Hello! This is my first post! I’m so excited to finally start a website to go with my Instagram page. I have been so inspired and have been having so much fun running TheZeroWasteGirl Instagram page, I’m really excited to take it to the next level.
It’s hard to know where to start, I have so many topics to write about… so I’m just going to start with a quick overview of my journey and where I am currently.
A couple of years ago I quit my job of 8 years to be a stay at home mom. This was a very foreign thing to me as I never really thought I’d be a mother, and I had never gone without a job since I was of age to have one. For the first while it was incredibly hard. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m not gonna lie, I cried everyday for the first couple of weeks. My daughter Lemon was barely 2 at the time, and starting to get very active. I’m a major introvert, and if it were up to me I’d probably stay at home binging on Netflix all day. I had to find something to do to keep both of us happy, because watching Gossip Girl and food docs all day wasn’t going to cut it. So we started going on LONG walks, pretty much all day. She loved it, and I still got to have a little peace and quiet while still getting some exercise in and not feeling like a terrible mother. As we walked I started to notice all the trash on the ground. Our walks were beautiful if you looked straight ahead, (yay Utah!) but very ugly if you looked down. So I eventually started bringing a bag out with me… then several bags. I walked the same route every singe day, and somehow filled up multiple bags every day. I took them home and separated them into landfill, recycle, glass recycle. How was this happening? It was very frustrating that I was trying so hard, yet nothing was really changing.
One night after I put Lemon to bed I was spending a little time to myself. My husband Tim works crazy hours doing production management and sound engineering for various venues and touring bands, so I’m often alone. Which I don’t mind! (IN(F/T)J here!) So I was sitting on the couch in the living room just wasting time on my phone. I decided to clear out any emails, photos, and notes that I could to keep things more organized, when I came across a note that I had put in my phone a year earlier, it said “Taylor says look at – trashisfortossers.com.” My little brother had told me something about a girl and a jar a year earlier that sounded cool at the time, but I didn’t look into it until that moment! I opened my computer and pretty much went insane all over Lauren’s site. I started an Instagram that night called @worldtrashcollective where I planned to document all my trash. I did this for sometime… maybe some of you remember me as that!? I posted some pretty cool (sad) looking pictures of trash everyday for a few months. I eventually decided to take it to the next level and cut as much trash as I could from my life. I even had a trash jar for awhile! Since I decided to expand my topics a bit I changed my name too.
So for the last year or so I have been doing my best to be “zero waste.” Does that mean I have zero impact? Absolutely not. That’s impossible. But you can bet that I absolutely do my best to be as close to zero as I can. What I can is not what you can. What you can is not what your neighbor can. Make sense? We are all different. I do my best, and I hope I can encourage you to do your best, whatever your best may be.
My goal is to share with you guys the things I have learned, my daily tips and tricks, my ups and downs, the reality of the trash problem, etc. Maybe we can help each other and help the planet a little bit too.
Until next time.