Set Your Waste Less Goals

Biodegradable shampoo. That was my very first waste less goal. If you’ve read my “About” section you know that when I first started my journey to be more environmentally friendly I got quickly overwhelmed and just gave up. There is so much hurting our planet, and there are a lot of different areas you can focus your energy on to address these things, like buying local, consuming less/no plastic, driving less, and the list goes on. So you can see how easy it would be to become overwhelmed!

Once I realized that giving up was not the answer, I decided to tackle one area at a time, and continue to do so. Once I meet that goal, I move on to the next one. Of course, sometimes there are more than one goals happening at once, or they overlap, but the point is to focus on implementing lifestyle changes, not doing a bunch of trendy “diets” that will not sustain itself.

In my last post I discussed my family’s decision to do a “Buy Nothing 2020,” to spend the year focusing on using what we have, borrowing from others, or making ourselves rather than buying it. Of course within this calendar year there are 2 other goals I have:

1. Learn to use the sewing machine that has been collecting dust for years in a closet, oops! I am hoping Buy Nothing 2020 will push me to learn quicker how to mend things, as I anticipate will be a necessity!

2. Continue to switch to more zero waste/biodegradable personal hygiene bathroom products, such as shampoo, moisturizer, children’s soap, toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes.

So what are your goals? Is there an area you are currently working on? If so, I’d love to hear about it, so please share in the comments below. If not, now is the time! Let me encourage you to choose one thing. If you are not sure where to start, check out my blog post “12 Action Steps to Get Started.” There are 12 options of very achievable actions you can take if you’re just getting started.

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