Our Head of Design, Fiona, tried to reduce her plastic consumption for a week. Here is what she has to say about this plastic free week:
I tried Zero Waste, and found it incredibly difficult!! But here’s a comforting thought: everybody who is zero waste had to start somewhere. I stumbled at each and every obstacle and this is what I learnt:
Becoming zero waste, or more zero waste, needs serious commitment and motivation - for which there is plenty! Do you want to help the planet? Reduce your wasteful footprint? Reduce your contact with toxic plastics? Motivate others? Save money?
Watch yourself closely for at least a week, what are your habits? How many times a day do you come into contact with plastics and non-recyclables? Getting too many take-away boxes or coffee cups? Being upfront and accountable is a great way to know what to change.
Have absolutely no clue? Visit www.terracycle.com/ who have discovered how to recycle just about anything! Educating yourself leads to mindful choices. I found this particularly helpful when grocery shopping, choosing my products according to their packaging and opting for weekly farmer’s markets than prepackaged food.
When I’m set a challenge, I like to go all in. But what a zero waste lifestyle has taught me is that it is a continual process full of lessons. It’s also about breaking habits and forming new ones, which becomes much much easier over time.
Want to learn more about sustainability here at OSIER? Check out our post on how we care for the planet.