A zero-waste lifestyle has been something that has been on the back of my mind for years, but has come more to the forefront of my attention in the past few months. While social media can definitely be soul-sucking at times, it also really has its benefits— like showing me that living a zero-waste lifestyle is actually attainable and can be fun, creative, and bring me to a state of higher-conscious living, of which I find myself constantly seeking.

Now is probably the time to preface that I do not, by any means, live a zero-waste life. Holy cow, I wish I did, and I plan to in my future, but I also think I need to take baby steps in order for it to be sustainable for myself. Ok, phew, glad I got that statement over with. I felt like I really needed to address that so I don't take any credit away from the bad asses that are actually living zero-waste lives. Anyway, let's carry on.

My first step on my zero-waste journey began when I was a junior in high school. I remember it vividly. I was so struck by what I was learning in AP Environmental Science class— from the toxic gasses in the atmosphere, to severe natural disasters and polar bears dying due to their homes melting. It was so heartbreaking for me. So I made the vow to never use plastic water bottles.

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