Last year, my family started chasing a zero-waste lifestyle because my husband and I wanted to lessen our impact on the environment and teach our children how to take care of the earth.
We started by avoiding plastic packaging then went on to discover minimalism and reduced our material possessions and overall consumption. After a transition full of trial and error, we are now close to achieving a zero-waste lifestyle with next to no trash. (We gave the movement a more fitting name: Near-O Waste!)
Our goal is to make as little trash as possible, and not worry about perfection. We were surprised to find that when we had less stuff, it left more time for travel — and each other.
With a bit of organization, the art of Near-O Waste can be easily mastered at home. But sticking to a green lifestyle can feel nearly impossible when you're out and about.
So often, stepping out of your home or office to run errands or eat in a restaurant means surrounding yourself with excessive packaging and single-use disposables. Keep these tips in mind for a successful, low-waste day, even when you're on the go: