Practise Makes Progress: Unexpected gains of Zero Waste lifestyle
By Joanna Dowd
Zero Waste lifestyle is a process, one that requires patience and being kind to ourselves. What brings us to this movement is knowledge of how bad the condition of our planet is. And that comes with a certain sense of urgency. But our society is not set up for sustainable living and we quickly discover that changing all our ‘bad’ habits yesterday is just not going to happen. Tackling one change at the time is a more sustainable approach, as I strongly believe that, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need billions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef. My family of four and I started our journey 3 years ago, and living a zero waste lifestyle has absolutely changed my life. Here are the main gains I have found from following this path:
Reducing our waste requires us to change our habits and make different choices. But this means we have the opportunity to live our values in little ways every day. And having a meaningful life, for me, is an endless source of happiness.