30 days to Zero Waste had a ton of solid advice on adopting a sustainable lifestyle, but I felt some of the advice was misguided and mistargeted.
Not everyone who wants to become zero waste wants to become a minimalist- the author was simply lucky that I was going through a massive stage of decluttering because of Marie Kondo’s books. Perhaps this would have been more appropriately named 30 days to Zero Waste and Minimalism.
The layout of the chapters/days also felt rather frustrating. As I listen to the book I was having trouble discerning different levels of tasks from suggestions within the different advancement levels and background information leading up to the challenges.
One of the things that really cracked me up about this book was the day that focused on embracing minimalism. The friction of listening to a ten minute chapter each day and trying to keep an ear out of when to stop it for the next day was already well established in my psyche, making me that much more frustrated about there not being a Kindle version. My Kindle is my preferred format for physically reading (with my eyes, not my ears) and is extra handy for guidebooks(like 30DTZW). The objective to become minimalist literally suggests using an ereader but doesn’t make this exact book available on a very popular ereader platform, which feels almost like hypocrisy.
I did like the day that it suggested I join a community, as I already use the Amino app. I simply added a zero-waste community to my acciunt. As I’ve been studying the topic and attempting to go zero waste for years, I was able to give pointers to plenty of the newbies which makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. But then again, I also feel a bit like a fraud as I am not yet perfect at zero-waste, and I don’t feel like I should necessarily be giving advice.
The book was still full of useful information, but I would not recommend the audio version as it feels messy if you try to do the challenges day by day. I can’t speak to the physical copy and there’s no Kindle version to check out, but if you really want to become both zero waste and minimalist simultaneously you might have a better experience with the print book.
I hadn’t realized I’d lapsed on posting! Whoops! Anyway, here we go!
To recap on my day 17, I bought real food- I went to the farmers market, bought potatoes, mushrooms, carrots and lettuce. I’ve come to realize the ONLY zero waste carbs I can find are corn(seasonal) and potatoes unless I make my own pasta. Even boxed pasta has those plastic windows so you can see the noodles within and it drives me bonkers. THAT SAID the one time I made my own pasta was rather gratifying and very yummy. It was a few years ago and I’d like to try my hand at it again.
As for my day 19, I looked into tool rentals and other such stuff for minimalism.
The other week I cleared out my toolbox of things I don’t use regularly and it’s much lighter(and cleaner!) now. I looked into renting tools and it appears that I can rent just about any tool I could need from Lowe’s, which is nice to know. As for cars I think Napa, Pep Boys, or Auto Zone does tool rental as well, but I can’t quite recall. It is good to know I don’t need to buy them, however.
I’ve also been ripping audio books I’ve bought(secondhand mind you!) and have placed them in the donate pile, which is quickly building back off after donating last week. Now I can put them on my iPod and play them on the surround sound in the camper as I tidy without having to worry about CDs skipping.
As for day 20, yesterday, I was to “share the word.” To sum up this day I was to find and build community. I posted about my following the book to Instagram and joined the Zero Waste Amino group. They’re a really friendly and welcoming bunch over there! One thing the book suggested that I really want to do is host a zero waste tea party. While there’s not a local community how #lolitafashion is that?!
Today is the day in to “declutter my mind.” I did a weekly review last night which largely did that but I also unfollowed, muted and unsubscribed from a few annoying things.
I do like the idea of a digital detox and will be working my way towards that.
Yesterday was the chapter on buying secondhand. I knew that a lot of thrift shops don’t put out everything and instead ship off and throw out many of their donations, which is why I’ll usually look in thrift shops, but what I decided to buy yesterday was certainly a rarity.
Remember how I mentioned I decided to ride my bike to classes next semester? I’ve been trying to figure out how to best secure my bike and as it’s a hand me down from my grandmother and I’d be devastated if it was stolen. I looked at locks and bike bags and decided that the heavy vintage folding bike might just be best to be returned to my grandma and buying a more easily transportable when folded folding bike is the best way to go.
I settled on a STRiDA bike, namely for the ability to roll it when its folded. It also has a lot of reviews from over the years and I feel confident knowing the cons to expect, unlike those one day Brompton bike reviews littering YouTube.
It’s to arrive next week and I’m rather excited to take it for a spin!
I’ve also been on the hunt for candlesticks and haven’t been able to find a perfect one for my aesthetic(I’m looking for a single antique silver taper holder). That’s not urgent, however, so I’m taking my sweet time hunting one of those down as it’s a matter of time.
Today’s challenge was to either make or source my own zero waste personal care products.
As I’m missing one of the essential ingredients to making the toothpaste(and I’m nearly out of normal tooth paste) I will be stopping by the grocery store soon to buy coconut oil.
I already own a handful of low waste alternatives that I rather enjoy. The powder is from Williamsburg PA, and as far as I could tell no plastic. I felt it was much fancier to store it in a pewter and glass box as opposed to hard.