Hi I’m Kate, and I’ve been living a zero waste lifestyle here in the UK (London to be precise… not a treehouse, although that would be the dream!) for the past 4 years.
What exactly does it mean to live a zero waste lifestyle? I think the word “zero” can confuse a lot of people. In our current system, it is impossible to create zero waste. But it is certainly something to aim for. Instead of “less waste” or “low waste”, “zero waste” makes people really up their game and strive to not accept our current disposable culture and over-packaged products. By constantly thinking “is there a less wasteful alternative”, I’ve managed to reduce my waste to some food scraps that cannot be composted (although I keep bothering my local council to bring in a compost collection!).
It’s not about being perfect, it’s about making changes, no matter how small they are. Do what works for you and you’ll find you’re constantly growing and improving. Zero waste doesn’t happen over night, but the willingness to start, does!
I get little bit giddy learning how to make things from scratch, such as pasta and kombucha or discovering products or places that help me live a zero waste lifestyle more easily.
So, I wanted somewhere to share all the little discoveries I stumble upon and thought ECO BOOST was a good place to start; a hub for all things that I love that tick the following criteria:
Zero Waste – after discovering the Zero Waste Home book by Bea Johnson *, I thought I’d try my darndest to apply the zero waste method to my every day life. Turns out it’s kinda easy… just takes a little planning and not being too hard on yourself. Whether it’s grocery shopping and avoiding plastic packaging or carrying my own reusable bags, containers and refillable mug with me, I just have to second guess myself. I have recently got a worm bin which you can read about right here.
Organic – I think we should look after our soil and support the people, farmers, growers and brands that produce and deliver organic in the best possible way, as well as help to reduce the amout of unnessesary crap/synthetic pesticides that go on our food, soil and skin. Organic can mean different things to different people. I’m talking a biodiverse system that works with nature. Not a monoculture – organic or otherwise. Diversity is the key!
Sustainable – If it’s too tricky to maintain, too resource guzzling or generally too wasteful, it isn’t gonna stick around for long. Think cradle to cradle, instead of cradle to grave.
Genuinely Awesome – I’m only going to feature things that I genuinely think are awesome on this blog (feel free to sing Everything Is Awesome from the Lego Movie right now… it would be more than appropriate). ECO BOOST is a collection of discoveries and moments in my life that I love so much I want you to discover them too. I will let you know when I have been sent a freebie or using affiliate links, usually declared in the blog post and marked with *.
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