The Importance of Just Doing it; Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Change Your Plastic Dependent Habits

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

Many people I’ve talked to about going zero waste have an excuse of why they can’t be plastic free. They’ll say, “I’ll do it after I graduate college,” or “having kids makes it impossible.” Basically, they’re arguing that their life is too busy and that the transition to zero waste is too much work.

Your life is always going to be busy. There is never a “perfect” time to transition to a plastic-free lifestyle. So ask yourself; is it important to you to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle? If the answer is yes, truly put effort into making the transition. If not, perhaps there are other ways you can spend your time and money to affect positive change.

When I made the commitment to going zero waste I was in the midsts of transitioning from high school to college. I had an incredibly busy summer, but still, I changed my habits. My point is that you can do it too, no matter where you are in life.

Further still, I feel people are unnecessarily daunted by the prospect of going zero waste. When I first realized the magnitude of plastic I consumed on a daily bases, I too felt overwhelmed. But the actual transition itself can be fairly simple. Really, it’s more about being aware of the plastic you use and being committed to decrease that amount.

Which leads me into my next topic; how to transition to a zero waste lifestyle.