|My waste from May 2015 to present.|
I hope to divert a lot of this remaining waste from going to landfill by turning it into a commemorative art project. I'm thinking something along the lines of collage or mixed media project...I am still experimenting with techniques but am eager to show it off once it's finished. I hope that this project will greatly reduce my trash from this year if not entirely eliminate it. I'll make sure to include all the details in an upcoming post. ;)
So, onto my first year as a zero-waster. I first started out in May of last year, the year I graduated from college. I was really into minimalism and reducing my possessions at the time, especially since I had moved to a super small apartment in my town. It wasn't too bad, but my husband and I quickly learned we would have to get rid of a lot of things to be comfortable in our new space. I was watching a lot of Youtube videos, reading articles, and listening to Marie Kondo's now infamous book on Audible while I whittled down my possessions. During that time I got rid of nearly everything I owned either by selling it, donating it, or giving it away to family members or friends. I kept the bare essentials and some sentimental items I wasn't ready to deal with yet. I was really proud of myself at this time, because I was able to make use of the (very small and limited) built-in storage my apartment had without having to rely on other pieces of furniture or organizing equipment. I felt so light during this process.
During this time, I also became very interested in picking up litter around my neighborhood because it was everywhere. I felt so strongly about it I figured the best thing to do was to just do something about it instead of complaining, and that turned into spending some weekend mornings collecting other's litter and garbage, hence my old blog name, "Litter Lady". All of my posts during that time are still available for reading if interested, located in the sidebar.