Going and/or staying zero waste can be a struggle. Some days it can feel like you’re the only one making any effort to reduce your consumption. Like it’s not even worth the struggle.
I’m here to gently remind you that everyone feels this way when they’re working on something they’re passionate about. And those feelings of frustration or hopelessness are totally valid. What you can’t do, though, is wallow in them to the point you give up.
Here are a few things that have helped me feel un-stuck in my zero waste journey when I was in a rut.
Meet up with like-minded folks
It can be so easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you’re going zero waste in a vacuum, ie. with no support or anyone like you. Totally not true! There’s a vibrant, amazing community of zero wasters around the world and there’s definitely someone near you at least interested in the idea!
Reach out to those people on local Facebook groups (vegan/activist groups are a great place to start if there isn’t a dedicated zero waste group) and set up a coffee date. Talk to people in local, environmentally-focused organizations.
Once you’ve found a like-minded friend or two, it’s amazing to see how quickly you find a renewed sense of excitement about going or staying zero waste!
If you want to take it to the next level, check out my post on how to host a zero waste meetup in your city.
Find new inspiration in books or social media
Books: I recommend Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too by Beth Terry and The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst. Even if some of the information is a bit basic for those of you further on your journey, it’s heartening to A) be reminded there are others on this journey and B) get a few new tips and tricks to try out.
Social media: Instagram is by far my favorite social media channel, and I’m on there daily to post as well as gain inspiration for both this blog and my daily life. Find some great inspiration for your zero waste motivation by searching hashtags like #goingzerowaste, #zerowastelife, and #zerowastehome.
How do you get out of a zero waste rut? Do you have any tips or practices not mentioned here – please let us know in the comments?