This week I wanted to talk about something that has struck a chord with me lately. That is, when how if people know you are attempting Zero-Waste or Minimalist goals, they think it is okay to call you out on the one thing you do that doesn’t line up with those goals.
Why are people so judgmental about my trying to save the planet?
It isn’t like I go around pointing out every sin I see a religious person commit. So why is it acceptable for people to make comments like “Wow, you have way to many things to be a real minimalist.” or “If you are zero-waste, you shouldn’t be buying tuna in a can.”
There is no such thing as a “Perfect” zero-waster (Except perhaps Bea Johnson, that girl has got her shit together 🙂 ). There is no such thing as a “Perfect” minimalist. Or a perfect Christian, or a perfect vacuum cleaner, or a perfect pet.
Do I occasionally indulge and buy something that comes in a package?….yes.
Do I occasionally splurge and buy a new book?….yes.
Am I going to limit myself to only 100 items or never throwing anything away….no. For me right now, that isn’t realistic. And if there is one thing I definitely am, it is a realist. I don’t sugar coat it. I don’t make excuses. I tell it like it is 🙂
So, yes I do buy bags of chips when I get a really bad craving for them. Yes, I own quite a bit more than 100 things.
But compared to where I was a year ago…I have come leaps and bounds. I have less than 1/4 of what I started out with.
I haven’t figured everything out yet.
I might never get to 100% zero-waste.
But it is my goal.
Every drop raises the ocean.