Be Zero Non-Profit Organization: Earth Week Day 4

Happy Earth Week! “Producing less trash does more than just help the environment. By moving from a disposable consumer lifestyle to a reusable consumer lifestyle, you’ll simplify your belongings, create healthier and more meaningful experiences, and become an informed and empowered consumer.” — Andrea Sanders, Founder & Director of Be Zero Earth Week Day 4 Be Zero Non-Profit Organization Today I want to shine light on the non-profit organization, Be Zero. Founded by Andrea Sanders, Be Zero is an excellent source for all things Zero Waste and Community involvement. The organization’s website shares a 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge, Make Less Trash Guide, and Zero Waste Blog. These are great resources for guiding you along your Zero Waste journey! Be Zero is where my Zero Waste journey began. Thanks to Andrea, I learned a great deal about recycling, community involvement, sustainable alternatives, and ways to lessen how much waste I generate. Andrea is an incredibly knowledgeable and genuine person who […]

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Solo Female Travel: Why I Did What I Did

I quit my full-time job to solo female travel with a one-way ticket to Europe. The best thing you can do for yourself is try whatever it is you desire, no matter how afraid you are. In my opinion, it is more terrifying to sit back and wonder and let opportunities pass by with time, than it is to actually take the leap and know. Even if it fails, at least you know.   Solo Female Travel: The Idea Wanting to quit my job and travel solo was not a means of running away from my problems or escaping reality. We will always have problems no matter where we are or what we do. I do not have a bad life, therefore, I really did not have anything to run away from. I just began to see some aspects of my life follow down a monotonous, unfulfilling road that was not what I had […]

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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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