Last year I wrote “60 Zero Waste Resolutions for 2020” at the beginning of January. It was meant to be a sort of intro to low-waste living—a “tasting menu” of ideas to try. The list was widely shared on social media, too, and it was lovely to see so many people interested in trying out some Zero Waste swaps as part of their resolutions. But (spoiler alert!) 2020 didn’t exactly go as planned. Instead, it was harder than ever to make the traditional low-waste swaps.
Moreover, an emphasis on individual changes can seem downright silly when it comes to tackling systemic issues. It’s always been that way, but I feel that the challenges and suffering of 2020 made it even more apparent. Supporting our communities is more important than any individual Zero Waste swap. After all, low-waste living is about making the world a better place for everyone.
Are low-waste swaps useless? No, of course not. We still need to make individual changes when we can. But it is important to put our precious energy to good use. That means a balance of individual changes mixed with community work. Wondering where to start? Here are some of my personal favourite eco-friendly resolutions to (hopefully) help inspire you.
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I can’t believe it, but the holidays are right around the corner! If you’re struggling with the thought of giving gifts this year, you’re not alone. Sadly, for many of us what we truly want (in-person togetherness) needs to be saved until things are safer, COVID-wise. Adding COVID to the already-tricky concept of eco-friendly gift giving seems to make everything even trickier. Fear not, though, because there are plenty of ways that we can show our loved ones that we care, even if it’s from afar.
Here are my top tips:
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Truth be told, having a low-waste period without any disposable products was something that worried me for a long time. I was intimidated! It wasn’t until several months into my low-waste journey before I decided to give it a go. To my amazement, reusable period products are now one of my all-time favourite Zero Waste swaps! I looooove not buying disposable, mostly plastic, period products every month. So here, I’ll offer some tips and tricks for those just starting out.
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Accessibility is a major issue in the Zero Waste world. The truth is that few of us have access to low-waste groceries and home products at the best of times, let alone during COVID. Even for those of us who do have stores nearby, there are other serious challenges, such as transportation. That’s why it’s fantastic to see low-waste grocery delivery services popping up. It’s an idea whose time has come, and thank goodness! Recently, I learned about three (yes, three!) small businesses doing just that in Vancouver and its surrounding areas. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Not only are all of these businesses women-owned, but they’re also all moms. So of course I wanted to profile all three of them for a blog post.
Without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce Fulfill Shoppe (owned by Lori Crump and Pam McEwin), Jarr (owned by Emily Sproule) and Livlite (owned by Grace Kennedy). Here are their stories and their businesses.
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Many people find safety razors intimidating, but they don’t have to be! Here are my top tips for using plastic-free safety razors with ease.
A note: you don’t need to remove body hair! Your body is beautiful as it is, hair and all. However, if you’d like to shave, that’s okay too! And as with everything, a safety razor isn’t for everyone. Always choose what works best for you.
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