waste-free - her sunday ritual
this weeks' ritual:
\ ˈzē-(ˌ)rō-ˈwāst generating little or no waste; a philosophy 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 or incinerators)
Everyone seems to be talking about reducing waste lately. (and we couldn’t be happier with the timing of this sunday ritual, as we are excited to have been featured in Mindbodygreen (our wellness bible) article about how to live green on a budget. Which, we feel closely aligns with waste-free.
Most recently, the impact of plastic straws on the environment has been at the forefront of the media. We’ve seen a few big headlines where cities and businesses are forgoing plastic, single-use items and leaning towards more ecologically friendly options. As of last week, the city of Seattle made headlines by banning plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants. Vancouver quickly followed suit, incorporating a straw ban as of fall 2019, making it the first major Canadian city to make this commitment. In addition, Starbucks recently announced their own initiative to ban plastic straws in all stores by 2020.
On a smaller scale, people are also jumping on the waste-free train by not only reducing their waste, but aiming to have little to none. Although it may seem daunting (we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t), it’s also possible. By taking it one step at a time, the little changes you make cumulate and will eventually create a bigger, collective impact.
So where do you start?
Amanda Javier, founder of Witch in the Wild, suggests organizing a plan of attack. In her post “A Year to Becoming Waste-Free”, she shares how creating a month-by-month schedule helped her reduce her waste without being completely overwhelmed. She stresses that going into it judgement-free is a must and will help you enjoy the zero-waste ride.
You also have to get rid of stuff. Decluttering and purging helps you see and appreciate the things you do keep. We’re not saying go full minimalist (but are totally cheering you on if that’s your sauce!), but take the time to go through the stuff you don’t need and give it away. Today’s ritual below will show you how you can get started today!
A clean space makes for a clear mind - what better way to start your week?
this weeks' ritual: De-clutter and donate.
Focus on a small-ish area in your home (your closet, kitchen cabinet, bathroom cupboard, etc). Assess the number of items in this space. How many of these do you really need? To help you out, divide these items into two categories: 1) NECESSITY (use frequently; can’t live without) and 2) INDULGENCE (use occasionally, if not rarely; a luxury you can ultimately live without). Reflect on why each item is in its designated pile. What makes something a necessity or an indulgence? What motivated you to purchase the indulgence item? Once each item is categorized, breathe deep and release what you no longer need. Take 3-4 “indulgent” items (preferably in good condition or gently used) and give them away. This can be to friends and/or family, a local business, a neighborhood charity*, etc. And how fitting as today it so happens to be National Giving Away Day! (PSST, we are celebrating this day with a giveaway on our instagram today, make sure to check it out for some great clean beauty products).
Ultimately, the goal of this ritual is to recognize the purpose of items we own and better understand the reasoning behind why we buy things. We want to create a sense of awareness of the things we purchase in the future and how each item should serve a purpose. This, in turn, will help you be cognizant of reducing your materialistic consumption, a stepping stone towards reducing your overall waste.
*Don’t know where to donate? We’ve got you covered! Join us at our book share this Wednesday with the items you want to give away. You’ll not only get to share a book you own and receive a new one (minimizing your ecological footprint), but you can bring items to give away and we’ll donate them to Sistering, an agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.
“I am mindful with what I throw away”
yours to ponder
Bring awareness to how much you actually throw away! We are so used to throwing things out we do not see the waste we create. Spend the week bringing awareness to how much waste you create. Try not to feel guilt, and remember just bringing awareness is a step in the right direction.
How will I further declutter my space and reduce my waste this week? We’ve done our ritual on Sunday, but how do we keep this mindset going throughout the week? Here are a few suggestions from Amanda on how you can keep your space clear and bring you one step closer to being waste-free:
Try not to buy unnecessary items for the rest of the week (this means clothes/shoes, eating out, etc).
Bring a reusable mug for your cup of coffee
Carry around cutlery.
Avoid plastic bags.
Recycle and compost whenever you can!
Want more ideas? See below for our featured ritual with Amanda:
Amanda’s Sunday Ritual
Amanda Javier is a Muskoka raised, Toronto based owner of the botanical skin and beauty line, Witch in the Wild. Amanda believes in living a minimal, waste free and vegan lifestyle. When she's not mixing botanical potions for her business you can find her studying herbalism.
To get an idea of how she preps for the week ahead, Amanda shares her own (zero-waste) Sunday ritual. Amanda will be doing an Instagram takeover at 4:00pm on our instagram account where you’ll be able to see exactly what she uses and does to reduce trash and live a cleaner, waste-free life!
The path to waste free has given me a great lesson in how to make choices with intention. Since I began to transition my lifestyle to waste free, I feel so much more connected to the choices I make and how they effect the earth and my community.
1. Prepare! Always plan ahead and bring waste free alternatives with you (jars, bags, cutlery...etc)
2. Get curious! Don't think a certain aspect of your life can be waste free? Google it. Everything I know in life is based on Google and my Pinterest account
3. Fuck it up! And then un-fuck it up and keep that cycle going until the "right" choice comes naturally
4. Think of it as an upgrade to your lifestyle versus another "thing" on your to do list
5. Find a friend. It's much easier to do when you have a waste free buddy to talk to.
6. Check out Amanda's pinterest page for more inspiration on how to be waste-free