Minimal Waste // 2020

Hey everyone!

It is so nice to be back into the swing of things! I think it always takes me a few weeks to jump back in to school and getting used to not having so many Christmas-y activities, wonderful afternoon reading sessions… etc. To be honest, I am one of those crazy people that actually like Mondays. I (Hadassah here, if you haven’t guessed!) think it must be a type one thing, but starting a fresh new week usually puts me in a good mood! xD

Now onto what I really came to talk about…

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I’ve recently been very interested in something called zero waste. If you’re not familiar with that, Wikipedia puts it simply:

Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Currently, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled.

I’m not sure what exactly got me into zero-waste, but I picked up a few books at the library on the subject, including:

  • 101 Ways to go Zero Waste, by Kathryn Kellogg
  • Sustainable Home: Practical Projects, Tips and Advice for Maintaining a More Eco-friendly Household, by Christine Liu
  • Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash, by Shia Su

And several others. They have definitely made me guilty, haha! But they were very inspirational and very well written! Soooo, lately, I’ve just been interested in seeing how much I can CHANGE in my throw-away habits- -and I’m totally 100% not judging anyone else in the process! It’s also just nice to know that I’m not adding more trash to a dump or more fumes to an incinerator.

I have several goals for 2020, some of them very small, some of them bigger (like work on mastering vibrato for violin), but one of my goals is MINIMIZE MY WASTE.

And I’ve learned that can be as simple as:

  • using a handkerchief instead of throwing that tissue in the trash
  • using reusable grocery bags instead of the plastic ones
  • saying ‘no’ to the plastic straw at a restaurant (felt so good to do this one, haha! A friend of mine calls them ‘turtle killers.’ It is sad to see God’s creatures dying from polution! 😦 )
  • using a rag instead of a paper towel
  • thrifting/refashioning clothes instead of buying new (whenever possible at least)

And so many more other ways! I’m looking forward to seeing all the creative ways I can minimize my waste in 2020.

What are some of the ways you minimize your waste?

Hadassah S.

p.s. Outfit above: dress- thrifted (Chaps) // shirt- thrifted (A.N.A) // headband- Amazon // camera strap- gifted

10 thoughts on “Minimal Waste // 2020

  1. Madison Grace says:

    One of my favorite authors is zero waste! I’m pretty guilty of not being zero-waste… I love me some straws and tissues and paper towels! I’m horrible! 😂 Where does all that trash go, anyway? It does kind of horrify me to think of how much trash is produced, but I seem to live a pretty normal life — what happens to all our trash…? I’m Florida we’re required to recycle so at least I’m doing a little bit of good! LOL!

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    • Hadassah S. says:

      Oh I know! Guilty as charged over here too! xD It’s insane how much trash we come up with in a lifetime. I know a lot of our trash is buried, burned, or just floats out into the ocean. 😦
      Lol, yes! Recycling definitely helps. In Ohio we’re not required too, but we take our recycling to the town’s center anyways. I’m excited to see just what I can come up with this year in NOT putting things into the trash can! It’ll be interesting for sure. 😉
      Thanks for your comment, Madi!
      Hadassah

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  2. Grace says:

    That is definitely a very neat goal for 2020! That is one of those things that once you read about it, or watch something about it that really just sticks in your mind and is hard to avoid paying attention too. Vibrato is one of my goal for this year also. Best of luck!

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    • Hadassah S. says:

      Absolutely! I read one of the books and had to think about all the trash I’ve accumulated into dumps my entire life! It’s kind of crazy.
      Aw, that’s so fun! I hope you master your goal as well, Grace. ❤

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