Today was my last “Zero Waste” day in January. (Zero Waste is in quotes because I did generate trash today) . .
BUT ! I have grown SO MUCH in just one month. I have gathered new tricks, struggled so hard, shared some pointers, learned new hacks, and ultimately become so much more aware and made some pretty awesome strides to reduce my trash ! I can confidently say that I have reduced my trash by at least 30% just by getting my compost bin and making more conscious decisions. In fact, just yesterday a co-worker asked me about my compost bin. SHARING KNOWLEDGE IS KEY !
But – as indicated by my struggle to go Zero Waste today – I still have a long way to go.
So, what did my day look like?
Breakfast: One banana, 2 hard boiled eggs, and a bottle of coconut water by COCOTEIN
Not gonna lie – this was WAY to sugary for my liking (even though it only had 5g of sugar). . . but, the bright side is that I now have a reusable water bottle that fits snugly into the side pocket of my work backpack !
Lunch: Last night I threw together some lunch-esque items for work. I made some rice with sauteed peppers and squash with a dash of paprika because fancy. Also, I utilized my work silverware to avoid any plastic cutlery.
Coffee: You guessed it – reusable mug that I took to our company’s coffee shop. . . and the barista knows me by name now !!!!
Snack: A yellow apple (with a sticker. . . DANG IT) and a surprise milkshake from Shake Shack. Normally I am not big on fast food because it’s unhealthy and almost always comes wrapped in packaging, BUT my coworker asked me if I wanted to go get a milkshake. . . and I love milkshakes. . . and I want to make friends #imstillnewhere
After work I headed straight to Yoga !!! I assisted the 6:45 class and took the class right after, so I will be having a very late dinner tonight. But – I just got home and, so it’s time to cook !
Dinner: Potato Gnocchi (egg, flour, potatoes) sauteed in rosemary and olive oil
Making gnocchi is a simple way to have Zero Waste Italian !
So, again, today was not as successful as it could have been. . . BUT I have faith in my ability to create new, better, zero waste habits and am looking forward to the days to come !
Day 5 Take-Aways:
- Glass bottles are better (and more reusable / durable) than flimsy plastic ones – so if you are going to #treatyoself to a fancy drink, look for ones that come in glass bottles
- Cooking at home reduces your waste because you are more in control of choosing waste free items
- Composting at work is a great way to spark conversations with others about composting !
- Forgive yourself and know that in the early stages trash is unavoidable
As January closes, I have time to reflect on my goals for February:
- go at least 7* days Zero Waste (2/2, 2/3, 2/7, 2/9, 2/17, 2/24, 2./27)
- keep collecting all my work trash^ in my tiny mason jar (I started on 1/13)
- curate 5 recipes for Zero Waste lunches
If you have any recipes for Zero Waste lunches (or dinners) let me know ! Planning is the key, and it helps to have a few handy recipes to choose from.
*you may remember that I originally only planned to do 5 days Zero Waste in February, but I’m feeling feisty !
^”Work Trash” is defined as any trash I generate from the time I get to work until the time I leave. This includes any trash from lunches, breakfast, snacks, or work related activities.