If you already recycle, bring your reusable bags into the store, compost and you are looking to do more for the planet, then you may want to check out the zero-waste movement. The concept behind zero-waste is to live a lifestyle where you don’t us a trashcan or recycling bin. From this perspective the best way to reduce waste is to never make it in the first place! This focus can greatly reduce your carbon footprint and do your part to reduce the more than 262 million tons of trash generated in the U.S. in the year 2015 alone, according to this study by the EPA. Striving for zero-waste is not an easy goal, and it can be confusing to know where to start. Fortunately, there are some great models of people online living a zero-waste lifestyle who offer lots of great perspectives, tips and inspiration. They info they share includes places to shop, how to deal with food waste, essential items to support the lifestyle, and more. Can’t figure out how to have body-care and makeup items without all the plastic packaging? These folks have been doing it for years and can act as guides. So without further ado, here are the top ten zero-waste blogs as ranked by feedspot.
Going Zero Waste
After a health scare made her examine the chemicals in her environment and radically change her lifestyle, Kathryn Kellogg is now inspiration for more than 126,000 followers on instagram. She blogs documents her journey to reduce waste, eat whole foods, find plastic alternatives and collect adventures instead of things. She explains the zero-waste lifestyle as a step-by-step process that is easy to follow. “Small actions done by hundreds of thousands of people will change the world. You don’t have to be perfect to make a difference, you just have to try.”
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Treading My Own Path
The Rogue Ginger
The idea for Wild Minimalist began when Max and Lily left their jobs to travel for three months. Newly engaged, they lived a minimalist lifestyle out of their backpacks as they travelled through the Pacific Northwest and French countryside and were inspired to eliminate unnecessary waste from their lives.
Upon their return to California, they began to investigate the idea of going zero-waste—essentially, reducing dependence on disposable consumer goods by investing in sustainable, reusable alternatives. Their steep learning curve was the catalyst for them to start Wild Minimalist, with the goal of making it easier for people to begin their journey towards a zero waste lifestyle. Their goal is to provide high quality products and ship them with sustainable packaging materials. “Ideally, as you embark on your journey, you will find many of your zero waste essentials at your local Goodwill or vintage store. When you can’t find what you’re looking for second-hand, we’d be proud to serve you.”
Trash is for Tossers
Shia is the creator of Wasteland Rebel, a zero-waste blog documenting the journey her and her partner of going zero waste, becoming vegan and a minimalist. Her blog features practical and simple recipes for home remedies, as well as tips and facts on general sustainability issues. She also wrote a book called Zero Waste. In her previous life, Shia worked at an advertising agency, which brought her face to face with consumerist propaganda. “After work, I was too exhausted and drained to do anything much. That definitely wasn’t what I thought my adult life would look like. Instead of finally being all grown up and independent, I felt small, insignificant, and trapped. Powerless against what we felt was wrong in this world. Living a sustainable life, a life on our own terms that aligned with our values, seemed so out of reach at that point, like a utopia.”
As Shia says–
“I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. We all come in different shapes and sizes, have access to a different infrastructure, have different needs, obligations, or situations to take care of. There is no one “right” way to do things. So I want to encourage you to start where ever you feel comfortable and only go as far as you feel comfortable at any given time. Keep things doable and don’t overwhelm yourself. There is no rush and it is not a competition. We are lucky to have access to an infrastructure that enables us cut down our trash to only one jar, to have met so many amazing people who also wanted to challenge the system, to push the boundaries. But you might find yourself facing more challenges, many of which might be beyond your control. So your trash does not fit into one jar, so what? I am sure you are still rocking it!”
That’s it for our ten person tour of inspiring zero-waste blogs and influencers, but there’s lots more out there! What do you see as the hurdles to going zero-waste, or low-waste in your own life? Lack of bulk stores, difficulty shopping, or other considerations entirely? Let us know by leaving a comment below.