We have been on our waste-free living journey for about 2 years now. It took me about a year to really get into it and the lockdown hit which actually helped us to ramp up our waste-free living efforts.
Over the past 2 years I have learnt so much not just about how products are produced and disposed of but also about how wasteful we were (are) as a family. When you start taking stock of what you bring into your home and what you throw away, it is incredibly eye-opening and a little embarrassing.
To be honest while I am enjoying it, it has not been easy and sometimes I tempted to just walk into a supermarket and go back to how we used to shop. But then I do actually pop into a big retailer and am reminded exactly why I started. There have been many lessons learnt over the past 2 years, but these are just a few of the ones that stand out.
Lessons in Waste-free Living
You have to get the whole family on board. This year is the first year that I have the whole family on board and it is making it so much easier. If everyone is on the same page you can move forward together. It has taken me some time to get the kids to the point where they don’t just want stuff because it is shiny and pretty. Kiara is completely on board and she is very intentional about what she spends her money on. The younger two are more aware now about what plastic they accept and I think by the time they become active consumers they will be very conscious about what they are buying.
It is not a quick switch. You can’t decide to reduce waste today and tomorrow you are living a waste-free life. We are two years into our journey and I am not sure if we are even half way to where I want to be. It takes time and you have to be prepared to give it that time.