A year ago, I had an idea that totally transformed my way of thinking and inspired the blog you’re reading right now.
Staying committed, as we changed many aspects of our life, wasn’t always easy.
I spent a lot of time learning the ropes, trying new ideas, and sometimes failing. I spoke with people who understood my intentions, and people who didn’t. I was gawked at, or even scoffed at, for bringing my own containers. And I worried that my zero-waste choices would inadvertently offend my non-zero-waste loved ones.
But today, I couldn’t be happier with the results of our efforts (and I take the nickname “Pan-handler” as a compliment!)…
We make very little trash, which is good for the earth.
We eat mainly real, unpackaged food, which is good for our health.
We spend less time buying (and dealing with) stuff, which is good for our sanity.
As a result, we have more quality family time, which is good for our hearts.
And we have more money to spend on traveling, which is good for our souls.
In 2016, I hope to inspire others to take gradual steps toward a Near-O Waste lifestyle by posting a new idea every other week.
I’ll start with ideas that are quick, easy, and probably free, and move toward ideas that are more time-consuming and/or challenging (and might require an investment). Near-O Waste ideas will come first, and later; ideas for minimalism and simple living.
As I discovered very early on: *ZERO* waste is improbable, but *near* zero is possible! The first step is wanting to change. Do it for the earth, your health, your sanity, your heart, and your soul. Do it N.O.W.!
Make less trash, minimize, simplify, and be happy.
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