Trash: Week 6

If not for my stupid stomach, I would have been a zero waste rockstar this week. Unfortunately, I fell prey to the siren call of that wretched contraption, the vending machine. Yet again, better planning would have helped me avoid these items:

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So what have we got this week:

-those little plastic thingies on top of toothpicks that are supposed to make them look pretty or festive or ensure that you don’t poke yourself with them. I’m not exactly sure their purpose.

-the top off of a lid of cream cheese. Curse you, bagels at the office!

-mini packets of butter. I keep getting hungry in the afternoon and making toast. I need to stop that.

-Life Without Plastic sticker. I got plastic-free toothbrushes form Life without Plastic, which I love. Unfortunately, the package had a non-recyclable sticker on it.

-Wax paper from a sandwich I got one morning while in a rush. Ugh, Starbucks, and your deliciously addictive sausage, egg and cheese sammiches.

-More bits from those Moleskines I was ripping up a few weeks ago.

-Tea trash. I was doing really well avoiding tea wrapped in non-recyclable packing until I went to meditation on Monday night and just really wanted some freaking tea (mostly because my hands were cold.)

-produce sicker and unidentifiable piece of plastic

-THE TERRIBLE RESULT OF CAVING TO FOOD CRAVINGS. Except when it comes to cheesy crackers, I’m never sorry. The gummies made my stomach hurt (serves me right), but I can never regret Cheez-Its.

ALSO: I STARTED WEIGHING MY TRASH. This week, it was a whopping 0.4 oz. Last week: 2.6 oz. Progress!

Wasteless Grocery Shopping: Attempt 1

I tried out zero waste grocery shopping yesterday at Reading Terminal Market. I was only partially successful since I was with my father and he’s not quite fully on board with what I’m doing (if you’re reading this dad, hi and I love you!) so I didn’t take the time to stop by my apartment and come armed with mason jars for bulk items/meat/fish/cheese. Continue reading

Minimalism, Zero Waste, Gender, and Making a Greater Impact

What I would consider to be the four most famous minimalist bloggers are men. The three most notable zero waste bloggers in my albeit limited experience are women. Why is that?

I’ve been wondering since my first minimalist meetup, where seven men showed up and no women, whether there is an obvious, gendered reason for this. Namely, that society expects women to have a lot of clothes and personal care care products and be homemakers and cooks and decorators, all of which requires a lot of stuff…which makes it’s hard for women to be minimalists. At the same time, a zero waste lifestyle involves rethinking the processes by which we acquire cleaning products, personal care products and food, realms the women have traditionally been relegated to. Is this why?

To be totally honest (spoilers!), I was planning on devoting a significant amount of this blog to recipes for facial scrubs and cleaning products (which is interesting/entertaining to me, admittedly), but why should I? Honestly, the point of all this is to have a lighter impact on the environment…and I think a better way to do that would be to write letters to companies, make a fuss and talk to people about the chemicals in their food systems and the health impacts of plastics, and work with organizations and institutions to change how and what they source for their businesses. I want to enable people to #makeagreaterimpact.

(But I think I might still going to post that honey-cinnamon facial scrub, too.)