When I first started living zero waste in my home and urban farm over a year ago, I was met with some pretty funny comments. A lot of family and close friends thought I had joined new political parties and beliefs, and I was called a "treehugger", a "bleeding heart liberal", an "environmentalist", and other things that had never been part of my name-calling repertoire. I laughed the silliness off, and have tried to explain to people one of my main principles:
There is nothing more conservative than conserving.
Living and gardening with zero waste is not only healthy for the planet, but for your bank account and other resources. Although I grew up in the 80's and 90's where environmentalism was starting to be largely discussed, I've never felt the need to alter my lifestyle simply for the planet's health. You may agree with that sentiment. But when I saw how much money I was saving and how much trash I wasn't producing? Now, that changed everything in my competitive spirit! Once Mr. Man and I decided on the zero waste lifestyle, we started in the kitchen. That led to the bathroom, and then to our workplaces. Finally, we made our urban farm zero waste, using recycled materials, compost, and seeds to house and grow our produce.