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Why We Strive For Low Waste

The zero waste movement can be quite intimidating, can’t it? Personally, it took me quite some time to start moving in that direction. After watching countless documentaries and consuming plenty of information about our landfills and the damage that’s been caused over the years, I knew in my heart that I wanted to reduce my impact as much as I could. But I was nervous. Mostly because my introduction to the movement through social media gave me the impression that my wallet needed to be much larger to afford to take on this lifestyle. Water bottles, lunch boxes, beeswax wraps, reusable storage bags, etc. Back when I was first learning about zero waste I was working a low paying job and barely getting by on my own so these expenses were almost discouraging. 

Luckily as time went on I learned more and more about the movement and how we can use what’s around us. Now there will always be that person telling you that you’re not doing enough. But I will tell you right now that if your goal is to do the best you can to reduce your impact then that is plenty. This isn’t about perfection. It’s about encouraging others to make positive changes. It’s about deeply caring for our planet. And it’s about reaching toward systematic change. That is what we strive for. This includes learning how to use what we already have, recycling properly, supporting small businesses when we can, and building skill sets that allow us to not have to rely on anyone else. No matter how big or small, actions create ripples.  

Once I understood that zero waste isn’t about perfection, my whole outlook changed. One thing that I knew I could do was to learn how to make and do certain things myself. This included cooking from scratch, growing some of my own fruits and vegetables in my mom’s backyard, worm composting, and wouldn’t ya know it - making soap!

As soon as I decided that I wanted to pursue this full time I knew that I wanted this brand to get as close to low waste as possible. From making the product to packaging it. The first part of that included finding all natural ingredients that are sustainably sourced and figuring out how to be resourceful whether it’s using local herbs in our products or reusing coffee grounds as exfoliators. When it came to packaging, we were certain that we wanted to try our best to be resourceful. After trial and error we came up with the idea to reuse Trader Joe’s grocery bags to wrap up our soaps nice and snug and it was perfect! This means our packaging along with fillers used to send out our products are recyclable and/or compostable. This is what we strive for! 

So enough with shaming those who aren’t doing “enough”. Do what you can and take care of yourself! While we are still on our low waste journey, we hope to positively encourage others to work toward the same goal.