Changing Kitchen Habits One Trash Bag at a Time
A few weeks ago we ran out of large kitchen trash bags. Ya know the ones – white, shiny plastic that you can never find the top to open and you spend too many precious minutes of your life turning over again until one of you admits defeat. Yeah, we ran out of those ones and I haven’t bought any since! I had high ambitions of bringing (dragging) my partner and sister into the zero waste fold with me and while I may have had the best of intentions, I’m realizing that introducing manageable, low impact changes in the kitchen over time is much more effective than abrupt swaps that force you to quickly change your behavior. I don’t want these people to start making trash just because they resent me *nervous sweats emoji*. So while it may have been my dream to kick the kitchen trash can altogether and never buy plastic trash bags again we’ve come to a balanced compromise for the moment.
This is where the term “low impact” over “zero waste” becomes important. Zero waste is an awesome goal to work towards but often times can feel inaccessible because there is no room for error. This may discourage folx as they transition into a waste-conscious lifestyle. Our conversation with Celia Ristow of Litterless was a great example of accessible lifestyle transitions. Especially living with other people who may not be totally sold on giving up their secret stash of flaming hot cheetos (yeah I found ‘em!), suggesting gradual “low impact” changes encourages better participation. So where to begin?