Happy New Year! You know what that means…resolution time! Hopefully we’re all thinking of making achievable, positive changes to our lives that won’t be immediately abandoned or forgotten. The resolution theme this year seems to be “clean living.” Eating whole foods, exercising, and being eco-conscious are the “it” resolutions for 2017 according to targeted ads and friends’ social media posts. We have a slightly different (but still related!) proposition.
For 2017 (and beyond) we encourage you to try a zero-waste lifestyle. Why not resolve to help yourself and others at the same time?
It shouldn’t be one huge lifestyle upheaval. We don’t expect you to make your own biofuel, completely avoid buying processed foods, or immediately stop producing trash, though that would all be super impressive. In fact, the resolutions with the best follow-through are the ones that allow a gradual transition. Maybe you’ll start by storing your leftovers in reusable containers instead of one-and-done Styrofoam or plastic. Or you’ll buy non-prepackaged foods to avoid wrapping waste. Then you can slowly form the habit of becoming more waste-conscious, and before you know it— it’s second nature. Maybe you’ll even have your own compost bin by the end of the year!
Another easy and fun way to work towards this resolution is by shopping locally. Supporting the local community is a significant step toward a sustainable lifestyle. With the growing trend in cities of urban agriculture, locally grown produce and animal products are readily available. Urban agriculture includes organizations like urban farms and community gardens which provide these goods to the community. They also provide greenspace, support the local economy, and cut down on the cost of transporting similar goods into the city.
These actions all help start the cycle we have mentioned previously. You buy locally sourced goods from the farmers market, recycle your food scraps (either through the city or yourself,) places like Organics “By Gosh” make this wasted food into new products like compost, local farms and gardens buy this compost to use for their produce, and the cycle continues on! Now we can all see the benefits of the community working together toward a common zero-waste goal.
Will you accept the challenge?