Let me start off by telling you what this article DOESN’T do. This article does NOT answer the question that it asks. (WHAT?!) Yes, you read that correctly. As I will keep mentioning, this blog is about my journey. I am not pretending to be an expert. I am just figuring things out along the way.
Now, with that out of the way, let us dive into my issue. I am really trying to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Seriously, I have gotten rid of so much of my stuff I can pack everything I own in two hours or less. (Assuming I don’t have to do laundry). Now, I also want to stop creating so much waste and do my part for Mother Nature.
My daughter goes through about two cans of formula a week. The zero waste in me is like “lets figure out what kind of DIY crafts we can do with these.” But the minimalist in me is cringing every time I see the stack of cans just sitting. I know there are great things I can do with the cans but I don’t make the time for them. How many am I going to let pile up before enough is enough? Am I really going to find a purpose for EVERY can? She’s only four months.
This one is slightly out of my control. I’m not the one buying the bottles. I TRY to not drink water from the bottles. They ARE being “recycled.” (Watch “Plastic Ocean” on Netflix to see why I put it in quotation marks). I do have a reusable water bottle, but even that is plastic as well. I plan on buying a hydro flask bottle at some point but those are a little pricey. In the end, I can only control myself right? Should I encourage others without being pushy? This one is tough for me.
Personally, I hate using sponges to wash dishes. I also feel really wasteful using napkins and paper towels to clean my face or dry my hands. Using towels instead is not a problem for me at all. But again, I feel conflicted because I don’t live in my own place with my little family so I don’t control any of these things. I’ve thought about purchasing a small thing of cloth napkins to use myself but I haven’t committed to the idea.
I want to try and do my part but not bring extra clutter. Once I purchase my own home (which is my goal to do so by July 2022) these “extra” but reusable things won’t be clutter really because I will be using them daily, but as of now do I make these extra purchases? Essentially it adds to my belongings which is not the goal of minimalism but it helps with zero waste.
Once again, it’s a journey.
Until next time… <3