an act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.Synonyms: misuse, misapplication, misemployment, abuse;
material that is not wanted; the unusable remains or byproducts of something.Synonyms: garbage, rubbish, trash, refuse, litter, debris, flotsam and jetsam, dross, junk, detritus, scrap;
Defining what in my life is waste based on the above definition requires in me an awareness of purpose – what do I myself derive purpose from? Monitoring every morsel of garbage that I produce can be demeaning. I feel like the black plague each time I toss something in the trash. Demoralizing our efforts is counterproductive to our individual revolutions. The first step towards solving any problem is recognizing that there is, indeed, a problem. Then comes the slow process of making changes.
I throw things away to the garbage abyss as if it were the air I breathe, a thoughtless act that accumulates into mountains on the outer edges of every city, town and village, unbeknownst to those who can avoid it. A culture of consumerism subsists on disposables. The life of our things does not end in the garbage.
Call to action.
Consciously consume products, make purchases that will sustain a life in which minimal trash is produced.
- Reusable Nalgene water bottle
- Kishu activated charcoal water filter
- Cotton muslin produce bags from Reuseit
- The Diva Cup because womanhood
- Tote bags I’ve collected over the years for groceries
- DIY deodorant (recipe courtesy of Trash is for Tossers blogger, Lauren Singer)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- 5-10 drops essential oil of choice (lemongrass and lavender are both nice)
The little victories
Last night I asked my waitress for no straw with my water, which prevented me from having to deal with throwing something away that I did not even want in the first place! As I picked up food from a nearby restaurant for some clients, I had them exclude the plasticware as we have silverware in the office. I shook my hands dry instead of using a paper towel. We aren’t perfect. Being mindful of our waste is a practice that we continually improve upon with diligence and effort.
Here I stand at the bottom of the learning curve, looking up