09.06 2020 18:54h

Let this 'Zero Waste' Blogger Inspire a New Lifestyle Change

She's racked up over 100k followers on Instagram by showcasing her very minimalist lifestyle
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Most people turn to a 'zero waste' lifestyle because of their passion for the environment but US blogger Kathryn Kellog actually joined the movement following a breast cancer scare four years ago.

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Zero waste living isn't about shiny new things and pretty reusables - it's about using what you have! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For me, it's using things like my plastic ice cube trays and plastic toilet brush wand until they break. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It's about repurposing what comes into my life like glass jars, pouring homemade deodorant into an old deodorant tube, and upcycling an old maple syrup bottle into a hand soap pump.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ - I've stored food scraps in my freezer with that plastic ziploc for over five years. ⁠⠀ - those 'produce' bags were drawstring bags that came with purchases⁠⠀ - I kept my plastic Tupperware (for things other than food storage) ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I didn't throw out all my things and 'upgrade', I kept them. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Zero Waste living is frugal living, and now, more than ever, it's time for it to shine! ⠀ ⁠⠀ I think using what you have is one of the most impactful zero waste swaps you can make. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And, just so we're clear, there's nothing wrong with having nice aesthetically pleasing things, but it's certainly not a necessity. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I hope you've never felt pressured to go out and buy a bunch of 'fancy' new things. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ That's the complete opposite of what zero waste living means, and is one of the reasons I've saved so much money since making the switch! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ When you started a zero waste lifestyle did you feel like you needed to buy a bunch of new things? ⁠⠀ #GoingZeroWaste⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⠀⁠⠀ #plasticfreejuly #zerowaste #gogreen #sustainability #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #eco #sustainable #simplicity #simpleliving #slowliving #plasticfree #choosetoreuse #saveourplanet #saveouroceans #reducereuserecycle #reuse #upcycle

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In the past two years alone, she’s collected only enough trash to fill a 16-ounce mason jar.

Since adopting her very commendable and conscious lifestyle, Kathryn has authored the book 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste which serves as a guide to those who also aim to practice a more environmentally-friendly, minimal way of a living.

Part of Kellog’s commitment to living more sustainably is limiting the amount of trash she produces.

“We don’t live in a perfect zero waste world … It’s really not about being perfect,” she said. “It’s just about taking these overarching principles and trying to apply them into your life to be more sustainable by using fewer resources.”

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I love a good book! So, I'm excited to be teaming up with a few friends to send you a few books focused on vegan recipes, mindful practices and sustainable living! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The winner will get 4 books:⁠⠀ 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste⁠⠀ Vegan Cheese⁠⠀ Eat, Feel, Fresh⁠⠀ Like Water Through Skin⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ To give you a little dose of consciousness amidst everything we are going through. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ To enter:⁠⠀ 1. follow @waterthruskin, @going.zero.waste, @iamsahararose, @julesaron⁠⠀ 2. Comment below and tell me if you've picked up a new practice whether that's a zero waste swap or a mindfulness habit like meditating these past few months!⁠⠀ 3. Tag 3 friends⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ That’s it! The giveaway is open worldwide for 96 hours and closes on 5/26. Good luck! ⁠⠀ #GoingZeroWaste⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #Passonplastic #zerowaste #plasticfree #saynotoplastic #reducereuserecycle #reducewaste #wasteless #zerowastecollective #zerowastelifestyle #savetheenvironment #cleanseas #ecolifestyle #goingzerowaste #waronwasteau #zerowasteliving #mindfulliving #saveourseas #saveourplanet #plasticsucks #turnthetideonplastic #environmentallyfriendly #saveourocean

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According to her an article shared by Refinery29, Kathryn said 'One of my biggest struggles in going zero-waste was reconciling my love for fashion with a more sustainable way of living. I used to have a bit of a shopping problem. My closet was stuffed to the brim. Once, my college roommate asked me to count how many dresses I owned — the number sat above 200. The way I was consuming clothing was utterly unsustainable. And on a macro scale, the industry itself is unsustainable (according to the EPA, in 2017, 11.2 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills; a lot of this waste is driven by fast fashion and micro trends).' 

Of course, the internet trolls will always follow, since the launch of Going Zero Waste in March 2015, she’s been criticized on social media and in private messages for driving and flying, for not installing a grey-water system, and, no joke, for using toilet paper (she does have a bidet, by the way). She’s been chastised by vegans for eating eggs, and one visiting relative walked around Kellogg’s house pointing out anything made of plastic.

Despite the backlash, Kathryn continues to promote her way of living and also regularly shares tips and even replies to questions on her social media, all to inspire those who do in fact have an interest in adopting a similar lifestyle.

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