If you are wanting to start 2023 by reducing a bit of your trash- go back and read any of the blogs. All the info is valid, you will have to makes tweaks to fit your life style. Please remember going zero waste is like any goal or accomplishment, it’s a dance. Two steps forward, one back, a bit of spinning in the same space and then two steps forward.
I’m not going to add to that list but I’d love to hear your suggestions and strategies. Instead I'm sharing another list with ideas about how to help address the imbalance in our economy.
I believe if you want to help heal our planet one step you can take is to “buy local, shop indie”. Sure I’m biased because I have a small business but I have a small business because I want the world to be a better place.
Here’s my list of ways to support small and indie businesses-
Word of mouth really matters- take the time to tell others about your favorite businesses and why you like them.
Sign up for emails- in the ever changing word of social media an email list is a godsend to a small business, it’s where they can actually connect with people who are interested in their product or service
Unsubscribe from emails you never open. In order to sent out batches of emails you need to subscribe to an email server and you pay for the service. If you are on someone’s list but never open an email you still count in terms of payment. It’s very helpful for a small company to have you unsubscribe because they safe money and you will stop getting an email that you’re not interested in.
Post a nice comment on social to help the algorithms used in social media sites. The way this works is a site limits access to how many folks can see a post because they want to make money. Liking, sharing and commenting on a post makes it more “popular” and visible.
Post a picture and tag a business to help spread the word.
Use locations and hashtags, another way to help a business be visible on social media.
Write reviews and share your positive experience. If your experience was negative contact the business first before posting on social media. Social media thrives on negativity so post with caution and kindness.
Say “thank you” whenever possible and be understanding with problems. Chances are if you have a problem you’ll get way better service and results than with a big business.
Buy gift cards especially at busy holiday seasons. It can be quite challenging in today’s ever changing world to keep items stocked and gift cards do help.
When it’s time to make a purchase investigate options and if possible buy small, local and indie first before giving all the big boys your money.
Consider a subscription service. Similar to a CSA for farms a subscription service helps weather the year during slower times. Subscription services are also a great way to support a creative that you admire. The way social media works makes it easy to expect information and inspiration for free but it’s a lot of work and a subscription helps someone stay creative.
Enjoy your zero waste journey and share your success.