And then there’s the BIG question, WHY? Why even bother? What difference can I make? Why should I change when others don’t? Shouldn’t it be up to the manufacturers and the governments to deal with this? We didn’t build this system, they did.
Here are my top four reasons WHY I am practicing waste reduction and why I built this company to help families in my community to do the same.
1. My kids. All of our kids and the future generations. Sure, we’ve inherited a mess, but it is not fair for us to continue to make it worse. I fully believe we have the ability to change the course of mass environmental destruction, we should be doing everything we can
2. Love of nature. I don’t get out to the woods or waterways as often as I would like, but even on my daily commutes, seeing creeks lined with trash really hurts my heart. Telling people not to litter, and having avenues to dispose of or recycle our single use items is not going to stop litter and it actually encourages over consumption and destruction of resources. The solution needs to be far less packaging, smarter more biodegradable packaging and packaging able to be reused many many times before needing to be disposed of or recycled.
3. Accessibility. We need early adopters to explore, create and test new solutions, then work to make them cost effective and convenient enough so mass adoption can happen. I bought a 50-mile range EV in early 2015 in part because I personally wanted to not buy gas, but also so I could help the electric car market develop and flourish.
4. It just feel better. I take so much pride in only putting out my trash cans once every other month, in watching my garden grow and my kids eating peas right from the pods, in using local made, natural products.
There are dozens of other reasons and benefits to living low-waste. Like with many things, the getting started is the hardest part. Let’s take this journey together.