I have seen a lot of other people comment on blogs about Zero waste mainly Lauren Singer’s blog trash is for tossers. She has a great list of Items to replace so you don’t have plastic in your house, or to reduce waste. A few of the comments are saying the same thing, why do I need to replace that for that if it works just fine? Well a lot of people don’t really get what the list is about, It just giving you options for when you need to buy new stuff, not saying ‘hey go out right now and buy all new stuff!’. It’s giving you options for when things break or need replacing, options that are better for the environment. Like for example, a french press, one of the comments said: ‘Why should I buy a french press? I can just use reusable muslin filters, sound like you are trying to just sell a bunch of stuff.’ Well yes feel free to use muslin filters if that what works for you! no need to buy a whole new machine, It is just there to show you that there are ways of doing things without disposing of a bunch of useless plastic and other harmful things!
Another example is, plastic water bottles, a comment read Whats the harm in using a plastic water bottle if I use the same one over and over again? well there may or may not be any harm, eventually you either get tired of that one, lose it, or it breaks, then what? now there is plastic out there sitting in a landfill, Why not use that opportunity to buy a stainless steel one? Also you never know if any chemicals are seeping into your water while sitting in a plastic bottle, especially if it gets warm.
It’s all about replacement, and swapping. There is no need to go out and replace everything you own all at once, It’s about making better decisions when the time comes to replace things, Once your paper towel runs out, start using cloths, Once you run out of disposable razors spend a little extra and get a good quality permanent one, that you only need to change the blade, which can be recycled. Same goes for your tooth brush. for women, when your run out of tampons, pads, buy a diva cup or my favorite, the Ruby cup( they have an option to donate one to a girl in a third world country). Start bringing your own plate and cutlery to work, Once your Tupperware gets to dingy or unusable, buy mason jars, or a different alternative. Out of dryer sheets? make wool balls instead or buy them if you are not crafty.
Rant over for now haha!