I frequent Starbucks almost everyday, to get work done for my jewelry store (Black Candy) or my YouTube channel (ChelsiKay). I usually get a Caramel Frappuccino or Iced Green Tea. I’ve been going to the same Starbucks for almost two years now and I have been ordering a drink in a disposable cup.Considering I go there all the time, I should have had a reusable cup a long time ago! I purchased one earlier this week and this one little change feels pretty great.
I’m sure by now you all have heard of the zero waste girl who fit two years of trash in a mason jar. If you haven’t, you can check out her story here. Personally I think it’s pretty impressive that people take the time to think about the amount of waste that they produce…how mindful
I don’t think attempting to live a zero waste lifestyle is hard but I do feel like it is time consuming. Many people go out of their way to go to bulk stores, make compost, DIY everything, bring their own eating utensils, and make the switch to sustainable resources. Some zero wasters also think you should go vegan, shop secondhand, stop driving, and never travel. With every kind of movement, there are going to be some dogmatic believers out there *sigh. * I could go on and on about how annoying those “all or nothing” people are and what a turn off it is, but I think we all know.
One thing is that plastic is the most obnoxious and somewhat unnecessary man-made resource out there. Have you ever had to open scissors with another pair of scissors? I have and even with the scissors it still took me 10 additional minutes to open the damned thing. Anyway, after much research on zero waste, I am going to attempt to live a plastic free lifestyle. Plastic free lines up right along with my refined minimalism (essentialism) and my mindful & simple living journey.
So, would I ever go completely zero waste? I’m not really sure. If I lived on my own I most likely would give it a try. It is an extreme lifestyle change and it honestly does seem like it could be rather stressful. However, it does help out to not let your waste sit in a landfill for years and years. Maybe one day…
Would you go zero waste or plastic free?