For any family who is conscious about the environment, finding the time to do something about it can feel quite tough. If you are in this position, you might not be 100% sure what you can do to make the situation easier on the planet.
If you want to start making some genuine changes to your plan, though, we recommend that you start cutting down on the amount of garbage that you are using at home.
For example, Jinny Yun and her family managed to cut down their annual garbage output to a fraction of what it used to be. In fact, she managed to go from being a shopping addict to someone who is a total advocate for living a zero-waste life.
How, though, did she do it? And how can you do the same?
It all started in 2016 when Jinny and her husband gave birth to their second daughter. Immediately, reading about the environmental impact of our human consumption put her in a different frame of mind. Did she really want to leave the world so damaged for her kids to endure, not enjoy? No, she did not.
She started building a large collection of reusable shopping bags, coffee cups, and water bottles. After collecting them for years, she started to use them again and again. She moved away from disposable baby products to cloth products that can be washed, re-used and put to good use once again.
She started using other cleaning solutions, too, instead of buying single-use cleaning products – including baby wipes. She started to use old-school apothecary tricks, too, such as creating natural deodorants, body scrubs, and even toothpaste.
It was all about looking around for natural alternatives instead of buying all of the stuff she had for so long.
Kitchen towels were turned into lunch bags or sent to companies that use them for stuffing car seats. Everything was found to have some form of secondary use – all that was bought new these days was socks, and underwear.
They also moved to a more plant-based diet, cutting out a lot of excesses and making sure they grew their own vegetables such as peas, carrots, and lettuce. We all could do a bit more of this if we wished to become more green-minded.
They also started buying from grocery stores which are all about zero-waste, such as Nada Grocery. Expenditure on food went down massively, and the way that they cut down on their rubbish expenditure was pretty impressive as well.
Recycling and carrying for all of our lives and our systems can be majorly hard work. By following the example above, though, you can start to gradually reduce how much garbage you throw out, and how much wastage you build up.
It takes a bit of planning and no small amount of discipline to do it right. Once you get it right, though, you are almost 100% certain to enjoy a happier, cleaner and more comfortable quality f life!