Hello! I’m Regan, 25 and living across the river from our Nation’s capital. I have a cat with no eyes named Potato, a dog with no fur on his tooshie and no teeth named Monty Python and an old bunny named Bunny (he has all his parts). Potato, Monty and I all try to follow Bunny’s lead when it comes to sustainability.
Bunny helps me maintain a small herb garden in my backyard. After he’s done munching on plants in the backyard, he’ll go use his litter box which I eventually toss in the compost and use as soil in the garden later in the year. Such an inspiration.
As soon as I discovered composting, I was sold on the zero waste lifestyle. I started to look into more ways that I could reduce my carbon footprint and eliminate my plastic waste. The first thing I discovered was that I wasn’t alone. The zero waste movement has taken off in Europe and on our west coast. Hint: DC is on the east coast. The closest community I could find that was focused on zero waste was in Brooklyn, NY. Which is why I decided to start a blog. For those of you who I don’t know, this is very out of character for me. Without any physical community to draw support and ideas from, I decided to join the online community. So, how did I get here?
Well, I woke up one day and couldn’t remember if I had eaten a legitimate meal the day before. This wasn’t the first time I had asked myself this question. And as I started to recognize a pattern, I realized that if I wasn’t going to an event or out to eat or to my parents house, there was a good chance I would survive on frozen meats and tomato sauce as my vegetable source. I wasn’t even aware of how embedded these actions became in my everyday life. I had no idea what I was eating and when I was eating it. It was one of those odd times when you become completely aware of how out of control your own life has become, and all because of a daily task that you partook in mindlessly.
Look. I’m a snacker. Some people may call me “the Snack Queen”, I dunno I’m humble or whatever but I do seriously snack. Do you know how they market snack foods to consumers? As “easy” or “on the go” options wrapped in layers of superfluous plastic packaging (hope you brought your to-go trashcan and recycling pouch you always keep on you!). If you’re a snacker like me, this will be your biggest hurtle to overcome. Snacks are not the enemy, plastic is. Which brings me to my blog’s purpose….
Zero waste can work within your current lifestyle and I want to help show you the little behavioral changes you can make that will have an enormous impact on our environment as well as your personal mindfulness. My number one goal for this blog is to be transparent with the difficulties associated with reducing my personal waste. I want to show you all just how often I practice forgiving myself. In the end, I want to ensure that everyone who reads my blog is choosing to speak about zero waste in an inclusive manner by shirking any and all judgments.
Thank you for being here
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