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The biggest zero waste myth

The biggest zero waste myth is that it’s hard, expensive, and time-consuming. Yes, it might be one of the three (or maybe two at times), but not all of them.

Really, zero waste doesn’t have to be the difficult, unachievable goal so many imagine it to be. Because zero waste is an end goal – the in-between process is a much more flexible, fluid thing. Working towards your ways doesn’t have to be a chore.

I know that a lot of people can’t afford zero waste options, don’t have time, or don’t even have access to the resources that would let them go fully zero waste. That’s OK. Taking steps towards reducing your waste is a huge first step.

This blog is here to break down a zero waste journey into 100% manageable steps.

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A more realistic, less Pinterest-worthy form of zero waste

Green Indy Blog is all about going zero waste without the worries of absolute perfection.

There’s no perfectly white kitchen here. There’s no ultra-minimal, beautifully decorated house. It’s just me, a regular person on a very regular budget, trying to show how everyone has the opportunity to at least start going zero waste.

Don’t buy in to the hype that you need brand new stainless steel containers or a full set of pristine Mason jars to start your journey. Use and abuse what you already have (yes, zero wasters use plastic!) and then thoughtfully consider other options when the time comes.

Landfills ain’t pretty and keeping stuff out of then doesn’t have to be either.

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Getting started: challenges

20 actionable steps for the zero waste curious:  I’ve created a list of 20 simple, actionable steps to getting anyone started with zero waste. Either give them a try yourself if you’re feeling overwhelmed like I was or pass this post on to someone you know who is curious about zero waste but hesitant to get started.

Zero waste challenges to try this weekend: No-pressure, low-stakes zero waste challenges that won’t take too much time and – more importantly – won’t feel like an insurmountable sacrifice. You ready?

Getting started: being prepared

My zero waste bag essentials: the easiest way to create waste is to leave the house without a little bit of planning. Create a zero waste essentials kit to avoid fails!

How do I go zero waste with a partner who doesn’t care?: Be prepared, not everyone will be as on-board with the process as you are. Here are some tips for navigating that fact.

Zero waste shopping

Tips on getting near zero waste packages from Amazon: I live in a mid-sized city that still lacks a lot of zero waste options. I still order off Amazon – here are some hacks to keep packaging waste minimal.

What do you bring to go zero waste grocery shopping?: the items I always toss in my car before going on a grocery trip.

Zero waste your space

Declutter your home, zero-waste style: the urge to minimize when going zero waste is strong, but how do you declutter without sending items to the landfill?

5 habits to help go zero waste at work: work is another area with the potential to create a lot of waste. Use these tips to reduce your impact in the office.