do is if I see a cardboard box on the supermarket’s display shelf, grab the box and fill it up with my produce. Reused that box, baby!
You will most likely start to remember your tote bag, and if you decide to get a nice one with a cool logo that says something like I like turtles, you will want to show it off.
Buy a bag
Here are some options if you want or need to buy a reusable bag.
Life without plastic reusable organic cotton bags:
The Plastic Pollution Coalition Tote Bag goes for $26.
This one is not a cheapy, it goes for $52.
Suppose you don’t own a bag. I recommend you go and buy a reusable bag, preferably made from organic cotton.
The plastic “reusable” bags still cost many resources to create, and once they break, you can’t fix them. I just had this happen to me.
Try to get a cotton bag, that you can stitch together once it breaks.
Otherwise, get creative, and perhaps one of your old jeans has come to the end of its lifecycle. Turn it into a bag!
I would love to see your creative ideas on Instagram with #zerowasteman.