waste plastic bottles and other types of plastic waste at the Thilafushi waste disposal site.

Bloggers get so much product. Really, it’s unbelievable. While I am grateful for the opportunity to experience new brands, I must admit that sometimes I get overwhelmed by the amount inventory that comes my way. Oftentimes, natural skincare and makeup products last 12 months or less, and sometimes even 6 months or less. If I can’t use a product in its entirety within that time frame I pass it along to family and friends, or host giveaways for products that contain ingredients I can’t use.

With all the turmoil that’s going in the world, I’ve started to shift my mindset even further towards gratefulness and mindfulness. As I have grown older and more mature, I’ve started wanting less. I’m pouring more into my faith, family, business ventures and personal growth, which has naturally left little time in my life to manage “stuff.” I’m already somewhat of a minimalist, but have quickly learned that minimalism is a lot different than a zero waste lifestyle.

 

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After perusing around YouTube, I stumbled across this. This is the video that started it all. I was intrigued, inspired but also convicted. I felt sick to my stomach after mentally replaying how much I waste on a daily basis. I was convicted that I have taken so much for granted in my life. I was an Art major in undergraduate school and as I watched this video, I questioned if I had lost all my creative vigor. I can’t tell you the last time I pulled out my art supplies. (I’ve since quickly started on a new project to make sure that I haven’t “lost it.”) I want to live my the rest of my life focusing on what really matters.

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I’ve included a short list below of some other thought provoking videos that have helped me thus far.

Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth (Full Length Documentary)

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Trailer (Netflix)

How to Transition to a ZERO Waste Lifestyle, The Girl Gone Green

The Trust Cost – Trailer (Netflix)

You Can Live Without Producing Trash (Thanks, Alison for sharing this one! 🙂 )

Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen

Channel One News: Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Clearly, there are levels to this lifestyle. However, I’m convinced that I can start with small changes and make more significant changes when I’m further along on this journey. I’ll be using my blog as just one of the many ways to keep myself accountable. I hope you’ll join me.

♡ Chelsea