Going Waste-Free Takes Time
Call me overzealous (my motto in high school regarding my extracurriculars was "go big or go home"), but what I quickly learned is that living a waste-free lifestyle takes time and is not something that happens overnight, so don't be hard on yourself if you're not the perfect example of waste-free living in just a week. It is OK to take it slow: make a list of each area in your home — kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, pet food station, and so on — and jot down notes on how each space could be more waste-free. Maybe you'll need to swap out your bathroom hand soap pump for a glass one, switch kitchen paper towels for cotton cloths, start using toxic-free and sustainable laundry detergent (The Simply Co. is great for this), reuse jars, and substitute plastic wrap with reusable beeswax food paper. Whatever it is, these changes can be implemented little by little over time, making the whole idea of waste-free living a bit less intimidating.