It’s been 13 days since I started the #zerowaste challenge.

And as much as I want to sit here and say that it’s been easy, and “I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner”, it wouldn’t be the full truth.

I haven’t had 100% zero waste days, more like 80% zero waste days. I’ve been collecting my compost, and eating fresh produce, and taking my glass to-go containers and bamboo cutlery to places, and shopping with reusable bags.

photo by Cheyenne Arnold

But I’ve fallen short a few times reaching for a paper towel in the kitchen, or cooking with ingredients that I had previously that came in packaging, or reaching for samples on plastic spoons. It hasn’t been super easy because sometimes when I’m not thinking “zero waste zero waste zero waste” I do things mindlessly. I can’t say that is something I can shake completely, but I am trying to be more mindful.

I’m trying to be patient with myself because transitions are tough -especially lifestyle transitions. 

That being said, I’m not convinced that while still living “on the grid” I can be a completely zero waste lady. I’m just one person, trying to minimize my impact on the environment and whilst being a conscious consumer. I’m trying my absolute best.

Which brings me to why I was so afraid to start this challenge to begin with. Failure. Something so trivial and necessary in our lives, yet avoidance has been my approach to handling it. As of the last 3 months, I’ve been welcoming failure in as part of my process.

Life is trial and error. Without trial, there is no error. Without error, there is no growth.

Some of you have raised questions and concerns of whether or not this whole challenge is possible. I’ve gotten some questions regarding what I did to prepare for this challenge, and what I had to collect in order to start. My tactic was to make small changes here and there gradually.

It started with bringing my own water bottle everywhere I went. Then it came to buying a bamboo cutlery set and taking that with me everywhere in place of plastic forks and spoons. As time went on, these little things accumulated. My advice is:

Start small, and work your way up.

IKEA reusable glassware

To help ease that process, I’m creating a products page on my blog to help you purchase and invest the products to lessen your impact. I’m still learning how to create that page, but I promise it’s coming!

That’s the scoop.


West Coast Katie


#zerowaste #lifestyle #california #orangecounty #trashisfortossers #zeroimpact #westcoast #westcoastkatie #sustainability #gogreen



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