My approach to a low waste, rather than a zero waste, lifestyle

“I can’t change the world alone” - said 3 billion people on this planet. Well actually, you can! Even the small efforts you make to reduce your waste can be extremely impactful at scale. Thus, DOHM encourages low waste living. In comparison to the zero waste approach, ‘low waste’ is a more practical and approachable method of reducing waste. Because of its simplicity, low waste living can be applied in many ways, making it feasible for the minimalist, nature fanatic, health enthusiast, or anyone in between.  

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Low waste living is all about taking the time to recognize our impact, even if we are not perfect at it. There are some simple ways to retrain your current habits that can help create more environmentally and budget friendly practices. For example, choosing products that are in glass or paper containers is a great way to avoid using plastic things. Did you know that the average plastic shampoo bottle takes roughly 450+ years to decompose? On the other hand, glass can easily be recycled and you can repurpose your glass containers in a fun way, reducing your package waste! For example, the DOHM citrus lavender scrub containers work great for storing kitchen spices, small office supplies like paper clips, or even jewelry while travelling. Making small, environmentally conscious decisions to avoid plastic and reuse objects you already have is a great first step in low waste living.

Not only does a low waste lifestyle target the direct waste that results from the things that we use as consumers, but the indirect waste as well. But what exactly are direct and indirect waste? Essentially, both types of waste are the result of purchasing too much. Things like cereal boxes, or tortilla chip bags are direct waste that will end up in the landfill, but indirect waste would be things that we don’t necessarily see like air pollution. Either way, waste has a large impact on the environment, but thankfully low waste living can help address this issue. Both direct and indirect waste can be reduced by doing simple tasks like purchasing more mindfully, shopping from sustainable companies, opting for reusable products rather than single use, and reducing the amount of things you consume in general. For more information, you can watch the DOHM IGTV video on minimalism and sustainability!

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Taking the time to retrain your habits will help you discover how much easier your life will be. It will also help you save time and money! But where do you start? One easy way to start is by purchasing fewer, multipurpose items rather than many, single use items, you will save money and time when shopping. In fact, A great example of this is our Matcha Oil, which can be used for your face, hair, body, and as a makeup remover. Besides helping us directly, low waste living helps to reduce pollution and waste created, to minimize our negative impacts. These negative impacts are felt disproportionately by minority communities, which addresses the important topic of intersectional environmentalism. Thus, minimizing waste is not an individual choice, but a collective effort to improve human livelihood, specifically from communities that are mostly affected by the choices we make. To learn more about intersectional environmentalism, you can check out this resource.

Low waste living is all about changing things bit by bit to reduce your impact on the environment. Low waste practice is a matter of education, self discovery, health, and above all, contribution to systemic change. One person can make a difference, and as a consumer, you have the power to be a driving force for change! 

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The thinking above is what ultimately inspired me to create DOHM. 

My approach to a low waste, rather than a zero waste, lifestyle