White background, tons on sunlight, a couple of glass jars containing vegan-organic-locally grown delicious food. Bamboo utensils and a cotton napkin. The perfect Zero Waste picture. I love to look at them because they inspire simplicity and peace... But something always bothered me. Why isn't my ZW journey taking me there? Why, after looking at these pictures, all I want to do is go on a ZW shopping spree?
I finally understood. I was looking in my instagram feed and I saw a picture of a stainless steel water bottle next to a plastic container. @metzona's observation was that she saw a lot of people using stainless steel food containers but that she "use(s) what I already have."
Even if that means plain old plastic. Even if you're stuck with it forever. Even if you don't like it.
This got me thinking about what it really means to be Zero Waste. to me, it means:
So, in reality, being ZW is an act of rebellion against the Status Quo! It takes courage, persistence and restrain for a mom to cook from scratch to avoid packaged food, for a kid to use a cotton napkin when all his friends use disposables, for a teenager to ask the waiter to not put a straw in her soda, or to wait for that new book to be in the Library, for a couple to reuse their old furniture when they can afford new one...
I am willing to go that extra mile. Want to come along? It won't be perfect but it'll be worth it!