Hi, I’m Julia from UntouchablySimple. I’m a university student in Winnipeg, Canada. I sort of fell into zero waste living (see my recent post Evolution of a Simple Life to learn more) but really the tipping point was Bea Johnson‘s book Zero Waste Home. A little google-fu and I was in. If Lauren Singer could do it, so could I.
I’m still stumbling around, trying to figure out the best ways and places to shop. I’m happy with the progress I’m making, but I’m a long way from perfect. I still eat packaged food if someone else buys it, and I’m not as open about my zero waste aspirations as I’d like to be.
Going Zero Waste has been a lesson in baby steps. I’ve eliminated the majority of waste in my life, but food trash is still around, as are those pesky receipts (the bane of any zero waste lifestyle, in my opinion). True zero waste living means stepping outside of what is considered normal, and it can make for some awkward moments. It can also make for the most meaningful interactions with shop workers and friends.
From the early days of my zero waste transition, when I bought reusable produce bags, made bulk bags, and acquired jars upon jars for food storage, to now, I’ve discovered so many fantastic things about living with less garbage. I’ve made my own products like deodorant and toothpaste, and started cooking more from scratch. I’ve discovered fantastic locally-owned stores, and continued my journey in minimalism. I’ve started donating monthly to the David Suzuki Foundation, my favorite Canadian environmental charity, and become a vegetarian. I began blogging at untouchablysimple.com and I’ve become part of the Zero Waste Bloggers Network.
Most importantly, I’ve made more time for my family and friends, and am all the happier for it. Take the time to learn my fabulous fellow bloggers here at the Zero Waste Bloggers Network, and consider transitioning to zero waste yourself.
It’s so worth it, for yourself and for the planet.