I know it’s almost halfway through September, but I finally have for you my eco-friendly challenge for this month. I’m a bit delayed in sharing because I used August to finish the Summer Competition Showcase so was backlogged a little with posts I wanted to share. But also, because my eco-friendly challenge this month is part of a collab I’m doing with Moksha over at Happy Panda.
Moksha is one of my close friends in the blogging world and has been from fairly early on. She’s also really passionate about sustainability and other eco-friendly practices, so because our last collab worked out so well (we challenged each other to make an eating lifestyle change where I tried vegetarianism and she tried veganism for a week and we shared our experiences – you can read about our collab here and here if you’d like) we thought we’d try another one. This month, we’re going to try zero-waste living.
Essentially what zero-waste living is… is exactly like it sounds like. Living ‘zero waste’ is focused on waste prevention, and encouraging people to rethink and reuse rather than simply throwing things away. To live zero waste means looking at your food consumption so you don’t waste food, packaging waste in the things you buy and order, electricity, water, fuel and other sources of energy where you can. Instead of throwing things away, try to reuse them in any way you can, recycle them if you can’t reuse them and then throw them away as your very last resort.
Let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than it sounds. It sounds easy at first, but when you really think about everything you throw away, or even waste such as water/fuel, and how that could possibly be reused then it gets a bit harder.
So, for the next week, and hopefully for the rest of the month depending on how the week goes, the two of us are going to keep waste logs and try to go as close to zero waste as we can manage. We’ll then share how the experience went at the end of the month.
Has anyone else gone zero waste, or tried to? How was the experience? Do you have any tips before I start? And also are there any ideas for my last three eco-friendly challenges this year? I’m always looking for inspiration!
I will say this one last thing before I sign off for today’s post… I’m so glad I’m doing this challenge living by myself in my flat. If I were doing this at home with my family around (no offense to my family) I would probably give up after a day or two so let’s see how this goes!!
Lots of Love
Blondey on a Mission xxx