I have a mixture of up-cycled, thrifted, and purchased reusables to navigate around disposables. I use them everyday when I’m on-the-go, I teach with them as part of my eco-outreach work, and from time to time will pass some on to those who might need them.
Remember, you can just as well use an old glass sauce jar for drinks or for storing your leftovers, an old t-shirt cut into squares can be used as a napkin or tissues, or utensils from your kitchen drawer to take with you during the day. There really isn’t a mandatory checklist or must-do for zero waste.
Whatever reusables you choose to use, in the end, it’s not about the gadgets, getting rid of all your plastic, shopping at a bulk store, or DIY-ing everything. The point of this zero waste conversation is more than about the trash you make or don’t make or the kind of reusables you have. It’s really a multifaceted conversation about reshaping our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others, how we design, make, and use things, and dismantling systems that have made most of this inaccessible to many people and communities.
Andrea Sanders | @BeZeroWasteGirl