This is our #zerowaste #groceryhaul
for this week 😊! Today, I wanted to talk about access to bulk and the mindset I am coming from.
“ZERO” WASTE? 🚯
Personally, I don’t like the name “zero” waste 😅. I feel it fuels unrealistic expectations and frustration. What’s more, instead of seeing the potential, people tend to try to find the flaw.
The same goes for the ambitious folks who strive for a #zerowastelifestyle
💚. With “zero” in mind, we tend to be deficit-oriented, seeing what’s not “zero” yet, instead of acknowledging how far we have come in our journey.
I feel #minimalwaste
would be a much better name. Because to me, it is about MINIMIZING the waste within what is possible in my very personal situation. It is about choosing the BEST (or sometimes only the BETTER) option as often as I can. Not about being perfect and the absolut amount you end up with!
ACCESS TO BULK
We don’t live in an ideal world 🌍, far from it in fact 😓. We are very VERY lucky in Vancouver! What I want to do is to encourage you to EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS, because very often (not always though) there are more than what meets the eye. When we started out in Germany, in the city that the media referred to as “the Detroit of Germany," we actually dismissed the idea of ZW, because we were sure we didn’t have access to bulk.
In fact, we did only have quite the limited access, but we had more access than what we assumed. By letting our voice be heard, we were able to expand our options. One store decided to set up a bulk section! We also saved money by ordering huge bulk bags (e.g. a 55 pound paper bag of baking soda) and sharing the content with other people we found on Facebook.
Don’t get me wrong, I know there ARE limits. Sometimes you will be able to push them 💪, sometimes you won’t. Sometimes you just don’t have the extra energy to do so, and that’s fine too! However, if or when you do, talk to local business owners/farmers and tell them about options. Start a petition, call your local politicians, found a coop. One single individual CAN have an impact ✨! Be the change and make your community a better place 💚!