Zero Waste and Plastic Free Living

Lifestyle, Minimalism, Plastic Free, Zero Waste

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?


What is Zero Waste?

Plastic Free Living



3 thoughts on “Zero Waste and Plastic Free Living

  1. When I heard about the girl with the waste in the mason jar I felt so guilty! But I think it is just the little manageable changes that are so important- like educating ourselves on what is recyclable, being open to new ideas, and just doing what we can. Like you said it’s time consuming! But something as simple as using the reusable cup at Starbucks goes such a long way! Thanks for sharing- now I must make sure to get one next time I’m there !

    1. Yes! Exactly! Small changes definitely do go a long way. If we went ALL in right away, we all would probably drive ourselves insane. And do get one, you save 10 cents using it, which could definitely add up. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Love your thoughts! Zero Waste (to me) is all about the journey of finding better alternatives. In the end, you get to decide exactly what that looks like for you and how it fits your lifestyle. What’s important is that you have become conscious of it, and you can take it one step at a time. There are always more things to learn, especially in more ethical alternatives to pesky plastic packaging!

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