Last year during Waste Less and Be Green in 2015 I introduced you to a different challenge every week and brought in some great Zero Waste and green business women to share their wisdom with you. Striving for a Zero Waste/ less wasteful life can get lonely in a world of pre-packaged foods, “fast clothes” that get thrown out after a few washes, and single-use items valued above reusable.
Today I want to do 2 things. #1- Share some community resources with you to connect with other like-minded people. #2- Ask you to comment below with encouragement for other readers.
Even though I regularly share my lifestyle on social media and have a lot of like minded people in my professional world, I don’t have as much support in my personal world. Sometimes it gets lonely and feels isolating to be the only mom sending your kid to school with unpackaged snacks in a reusable container. I’m often tempted to leave the refillable jars at home because I don’t want to deal with staff members who don’t get it. Or I need ideas for a Zero Waste alternative and need someone to talk to. The following is a Round-up of some of the resources I’ve discovered to connect with others who are pursuing this lifestyle:
“The Journey to Zero-Waste” group on Facebook. This group is amazing! Full of people from around the world. Some who are 100% Zero Waste and some who are interested in learning more.
Zerowastehome.com Bea Johnson really pioneered the popularity of the Zero Waste movement. You’ll find a nice forum here and loads of great tips.
Meetup.com Look for meetups in your area!
http://myplasticfreelife.com/ Another great blog to help you reduce plastic waste and chat with others on forums.
If you have a blog or website you’d like me to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or share it below. I would also love for those of you reading this post to comment and share a word of encouragement to those who might feel lonely about living green.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 5 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family is almost completely Zero Waste and strives to live with as little impact on the Earth as possible. They are currently downsizing and planning to move into a Tiny House in 2016.