As acknowledged by one of today’s most up and coming Zero Waste spokespeople, Bea Johnson, many have this misconception that zero waste means more mess, complication, spending, and stress in a person’s life.
While I have yet to be entirely zero waste, and, no, my home does not have the simple white walls and beautifully uncluttered rooms of a minimalist, I can confidently advise any spectators not to subscribe to that idea. Zero waste means simplicity, and more often than not, it ends up looking more beautiful than a life of trash production.
Personally, I think my jar of water is prettier than bottled water…
For instance, yesterday I went out to eat with one of my friends, Carolyn, after staying up till 4:30 am the night before finishing summer assignments (I’m actually typing up this post as a break from reading “Wuthering Heights”). With me, I brought a large square container, a fork, spoon, and napkin, a mason jar for water(which I put rosemary in for flavoring), my wallet, and a smaller jar, all carried in my favorite tote bag.
I was able to order a sandwich at a Mediterranean restaurant. They still put tinfoil
around it despite my request for them not to, so here is all my trash from yesterday’s lunch:
Then, Carolyn and I went to a frozen yogurt place, in which I requested to use my smaller jar. The cashier was fine with it, and weighed my jar before I put anything in it, so as not to pay extra for its weight. Then, I did as any other customer does, and filled my jar with delicious strawberry and mango frozen yogurt. In my opinion, as well as others, as I did get compliments at the store, the jar makes the food look a LOT prettier.
Prettier food, prettier planet. What could be the down side?