A year ago I first saw Lauren Singer’s Trash is for Tossers trash jar, holding four years of trash in a little jar. Until then I somehow had not thought about where all my trash went, and that when I threw it out into a bin it was simply being filled on a landfill. There is no away. Especially not with plastic. Every single piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still on this earth, as the shortest decomposition rate is somewhere at 250 years. If you want to read more about plastic waste management, just click here.
The amount of waste create daily is astounding, an average of 2kg per person. Rob Greenfield did an extremely interesting experiment where he accepted every piece of ‘trash’ he was offered and wore it for a full month. Look at all that trash!! That is insane!!!
MY ZERO WASTE JOURNEY
Since then I have been trying my best at minimising the amount of rubbish I create.
I have gone No Poo, to eliminate using the plastic and chemicals of shampoo.
I’ve adopted low waste travel methods.
I’ve transitioned to zero waste beauty products, including toothpastes and scrubs from Zero Waste Beauty Australia.
I’ve upcycled old t-shirts into bags.
I’ve even changed my bathroom habits including toilet paper, menstrual products and toothbrushes.
I have even made my own cleaning products!
I have even transitioned to gifting zero waste presents, focusing on experiences rather than material possesions.
However, no matter how much I’ve adjusted individual aspects of my life, I still feel like I have been opening the landfill trash can far too often. Thats why this month, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could keep a trash jar. I know that many people including have kept their trash jars for years, I thought a smaller goal could be much more achievable.