Meera is a super fun, inspiring, and down-to-earth teacher & mom who’s trying to reduce her waste as much as possible. She is documenting her journey in an Instagram blog here: https://www.instagram.com/thegreenmum/
We spent the day with Meera so she could show us all of the changes she’s made so far. While she’s not completely zero waste, she’s dedicated to keeping her waste as low as possible over the long term.
To start, she carries a zero waste kit with her every day, that includes a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, stainless steel straw and cutlery, cloth napkin, cloth bag, and produce bag. This helps her reduce an enormous amount of single-use plastics and food containers.
When shopping for groceries, she goes to three stores: Bulk Barn for bulk goods, regular grocery stores or farmer’s markets for produce, and Whole Foods or a bakery for bread.
Meera’s family has switched to using cloth instead of paper towels, reusable wipes, and cloth diapers. The last being one of the most effective ways she’s been able to reduce her waste as a mom.
Another thing she’s done that we appreciate is doing research to find out exactly what is recyclable and compostable in her area so that any waste the family creates is properly disposed of.
The initiatives, inspiration, and information that Meera mentions in the video are linked below:
The Terra Cycle box that helps recycle typically non-recyclable waste:
The Plastic Oceans movie (super informative and inspiring):
Bulk Barn reusable container program:
“In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to
contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025,
and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).”
World Economic Forum report: The New Plastics Economy (page 7)
We hope you find this video inspiring enough to make some waste-reduction changes in your lifestyle, too!
Thanks for watching!
Mat & Danielle
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