Day 3 – Zero Waste Living – Weekly shopping

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To shop without access packaging is not easy in regular stores.

I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.

The first step for us will be starting with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA. We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 3

Yesterday I did our weekly shopping, we shop online and pick up the groceries on our way home from work. Yesterday we shopped at Willys as we usually do. This will not work

It’s hard to find options without plastic and with less waste

anymore. I have to find some other place to shop. My plan was to avoid plastic wrapping when possible, there was very few goods where I actually had that choice. Olive oil and cider were two goods where I could choose glass bottles instead of plastic. I also wanted to buy large quantity when possible to avoid a multitude of containers, this was not possible either in most cases. I also realized that the information about the containers was not available online. There was no information about how the containers should be recycled or what they were made of. There is no way to avoid an overload of waste when shopping this way. This is really sad since it would be so easy for the store to be more interested in these things and make an effort to help their customers reduce waste, and reduce waste themselves.  I understand the value of good packaging to keep the food fresh and prolong the life of the foods. We will need sensible containers. But we need to think about how this can be done sustainably without this access of material used today and especially materials that are not decomposable like plastic.

I realize more than ever that I need help from other people who are trying to do the same thing. I found some Facebook groups yesterday that I’ve joined to find more information.

Global groups
  • Zero Waste Home – started by Bea Johnson
  • Begin the Journey 2 Zero-Waste

Swedish groups

  • Zero Waste Sweden
  • Zero Waste Sverige
  • Zero waste Sverige

Local Stockholm groups

  • Zero Waste Stockholm

This is a good start to get more information. I’ll try out these communities and see if there is any activity. The Zero Waste Home community had many useful tips. But I think the local connections will be most important for us right now. We need to find out where to shop our essentials.

Today we will move on to the second R, Reduce in my family. Right now I don’t know where to start! There is a risk that if we take a too broad approach we will never follow through! I’ll try to create a realistic plan with my family tonight and let you know tomorrow.

The 5 steps of zero waste living according to Bea Johnson.

  1. Refuse, is about refusing to take giveaways, flyers, freebies like pens, etc. into your hands and home. But also to products, we don’t need like single-use plastic cups, bottles, bags, etc.
  2. Reduce, is about decluttering and identify the items you really need.
  3. Reuse, swap everything that is for single use to a thing that can be reused. Also to buy secondhand the things you use.
  4. Recycle less with waste prevention. Avoid anything plastic. Glass, metal, wood, and paper can be used instead.
  5. Rot, use your own compost to create new soil for your garden.

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I looking forward to seeing your comment on this blog!

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

/Caroline

If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

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