How Do We Live a Low-Waste Lifestyle?
Updated: Feb 11, 2020
Modern living is all about convenience.
However, maximum convenience is not always a sustainable way to live, at least in this fast-paced and demanding world.
And in a rapidly warming planet with limited and fast-diminishing resources, choosing to have a low-waste lifestyle can really make a difference on our Mother Earth.
So, how do we have a low-waste output?
We can start by ditching the plastic.
The food industry is mostly criticized by their excessive use of plastic: chip bags, straws, coffee cups and more. However, the beauty and cosmetic industry plastic waste also stands unnoticed.
Lotions, deodorant, soaps, makeup, shampoos— they all come draped in plastic.
Fortunately, in a world where every shop and stores are dominated by plastic products or plastic packaging, there are this so-called plastic-free or no plastic shop and stores promising to keep your carbon footprint at a minimum.
If you’re looking to reduce your waste in your cosmetics, there is a no plastic shop you need to try— Sagal Jama.
Sagal Jama is a devoted vegan and a true ambassador for anything that is plant-based and cruelty-free. She believed in the power of natural ingredients.
As proof, all her ingredients come in the form of powder, rocks, oil, and clay, preserved in their natural state in order to provide optimum nutrients. Even the tools and accessories are all sustainable like her Coconut Mixing Bowl from real coconut shell.
She even uses carbon neutral sustainable packaging in the form of glass and compostable papers. What’s more, her no plastic shop also encourages her customers to return the packaging to be recycled and reduce waste.
Plastics are made from non-renewable sources like coal, gas and crude oil. Taking into account the energy it needs to create the plastic and transport it from the factory to where it is distributed, it can travel a great deal of distance before it is given to you at the supermarket.
That’s a lot of resources and energy going into an item that is usually discarded immediately after use.
Plastic is designed to last for hundreds of years. And yet, over half of it is intended for single-use— used once and then thrown away. The problem is, there is no 'away' with plastics.
When plastic goes to the landfill, it will break apart painstakingly slow. It usually takes over hundreds of years, leaching toxic chemicals into the soil and polluting the groundwater reservoirs.