In case we haven't met, my name is The Smart Girl in Pants. I'm often the one everyone asks to find things, open things or create food in The Smart Pants home.
Here, we practice Zero Waste, or saving the Earth and being super hero ninjas. Whichever you prefer.
Why did we take such such an extreme effort to go eco friendly? Well, it's pretty apparent that the world wasn't going to correct it's self and the pollution issue was not getting any better. Very few are making no efforts to help curb the linear economy into a more circular economy or even a reuse economy. Linear being new products being created and leading down to non-reusable trash. The circular involves using and reusing materials continuously. The reuse economy having a bit of both. I find this very discouraging. If one chooses not to believe in global warming because they can't see it (a subject for another day), but to look at the dumps all over the global and deny it's an issue is inexcusable. To see rising electric costs when solar energy is available. Driving cars with a non-renewable resource. To KNOW that the things you use will OUTLIVE YOUR CHILDREN and still abuse the luxury of having those items! The goal is obvious and it's not in favor of the economy or any life on the planet.
Being Zero Waste is an inspiration. There is no such thing as creating no wasted resources. Something will be wasted; water, electric to produce it, etc. Even buying in bulk creates waste, just not on our end. We already know that.
Let me ask something...
Is it better to just keep being part of the problem? Or show the world how we can work towards being part of the solution? Some may argue that zero wasters aren't doing enough or not making a difference. Well, It's undeniable that zero wasters WILL create substantially less waste than the average person. When I chose my lunch from my garden and using my jar to take it out VS when I used to just get a burger and sytrofoam soda, throwing the remains in the trash. That's obvious that it will make a difference.
It's not really that extreme, either. Not like we live in a hut and drink stream water. Or wash our clothes in the blood of our enemies... but I bet that would scare off many people... nah, biohazard. We are normal people that are just making an effort to make a difference in the world. We eat healthy food, we still go out to eat on occasion. We wash our clothes, dishes and selves with products we know won't pollute our bodies or the water. We shop at big chain stores because it's convenient, we just do it a bit different. We don't stink, we just perfected what products we use so they work well for us. We don't judge people, the way society tells us too, We just do our own thing and don't mind anything else. If we can inspire people, wonderful.
Maybe no one will listen. Maybe no one will care. I know one thing, these Smart Kids care. They see what we do and understand why. They enjoy the efforts and extra time we take. They understand. They will make a difference, just as we do. We may be small but those of us that try to help the planet are awesome. In the end, ANY effort is better than none.
I could fill this blog with stats but the plain and simple truth is, we were sick of being part of the problem. We are trying to find the best way possible to make as little of an impact as we can. We aren't perfect but we try our hardest. We all mess up. The goal isn't to be perfect. The goal is to do our absolute best.
When I saw agencies being ignored that actively protect our environment, I knew it was time to do something on my own. So, The Smart Guy and I did just that. And we were horrified at what we found. Not only were we destroying the planet, the rainforest, palm oil horrors, our food, unfair labors used to create our products, animal testing and cruelty in some of our 'ecofriendly' products, ecosystems being destroyed for farm lands, plastics that will outlast out great grand children... it was a real wake up call. We started as all the other earth warriors, by seeing the damage for what it was. Very few are born into being perfect consumers.
Ya, we could have ignored it. It's easier to say it is impossible to avoid any of that, so why even try? It's easier to live with those wonderful luxuries and forget what the true cost of that luxury is for someone or something else. We just aren't that type of human. That's why I always loved The Smart Guy, his heart is just as big as my own. Once we knew, we had to try to help curb things.
We became zero wasters because the world needs more needs more people to just say 'no'. No to one-time-use plastic, say no to cosmetics that pollute our water, say no to contributing to our rainforests and already endangered animals are being erraticated, no to science being ignored, no to all the bad things. We need more people who work so hard to inspire a world where we all consume with more respect for all around us and the future generations.
We became zero Waste for everyone!
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants