Minimalism and Zero Waste- How are they connected?

The principles of minimalism overlap with the goals of Zero Waste.

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is an intentional lifestyle where people choose to live with less. They fill their lives with only possessions that are necessary or that hold great meaning for them. They remove all the other things that are only distractions and have no real purpose in their lives. 

Modern culture, and mass consumerism have led a lot of people to buy more and more things that do nothing to advance their lives or fulfill their goals. It is just stuff that is taking up space and has no real purpose or use.

This can have a very real toll on our lives, emotionally and financially. Some estimates say that the average American spends $1500 each month on non-essential items. Imagine how your life would change if you had an extra $1500 each month. 

Money is one of the top three topics that couples fight over. Not-spending this money every month can lead to some real changes in people’s lives. Most people are not able to save enough for their children’s education or their own retirement. Making the intentional change to a minimalist life could change that and give people added security for themselves and their family.

It is not all about giving up everything that is not considered a necessity. It also makes room in our lives for those things that really matter to us. Minimalism does not mean giving up things that you love, like a favorite hobby. But it can make more room for those things that can enrich your life.

How are Minimalism and Zero Waste connected?

Thinking about Zero Waste in terms of what you put in the trash is only part of the issue. The other part has to do with all the waste that is created in the production and transportation of goods. 

The logic follows that if people do not purchase those $1500 worth of goods each month that are not necessary, they do not need to be produced, which in return reduces the waste and carbon emissions of production and transportation. 

So, not only will those unneeded items not end up in a landfill or polluting the oceans at the end of their lives, but there will be no additional waste or pollution created by manufacturing these items. 

Is Minimalism necessary in order to reach Zero Waste?

No, you do not need to follow the minimalist lifestyle to reach your Zero Waste goals.

Any changes that you make in your life and your daily routines at home or at work, can have a profound effect on the environment. 

But I believe that as you move closer and closer to a Zero Waste life, it will start to resemble the intentional living of minimalism. I see these results in my own life.

I find it very refreshing and freeing to know that I am not contributing to the continued environmental problems of our planter, and also to only be surrounded by things that have meaning to me, and that I know are also supporting those goals.

1 thought on “Minimalism and Zero Waste- How are they connected?”

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