We’ve been brainstorming how to go about sharing all of the wonderful ethical shopping and conscious living resources we come across here at CSC for way too long now, and like it did when I first discovered all of the amazing shops in our directory, all this info has kind of just been sitting there waiting to be shared. Finally we decided on The Weekend Conscious, a guide posted every Friday relating to a different topic in conscious living. We’ll be on the hunt all week for practical tips and real stories that we can all dive into the weekend inspired by! And of course, what’s the point of reading all this if we don’t actually act on it? I’ll try my best to post updates whenever I put resources like these to good use.
First topic: Zero waste living. I didn’t intend to write about this first, but after coming across this quote while researching the broader topic of “how to save the planet” (more on that later), which is a totally logical search term, obviously, I decided to zero in a bit, so to speak. I’ve heard the term “zero waste” for quite some time now, but I always kind of avoided it because it seems SO huge. I mean ZERO waste? But it’s totally worth hearing from people who have adopted this lifestyle. Why? Because we can always learn. We can always benefit from hearing someone else’s experience. And if we’re calling ourselves environmentally conscious, we should learn how others are living with this value in mind. Plus, I don’t have to commit to zero waste to implement a majority of the strategies the people behind the articles below suggest. So it’s pretty motivating that I can start small and go from there.
If you’ve wondered about the concept of zero waste living or just want to learn a few eco-friendly tips, check out these 5 articles below:
• This post from Sweet Madeleine on a zero waste month is one to keep bookmarked if you decide to take on a challenge like this. She goes through what waste she did collect during that month, challenges, tips, and what could’ve gone differently. So inspiring!
• Lindsay of Treading My Own Path shared where to find zero waste + plastic free essentials and the great thing about this list is that there’s tons of resources for people all around the world. It’s super practical and I can see myself returning to it again and again.
• Katie of Sustainability in Style used this neat origami hack to create a zero-waste cup, which I thought was pretty genius. I also love that she talks about how being eco-friendly can make you look like a weirdo. (I did the sandwich thing she talks about with a bunch of thyme I got yesterday.)
• I’m so glad I stumbled upon this beginner’s guide to zero waste from tiny yellow bungalow. It starts you off with the super basics, and you gradually build to a more sustainable lifestyle. This is exactly what I was thinking when I started researching zero waste—that maybe we can all take certain something from this movement.
• For those that get more out of reading about personal experiences, there was a great post up recently on Eco Warrior Princess from 5 zero waste lifestyle advocates. I kind of expected them all to say a lot of things that would be unattainable, but it actually made me feel so much more comfortable with the whole idea. Plus, it’s nice to see that someone else is that girl—the one that annoyingly asks casual restaurants for reusable packaging when they’re so not prepared. Ha.
Have you ever done a zero waste challenge?