How (and why) Not To Do Everything
I read a recent social media post from the Zero Waste Chef about the joy of making fresh pasta. It's easy and fun to make, creates less waste and obviously taste so much better than pasta in a cardboard box. Her popular post encouraged everyone to think like Julia Child. All you need is "basic skills, a bit of confidence and a "what-the-hell attitude in the kitchen." She also mentioned GOOGLE as a resource for finding recipes and information. We dwell in the Age of Information perhaps at times the Age of Too Much Information. It can be easy to think we can do it all.
In the comments some folks posted about time. I'd love to make fresh pasta but with a small business, a house that needs to get ready for winter and the need to occasionally get to yoga class I feel stressed for time. A phenomena a lot of us struggle with is WE CAN DO IT. Yes, we can do it but we can't do it all. We can't do it all at one time, we can't do it all alone and we can't do everything. Pick your battles. Do what nourishes you. When it comes to going zero waste and plastic free pick an easy life style and habit change to get you going on your journey.
An easy way to get started is to check out Zero Waste Chef Ann Marie's blogs especially her Start Here section. One of my favorite blogs is But When You Do Shop, Shop Small. I've ranted a few times about the lack of customer service from the "Big Boys". Twice recently, I've said to large companies "If I treated my customers the way you've treated me I'd be out of business." And gotten a shrug and sorry as the reply. Ann Marie points out, "Small businesses will more likely do whatever it takes to retain their customers. The big guys, not so much." I totally agree.
Do what nourishes you and make your actions nourish others. Spend your hard earned dollars at small, local and indie businesses. It's good for you, your community and our planet.