Day 4  – Zero Waste Living – Why reducing?

Why reducing the stuff in our lives?

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. We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 4

Today we take on Reducing. We had that family meeting I told you about in yesterday’s blogpost, about how to approach this. Many questions came up; what is the goal of reducing? What are we supposed to reduce? How could we begin reducing? We concluded that it is about reducing what we do need. Asking the question; what do we really need? That all of us need to reduce our waste generating behavior is obvious. The plastic in our oceans is just one very visible reason, and yes we are all responsible for this. There are people doing something about this, creating hope. Like 4ocean with two surfers starting up a large company today cleaning up the beaches in over 27 countries or the large Ocean Clean Up project trying to tackle the vast plastic islands created in our oceans.

But to make this worthwhile we need to stop putting plastic out there. So back to my family and our reducing discussions. The efficient minimalist in me see the advantage of going down to basic with stuff in our house. But I must admit that looking at Bea Johnson’s minimalistic home she showed in her TED talk did not look that homely to me. But I like the idea of an uncluttered home and lifestyle. To reduce the need for picking up and putting back things. Things that create stress in so many ways; put them away, taking care of them, knowing that we should use them since we have them, etc.

Reducing for us is a daunting task since we have a large house, a large garage and a lot of storage space. Our kitchen is packed with utensils and nice to have kitchen appliances. What do we really need to live a more purposeful life? I think that it is easier to buy more stuff when you already have too many. When you don’t have an overview of your possessions. Here we come into the domain of another favorite of mine Marie Kondo. Maybe some of her KonMari principles would be useful when we move into the Reduce phase.

Our first step will be to really test what things we do need. Today we will start with our bathroom. I’ve removed all stuff we had there and we will only put back things as we use them. You’ll see the result in a few days.






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

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.


#konmari #zerowaste #cateswedish #4ocean #oceancleanup



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