If we talk about reducing our waste, we need to tackle how to grow into a refuser.
Isn’t it the hardest thing to do?
It seems like it but I hope to convince you that it is actually easier than you think.
Refusers are just like you and me.
Refuse is THE most important R from the 5-R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot). Why? To prevent garbage and unnecessary items from coming into your home rather than just reduce accumulated waste and recycling. It is called PRECYCLE, a much more uplifting word than refuse. Isn’t it?
Growing into a PRECYCLER is capital.
It really needs courage to take action according to your values. I know! With this post, I will try to inspire you to refuse more and get better at saying NO in your own way. No need to become a militant or an angry friend that reminds others how bad they are for the planet. The best precyclers inspire others and start a domino effect without even knowing it.
OK but refuse what?
Good question! Are you disturbed by all the plastic waste? Learn how to refuse single-use plastic. Do you want to buy less? Learn how to refuse to buy new when possible and/or refuse to follow a trend. Are you sad at all the plastic trash when going to a party or an event? Refuse to continue a tradition that is no longer matching your values and get creative. Take action on what calls you the most.
Going on a less waste journey is really rewarding and a LOT LESS complicated than most people expect it to be. What do you think you can buy in bulk with your own containers? Chips? No. Cheese? Yes! Meat? Yes! Vanilla? Yes! Essential Oils? Yes! Fish? Yes! Dip? Yes! Apple Cider Vinegar? Yes and all in Nelson. At the end of this post, you will find a list of what you can buy in bulk in town.
Hopefully, this list will keep on getting longer. I visited all the stores on the list. You will be surprised by the offer and the choices. Store’s owners are getting on it more and more. Are you ready?
Resisting the change?
Maybe you are inspired by friends and neighbors who produce less garbage? Maybe you want to make changes but for some reason, you keep pushing your start date? Maybe you feel some pressure on your shoulders or guilt about having to do something regarding climate change but, it blocks you instead of giving you the energy to do something. I understand and I’m sending you a virtual hug. No need for these negative feelings. I know it’s action time but the saying Slowly but surely does really apply here in order to create a real change. What about having fun with it? Explore. Be creative. We all have different needs, different strengths, different limitations. Just start with that. I believe in you!
A few years ago, I remember watching videos about ocean plastic pollution on social media. I was shocked. I was so sad and felt sorry for my daughter. While shopping at the grocery store, I couldn’t help looking around at all the packaging, the plastic, the single-use products. It was a depressing time. I also felt kind of disappointed about my lifestyle; being aware of the problem but not changing much of my buying habits.
Well, guilt doesn’t help much, does it?
Somehow, something has to shake our conditioned habits. These videos finally did that for me. I know, businesses and industry must change as well. Yes, absolutely! But it should not be stopping you from taking action right now. We are all in this together, cliche maybe, but so true. We need to be inspired and empowered to change. With this post, my wish is to inspire you to recycle better but don’t get me wrong, recycling is NOT the first thing to do! I truly want to inspire you to change your habits too. It is so much BETTER than recycling and with some good tips, it can be easier.
The best garbage item is the one that doesn’t exist.
In the world, less than 20% of packaging gets recycled. In the near future, Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be transitioning their recycling depots to a program that will collect more materials including many more types of plastic wrap. That’s good news because it means less garbage, but always keep in mind that the BEST PRACTICE is to REDUCE the amount of plastic coming into your home to begin with. Continue reading “Let’s Figure Out How to Recycle Plastic in Nelson”