What I learned from the #PlasticFreeJuly Challenge!!!

#PlasticFreeJuly is over. It’s been a rough month, but I finally made it! This challenge allowed me to think beyond the beginner’s list. Reusable bags and containers are a great start, but you can always do better. This month I created my own sourdough starter, supported more local businesses, and started using a bamboo toothbrush! I was also able to fit all of my trash into the mason jar, with the exception of paper napkins and a mason jar that shattered whilst on vacation. I was impressed with myself. I was also bummed every time the stupid clerk handed me a receipt that automatically dispensed from the register, even though I paid in cash. When asked, "do you want your receipt?" I had to accept it because I knew that they would just throw it out. 

By featuring all of these successes on my Instagram, it created this vision that I had this amazing sustainable life. I think it’s important to note that my personal life wasn’t going as smoothly. I started the month by getting laid off from my job with very little notice. As a result, I pressured myself to find another job. I had gotten this job three weeks after finishing my internship. How hard could it be? My weeks consisted of phone calls with alumnae, re-writing my resume and cover letters, and trying everything I could to get myself in the interview room. Finally, I have a few leads to potential jobs, but it’s going to be a long process.

As I have mentioned before, living at home does allow me to save money during this stressful time, but I also wish that I had my own place. My parents and sister aren’t zero waste. They still use normal cleaners, bleach, candles that give me a headache, normal detergent and dryer sheets, and tons of napkins. They also constantly complain about how bad their garbage stinks, which I laugh about. They are impressed with everything that I do, and have tried to limit the amount of plastic they bring into the house.

During this time fellow bloggers inspired me to work on something that I am passionate about. I took a chance by purchasing my domain and started taking blogging more seriously. I want to create interesting content that is about more than just the basics. This blog is going to feature unusual recipes like sourdough starters, sustainable trendy companies, and other interesting factors of the zero waste lifestyle! I am also challenging myself to put 3 months of waste into a mason jar!!!!