There have been times in the past when I have slipped up and bought something super wasteful. For example, a few days ago I went out shopping and realised that i’d left my reusable shopping bag at home and on top of that it was super hot and I hadn’t bought a drink or bottle with me. One plastic water bottle and plastic bag later I returned home filled with guilt and feeling like i’d set myself back months. How can I run this blog where I tell people to reduce their waste and shop smart when i’m not doing it myself?
But the thing is, everybody makes mistakes. I have been consistently cutting down on the amount of wasteful things that I buy and use, in fact i’ve drastically cut down on my shopping in general. It got me to thinking, there are so many people out there, me being one of them, who start something and then drop it when they make a mistake. Or don’t even start because they are afraid that they’ll fail. I can’t tell you how long it took me to start this blog because I wanted to get it perfect on the first try. Now I can’t say that it is perfect but at least i’ve started, and I am very proud of what i’m doing and I believe that it’s helping people.
The thing with low waste living, as with most lifestyle changes, is that it takes time. You’re bound to mess up from time to time and that’s okay. As long as your aware of it, and learn from it. It’s a constant learning and growing experience and, at least for me, its helping me to finally try the things I was never brave enough to before. The thing to remember is that just because there is the capacity for failure doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing, if you never start something then you have already failed.