The zero waste concept, in a nutshell, is to reduce your waste to nothing, to zero.
Ideally, that you can call your city and tell them “Hey come and pick up my trash and recycling bin because I am never pulling it to the curb anymore since I generate zero waste in my household.” But this is an ideal case, reaching this point in a zero waste journey is like an athlete reaching perfection in the sport he/she practices. When has any athlete reached perfection in their careers where they no longer miss a shot or lose a game for that matter? The same way an athlete can’t reach that level of perfection, today we cant reach zero waste, literally speaking.
But we can make decisions that will get us closer to that number. Some people have mastered this craft and now generate a jar of trash a year, sometimes even just one jar over the length of several years, but that is not the definition of becoming zero waste. It is not to focus on the jar itself but on the journey. I personally admire them and I am learning from them, but I do not compare my journey to theirs.
The best part of the journey is the journey itself. To redefine why you consume each item, to realize whether or not that item still fulfills what it used to fulfill in the past. To try new foods, experiences, and new ways of doing what you already knew how to do.
Everyone lives a certain way and is at different stages of their zero waste journey, don’t get discouraged because you realized how hard is to get from where you are to where someone else is. I will leave you with this quote, which I have already posted earlier, and I will probably post it again since I am watching The Lorax every other day with my son.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. — Dr. Seuss
I don’t think zero waste is a lifestyle, is a commitment that you make to your future self and the generations to come. You make this commitment out of hope, that it will become better than what it is today because someone like you and someone like me, cares enough to make a difference regardless of how small it looks.
Today’s Feature Photographer: Jilbert Ebrahimi