I’m not sure exactly when it started, but this little voice in my head told me I could do better. That I could be a better human being, and have a smaller impact on our one and only planet.
It most likely started after I started traveling and realized how bad it actually was. I wasn’t living in a perfect bubble anymore. Living in places like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Thailand, where trash is everywhere, opened my eyes.
And then coming back home, and not being able to buy vegetables without them being wrapped in plastic. Realizing just how bad it was, even at home.
I decided I was going to change
Even if I’d love to be down to zero trash, I know it’s not going to happen just yet. But this shouldn’t stop me from making progress.
Over the last three years, I’ve made a lot of small changes in my life that have made a huge impact, even if I can’t really see it. With ‘Imperfect Journey to Zero’, I want to help others make small, compounding steps.
It starts with just one good habit. Once you decide to bring your own grocery bags to the store because you want to reduce plastic, it suddenly doesn’t feel like a big chore to bring your own produce bag at the same time. And one day, you’re buying dry goods in bulk instead of in plastic, and you realize how far you’ve come. This is not about being perfect, it’s about finding the right balance between living a fun life and taking care of the only planet we have. There are things I’m not ready to give up yet, and others that I don’t have a problem getting rid of. This will change over time, but it’s all about trying my best, and helping others on their journey. (And also knowing it’s totally fine to not be perfect!)