Zero Waste Travel

Is it possible to Zero Waste travel? Well…yes and no. If you read this post, you will understand that Zero Waste does not literally mean zero waste. Currently, with the state of our economy (linear), it is impossible not to produce any amount of trash; waste happens, and always remember that it is okay. Transportation and the tourism industry are major contributors to pollution and climate change. Other than biking and walking, vehicle transportation methods generate large amounts of carbon emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels; air travel contributing the most to air pollution. The tourism industry generates an abundance of waste each year due to food, entertainment, accommodation, construction, etc. Fortunately, it is possible to lessen your trash output while wandering about. On the other hand, traveling and tourism will indeed generate waste. So, yes you can maintain your Zero Waste lifestyle and essentially “Zero Waste travel”, but to an extent. Moreover, you will most […]

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The Cost of Silence and Learned Helplessness

Today I am referencing the incredibly inspiring book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times. While there are many eye-opening, perspective broadening topics in this book, I want to focus on two topics that really hit home: The Cost of Silence & Learned Helplessness. Real Talk Maybe you have never had this problem, but I have certainly spent a significant amount of valuable time in my one life feeling voiceless and helpless to the world. With focus on my Zero Waste journey, I was once told, “Aww… Kathleen, you know you can’t change the world, right?” Hey, I never said I single-handedly could change the world, I simply believe that my efforts, along with other Zero Waste advocates will make a difference and lead to global change! If you have ever had someone undermine you, your passion, or your potential before, you will understand how bad it hurts to hear those words.  I felt embarrassed and helpless, therefore, fell silent…again. To […]

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ZW Misconceptions

Today I want to shine a light on 3 common Zero Waste misconceptions that I frequently experience. I think it is important to address these misconception in order for the Zero Waste movement to continue spreading across the globe. Those misconceptions are:   Zero means Zero. Wrong. It is impossible right now not to produce any amount of waste. Even the most experienced Zero Wasters still produce waste. Zero Waste is simply what we strive for. In the meantime, you may hear others using the phrase “less waste” as opposed to Zero Waste in order to avoid any confusion. The term Zero Waste was originally created to describe a circular, or Zero Waste economy in which products are carefully and intentionally designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed, and recovered in such a way that waste and landfill are not solutions to a products. In a properly functioning Zero Waste economy, zero would actually mean zero. Likewise, Zero does not mean zero because of the […]

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Communication Platform

Communication is Key to Successful Relationships! Do me a favor when you read my blog…speak up! This blog is intended to be an open communication platform for Zero Waste and related topics! I am here to share my journey of living a life with less trash and choosing more experiences over things. I am here to discuss various Zero Waste related topics; benefits of community involvement, a Zero Waste economy, the Zero Waste mentality, misconceptions and criticisms, tips and tricks,  DIY products, and plastic alternatives. I will also share any source of Zero Waste inspiration such as books, documentaries, talks, etc. Moreover, I want to hear from YOU! Share with me your experiences, thoughts, opinions, tips, whatever you feel is of Zero Waste value! What I Love Most About Zero Waste There are, three aspects regarding the Zero Waste lifestyle that I love the most and those are Value, Mindfulness, and Community. First, Zero Waste will lead you to a life of value […]

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