After weeks of prepping I finally attempted my first zero-waste grocery shop this weekend and it went better than I’d have hoped! It’s a daunting prospect and I can assure you that you’re not alone in thinking it’s just too big a change to comprehend. But, when broken down into steps, it really isn’t so difficult after all.
I am documenting my journey in the hope that I can inspire some of you to take the plunge and make the transition yourselves. Moreover, I mean to provide some guidance to those of you who are unsure where to begin (and I can’t deny that it helps me stay on track!).
The first thing to remember is that you all have the tools to start your own zero-waste journey at home already.
I know that organic cotton produce bags and quality stainless-steel containers all make for really great Instagram photos (and I must admit, I have been seduced into ordering a few small items), but you don’t NEED them.
The whole point of a zero-waste lifestyle is to minimise what you consume, and will inevitably dispose of. So just re-use what you already own; you may find that you want more and, if you anticipate the change to be a permanent one, then go for it, but don’t be discouraged if all you have is a random assortment of cloth bags and scratched plastic lunch boxes.
Because that’s all I had on my first shop; I am waiting for a few items to arrive in the post so this time I had to make do with what I had and I was absolutely fine.
I have been truly inspired by the zero-waste Instagram community and I thank all of you who have shared your own stories; I’m not entirely sure I’d have made the decision otherwise.
Anyway! See how my first shopping trip went below 🙂