If you google How much garbage is produced each year in Canada?, this is what comes up...
A recent study states that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth,1 Canadians generate approximately 31 million tonnes of garbage a year (and only recycle about 30 per cent of that material). Thus, each Canadian generates approximately 2.7 kg of garbage each day.
That's crazy! And not what I expected when I googled it. I have been working on this zero waste thing for a little over a year now, and I will admit, it is hard! Living a zero waste lifestyle means sending as little to the landfill as possible and focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling. Although recycling has some major flaws...that's another blog post. Of all the lifestyle changes, this has been the hardest one, the one that has taken the longest and the one that I think I will have to work on for a lifetime. Our world is just not set up for it. Single use plastics are absolutely everywhere. They are so hard to avoid. It takes planning and dedication. But we don't really have a choice anymore. We are producing more garbage than our planet can handle. It's shameful. The area I live in has already banned plastic bags. It is happening, so we may as well get involved and put in some effort. Every person needs to take responsibility for what they are putting into the world.
At first I felt myself getting overwhelmed and stressed out. So I reevaluated and decided to take it one step at a time. I would find alternatives to things as I ran out and just learn to do things differently. It is a slow go, but I will say, once I make each individual switch, they are usually fairly easy to continue. One of the first switchs I made was no more to go coffee cups. These can not be recycled. They are lined with wax or plastic and the lid is a one time use plastic. Just not necessary. Some might even say gluttonous. Now I keep my travel mug with me, in my backpack or in my car. If I don't have it, I don't get a coffee. I'm obsessed with coffee, but I survive. And it has saved me a few bucks here and there when I have forgotten it.
We are so used to immediacy. Stopping anywhere to get what we want or need. But just as we go out of our way to care for our loved ones, our homes, our stuff....we need to go out of our way to take care of our planet. This blog will focus on small switches. Switches that are doable. Doable on a budget, with a family and a busy schedule. But over time they will add up. Thanks for following along!