March started with my 2020 micro Slow theme of Zero Waste-ish. I actually declared a zero waste-ish month without giving Mr. BMM a heads up. Why? It’s my goal. Not his goal. He has no plans on converting to a composting toilet or using moss as toilet paper.
Besides, I’m the one who does the shopping and meal prepping. In reality, I have the most control about our waste. My goals were not over-ambitious but micro.
I am challenging myself to do the following this month:
- Do not use plastic wrap.
- Do not accept or use plastic utensils
- Repair my favorite bag, do not replace it
- Attempt to reduce food packaging waste
- Go for at least one hike in March to pick up garbage along the trail
- Find a recipe for Chapstick (re-use those current little plastic tubes)
- Ditch plastic shower loofahs for a real loofah or a bamboo bath brush (suggestions anyone?)
How is my challenge going?
- I placed the plastic wrap at the bottom of the drawer. If I have to dig it out, it should trigger my micro zero waste-ish theme. As of today, I have been able to avoid using plastic wrap.
- I took an extra spoon to the office so I can use a real spoon over a plastic spoon.
- Repaired for $5 and it looks practically brand new.
- Working on choices that are sold either in bulk, less packaging, or glass/aluminum for re-cycling.
- Have not done it yet but will certainly do a cleanup hike before the end of the month.
- Still looking but I found a recipe to make homemade poo spray. In a 4-ounce glass bottle add 1 tsp dish soap, 1 tsp rubbing alcohol, 30 total drops of essential oil(s), and fill the rest with water.
- I found an amazing loofah that is grown here in the United States. Enter the Luffa Gardens Sun Sponge. OMG! This loofah is amazing! I use it as a dry brush but in the shower with some soap.
The book for this month is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I’m still in the first quarter of the book, but I am already questioning everything I purchase and keep. I feel like Walden is a mix of Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy, Gretchen Rubin’s Outer Order, Inner Calm, Courtney Carver’s Soulful Simplicity and Project 333, and Brooke McAlary’s Slow just to name a few. I wonder if Walden motivated my favorite authors or if they took inspiration from Walden.