Hi, I'm Jenica! And I am working towards a zero-waste lifestyle!
It all started in January of 2015 when I got a crazy idea to try to keep all of my trash for a month in only a pint jar. I called it the #ONEJARCHALLENGE. I failed miserably at it. With the average U.S. citizen making 4.4 pounds of trash a day, it was crazy to think that I could suddenly make almost no trash just by willing myself to. But ever since then, I have collected my trash each month and published it to take responsibility for my impact on the planet.
Our trash is only one piece of the puzzle (so don't get confused that the trash I publish is my only responsibility towards the planet!) but taking a look at our waste can lead us to analyzing the products we consume, the ingredients we eat, whether we are buying local, the transportation cost, the environmental cost, and more.
Now I am a zero waster. Which basically means I focus on reducing my impact on the planet as much as I can given the resources around me, my budget, and the support systems I have in place. It doesn't mean that I make zero waste. Sometimes it's not even close! The point though is to do what I can to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost my way towards a better planet.
Hopefully through my blog, you can find ways in which to reduce your waste too! Remember, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Start by doing a waste audit or a #onejarchallenge like I did and expect to make waste. Then take it one step at a time slowly targeting a disposable item and replacing it with a reusable one. What your trash can (or jar) ends up holding may be completely different from mine in the end. That's okay! Because everyone can't do everything, but everyone can do something.
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