I want to preface this whole post by saying that zero waste living is hard, can be expensive and I realize that not everyone chooses to live this way. Honestly, my own husband doesn't opt for zero waste choices like I wish he would and my dad had never heard the phrase "zero waste" until I was talking to him about a video I watched on YouTube yesterday. I would also like to say that I truly believe everyone can make their lives more eco-friendly, if they try. We only have one planet and I wholeheartedly believe that we need to do everything we can to keep her (Earth) alive and well.
With Halloween right around the corner, I've seen a lot of #TealPumpkinProject but a lot of the treat suggestions were crappy, cheap, plastic toys and things I don't want to buy and put in someone else's home. I don't want my kids coming home with a bunch of little spider rings and vampire teeth, so why would I inflict those things on other parents? So I've been looking for alternatives.
I recently learned that I am shockingly cheap. We had a water treatment/filter sales guy come by the house the other day to give us a fancy presentation and try to sell us his filtration system. In exchange for listening to him talk, we were going to get a $20 Home Depot gift card. With all the house projects we have going on, we could happily use that money, so we agreed to have him come, knowing we weren't going to buy his system.
The idea of being "zero waste" seems difficult, expensive, time consuming and arguably "not worth it". I know because when I first started looking into it, that's all I kept thinking. "Oh my god. They want that much for straws?! They must be out of their damn minds." Or "Yeah, composting seems great, but it also seems like a lot of work."
A little over a year ago, I switched from cloth to full time disposables. It wasn't a decision I was thrilled about, but our cloth diapers were really nearly 2.5 years old. The elastic was stretched beyond usefulness, and the inserts were no longer doing their jobs. I was annoyed with their failure to last as long as I wanted (although they did last for a long time, I just had unreasonable expectations) and I was frustrated. Instead of replacing the cloth we had, I decided it would just be easy to by disposables. I wish I hadn't done that.
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