For quite a while my wife and I have become increasingly more aware of the amount of waste that we are dumping on our planet and just what a devastating effect it is having on planet earth. As such, we have decided to try to live a zero waste life.
We both feel it’s vitally important for our children so that when they become adults they’ll hopefully inherit a cleaner, more environmentally friendly planet than what it is currently. It’s also vital that we teach our seven old twins now about zero waste so it is passed onto future generations and they have the mindset to protect our earth better than we have managed so far. We have lived already far too long in this throw away, disposable society. A society of convenience and not a conscience about what we are doing to our planet.
My wife initially started a local Facebook group and it was instantly a success gaining likes, comments and followers in just days. This told us that there are like minded people out there who see the damage that non biodegradable products are having on the planet, and more importantly on our children’s future.
With the initial success on Facebook we then started an Instagram page, and that has had just as much early interest and green companies have been offering us biodegradable, reusable, natural products to try out. I have been amazed at how easy it has been to make the switch.
We also made a visit to our local zero waste shop called Ripple. I have to admit before going I was a little bit sceptical, but any fears or doubts I had quickly faded away. The products and idea behind it is truly brilliant. Yes, certain items were an expensive initial investment such as the reusable sanitary pads my wife bought, but when compared to buying disposable ones in the supermarket they will very quickly pay their way and it also means a few less sanitary towels going to landfill, which actually take between 500 and 800 years to biodegrade because there is a plastic content in them and that is a scary amount of time.
Also at Ripple you can buy food by filling your own containers. This helps to reduce the amount of plastic being used and actually is considerably cheaper so not only does it help the environment, but saves you money too.
The one fact that has actually blown my mind is the plastic toothbrush. It takes 400 years for one plastic toothbrush to disappear from planet earth. This means that every single toothbrush that has ever been made is still in existence today somewhere in the world. In North America alone it is estimated that a billion plastic toothbrushes are dumped at landfill every year. Now that is a seriously scary figure.
Blue rock are a company that make bamboo toothbrushes and we were lucky enough to be sent some for us all to try out. Quite honestly I can’t tell the difference. They are environmentally friendly and are made of a bamboo that pandas don’t eat so we are not hurting their environment. They come in recyclable packaging and they take up to a maximum of six months to biodegrade. In fact it can be as quick as six weeks in a compost mound or bin. Surely that is the way forward?
Our journey will be tough because we are having to change habits of a lifetime, but it is necessary changes we need to make in order to protect our planet from global warming and ultimate destruction, and just as importantly to educate our children that they can pass it on to the next generation, but it has to start now. We can no longer continue to ignore the mess we have made of the world in such a relatively short time.
If our little small journey helps just a little bit and maybe encourages others to take part, then it will all have been worthwhile.
I would love to hear your comments and what, if anything, you are doing to help the worlds environment by reducing the waste in your life.