We can almost hear all the different answers “yes”, “of course”, “what is that?” Well, just so you know, we did a little survey around zero waste and plastic pollution awareness not that long ago and 28% of surveyed people were not aware of the movement at all. If you are interested in the results, you can subscribe to the blog and we’ll send them to you.
So, for those of you who haven’t heard about it, the zero waste movement is a lifestyle in which people try to avoid generating trash. It all starts with avoiding single use plastic items and any non-recyclable material, but eventually it also entails any kind of trash, even if you can recycle it.
In fact, this movement went viral when someone managed to fit a whole year’s trash in a mason jar. Some interesting blogs about this are Trash is for Tossers and Litterless.
At Be ALAM, we don’t only try to reduce the amount of trash that we generate but also focus on creating awareness of sustainable materials that have a lower negative impact in our ecosystem as well as being aware that the production process complies with human rights and fair trade principles.
We know going completely zero waste isn‘t easy. Fortunately, it has been a growing movement over the last few years and therefore it is becoming easier to find shops that sell in bulk. Here is a list of the shops you can find around the world as well as brand names that embrace that philosophy; even some of the big, well known brands are embracing this philosophy by creating special collections. But let’s be honest, sometimes it‘s just too much of a hassle, right? Well, we’ve got you covered!
At Be ALAM we are firm believers that every little effort matters, so here are some of the steps we've taken in order to reduce our ecological footprint and some tips on how to stay committed to the change!
Do research; meaning educate yourself. The first thing to do, as in with anything else in life, is to do some research on your own and get a better understanding of what the zero waste lifestyle requires. There's plenty of information on the internet, like blogs (we have listed two of them already), Youtube tutorials and even documentaries on Netflix.
Is there something you struggle with in particular? Set an alarm in your phone to repeat every day at the same time with an affirmation (“Don’t forget the refillable bottle”, “Today I’m going to consume no plastic”). Trust us, having a daily reminder works!
Be aware; consume responsibly. By now, like us, you must be scared of how big of a negative impact our consumption has on the environment and how much our daily acts pollute. Like any other habit, embracing the zero waste movement requires continuous work. It's easy to fall back into more convenient ways. Whenever you see yourself struggling, think of the images you have seen and have that in mind when you go to the supermarket or shopping, even when you buy the morning coffee or get take away food.
Change your day to day habits. Baby steps, start by avoiding products in unnecessary wrapping, like bananas in plastic bags. Always have a small cloth bag in your purse or backpack in case you go shopping. Refuse single use plastics, like straws (We bet your iced latte doesn't taste as good if you remember the image of that poor turtle every time you take a sip).
Find alternatives to everyday things. We try to avoid plastic even if it’s reusable and recyclable. For example, you can switch to bamboo straws and toothbrushes, metallic water bottles, glass containers to store your leftovers in the fridge, you can also find food storage containers and mugs made from bamboo fibers. Make a list (yeah, we love lists!!) of plastic utensils you use everyday.
Reuse! Reuse! Reuse! One of the best ways to avoid generating waste is reusing things that you would normally throw away or recycle. We like to buy in bulk and therefore we reuse all the glass jars to store food. When we reuse we avoid the production of something new, wasting less resources and energy.
Finally, the most important trick of all. Find your own way of committing to this movement, find you WHY. Following someone else's steps might not be easy for you, so find what you can do and commit to it, as we said before every little change matters.