Mindful March // A Thought on Zero-Waste

Hi All,

Just prior to starting Minimalist March, the concept of Zero-Waste had been circling the office I work in. Even before the month starting, I realised that I also wanted this to be a Mindful March. I’m pretty confident in saying that it would be very difficult for me to live a zero-waste lifestyle at this point in time. However, this doesn’t mean that I can ignore how much waste I am creating.

I wanted to address this predominately because Minimalism and Zero-Waste seem to be arch-enemies. It does make sense, we are seeing documentaries, blogs, etc. of these people ‘disposing’ of items that don’t ‘spark joy’ (just another huge secret, I haven’t read the book…). For this reason, I tried to be more mindful over the course of the month. So what does this mindfulness look like over the course of Minimalist March?

  • All items of reasonable quality – go to the op shop, make a stock-pile for a garage sale or are gifted to others.
  • All items that are ‘decluttered’ are thought about. Why did I purchase it? Is it a problem area?
  • A focus on Digital Clutter, clutter isn’t always physical.
  • All groceries are bought with better intentions. I have told myself not to buy food that I am continuously throwing out. This will be assisted by the use of shopping lists (not something I usually do).
  • I have challenged myself to go to the Farmer’s Market at least once this month.
  • Cooking more with a ‘use what’s left in the cupboard/fridge’ mentality.
  • Composting my scraps.
  • Using items more frequently over the course of the month; I’m talking all those I bought thinking I would use (face masks, make-up products, etc.) I want to use these up before getting to the appropriate decluttering day.
  • Beauty Ban until further notice. For someone with no real skin care routine, I sure do own a lot of facial cleansers and unfortunately the same goes for makeup and hair products. For this reason, I will not be allowing myself to purchase any of these items until I have used the products I already own.
  • As always, trying to be more mindful of my spending habits. Thinking about why I purchase particular items and the benefit or value they are truly adding to my life.

I will be posting Week One’s progress of the declutter on Thursday. I hope this post can assist you in completing a more Mindful Minimalist March.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you think Minimalism and Zero-Waste can coincide? Is there a way to be zero-waste when starting a Minimalism journey?

Much Love,
Baby Sloth x

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5 thoughts on “Mindful March // A Thought on Zero-Waste

  1. jubee7

    I think zero waste and minimalism go pretty well together. Granted up until this point I have created a lot of waste. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think you could probably think of zero (or very low) waste as from this point forward. You will no longer be contributing to the massive amounts of trash in our landfills because you are no longer shopping for things you do not need. Yes to minimize you will have to trash some items. Give away as much as you can but you will create some waste. Your mindfulness in the future will hopefully make it so your waste is greatly reduced from now on. From your ideas for Mindful Minimalist March, it seems like you are on the right track.

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    1. slothrenovations Post author

      I’m of the same opinion! That admittedly, there is a tipping point in minimalism, that due to an increase in awareness, people become zero to low waste. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts on that matter!

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  2. Grounding Growth

    Very interesting, it isnt something I have ever really thought about. For me the first step would probably be to actually deep dive into what both sides entail however with my limited knowledge I think the two can absolutely coincide to a point. It’s all about balance….

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