The Zero Waste Mindset
Can we take a moment and talk the living zero waste mindset? Ok, glad you are all here taking the time to tap into this with me. I few years back, to be honest I cannot remember how long ago but I do know that I was living in my second New York apartment still working in fashion. I was styling photoshoots and assisting on multi-million dollar ad campaigns as my day to day. Yet in my New York apartment I was deep diving into the new world of what zero waste was. I first heard this term on The Minimalist podcast and my little ears perked right up walking along the streets of Brooklyn with my headphones in. I made a mental note to look into this later. Once I finally sat down and explored the exploration never stopped. I am still exploring, ever learning and growing into what being zero waste means to me.
When I first found zero waste I thought it was avoiding all waste and if I did use waste it went into a mason jar. For me personally this caused a lot of mental strain and self punishment. I was not living from a joyous place yet I brought this thing into my life to find more joy. Joy of living more simply and loving the Earth more fully. So I began to make my own “rules” up, yes if you are reading this you too can make your own rules up. No one is just like me and my experiences in life so I realized I had to make it work for me. Yes, we all have the same goal / vision for this way of living that being we freaking LOVE our beautiful Earth and want to protect her. With that mindset you are one foot ahead of the rest. By living to love and protect our earth I remembered I am the Earth so how I care for myself is vital.
My so called rules started to form the more this idea began to sink in. I am the Earth, how can I show up and care for myself and use this zero waste mindset in every aspect of my life. The zero waste mindset as formed into living not from a place of either 100% or 0% but an ever flowing percent on the spectrum day to day. Showing up as fully as I can each day to be present to what is happening around me. Ok, so lets deep dive more into what that means for me. I have found to be able to connect to myself and the Earth daily I need to take time to be quite with myself. This for me is the practice of tea ceremony. A deeper way to be in meditation and communion with nature. If you are looking to learn more about tea ceremony you can read more here!
Using tea ceremony as my jumping off place for the day ahead has me centered and grounded. Yet like everything some days I fall low on the 100% - 0% spectrum skipping my practice or sleeping through my alarm clock. Yet this gives me the opportunity to use my compassion for myself. To be compassionate with what my body is asking from me and listening. This is where being present comes into place, what is happening right now in this moment. How can I best nurture and love myself? Everyone has a different way to do that and I invite you to begin to explore that, what do you do that brings you into presence? How can you show up for yourself everyday? Is that sitting in meditation, hiking, cooking, rock climbing or journaling? These are some of the things that are central to my self care. With this presence cultivated I go into my day avoiding waste.
The zero waste mindset is ever flowing and growing like everything in life and how you show up for it is most important. When I am moving through the world my mindset takes me to always look at the bigger picture of what an item will do to this world. Where did it come from? Where and how was it made? Where will it end up after I use it? That one is tricky because it is easier as a society to have blinders on to where our waste really goes. We think we are “recycling” so we are doing our part. Yet most of that ends up in our oceans. Do not let that get you down! You get to choose each day using your own zero waste mindset to replace that plastic and single use items with bringing reusables with you! Check out the Zero Waste Kit to get everything you could need to kickstart this way of life. Although I did not have this when starting I made my own and if they are not available to you, you can as well. I still carry all these items in my bag and repurpose them from items I already have in my home.
When I first sat down to write this I kept coming up against my self and wondering how to communicate this big topic with you all. I am not sure I still have and thats ok because just like the zero waste mindset it is every flowing and growing. This allows me to explore more deeply with you how in each aspect of my life I am doing this. Keep and eye out for more daily practices from me on how I personally live this Simply Bare way of life!