Contemplating a zero waste life? Meet Brittany from Brisbane, Australia. See how she is inspiring a change that begun with a realisation. A realisation which made her see how her actions were “unknowingly contributing to the throw away society we live in today” – something so many of us are guilty of.
“Recycling is a good place to start but a bad place to stop”
Driving ahead a passion to change, Brittany today is educating and helping others who want to make a positive change, by way of her blog – Litterless Living. Read on as she shares her journey, her advice for people hoping to set out on a sustainable way of living, and which island in the Gulf of Thailand she recommends you visit to experience a sustainable way of living.
Journey and interest in Sustainability
When I was younger I was unknowingly contributing to the throwaway society we live in today. I was buying things I didn’t need and using items once before throwing them away. As I got older I started to see how much waste I was producing and started to understand how my actions were part of the problem. I decided to take ownership of my part in this unsustainable way of living. I knew there had to be a better way, but I didn’t know where to start.
The more I looked, the more I started to see how bad things had become. I saw the pollution all around me, rubbish bins overflowing, and what have we done to our beautiful beaches.
But I didn’t know how I could help.
The more I researched sustainable living, the more I knew there was a better way. Why wasn’t everyone talking about finding a solution? Why weren’t we teaching about these issues in our schools? The only lesson I learned was how to recycle rubbish. I now know this is just a band-aid, and I know we need to start talking about the problems.
This is now my passion, and I want to do all I can to educate and help others who want to make a positive change. I know how hard it can be wanting to make difference but not knowing where to start. That’s why I wanted to not only educate but also create a community of like-minded people who want to work together to find the answers and stop being part of the problem.
Litterless Living – The experience, the message…
My goal for Litterless Living is to educate and share my personal experiences in trying to achieve everyday sustainability in a throwaway society. From minimising waste in everyday life to travelling sustainably and exploring different methods of traditional eco living, I hope to inspire others to adapt a Zero Waste lifestyle, to minimise our impact on the planet.
It’s been tough trying to push against the norms of society and a lot of people just don’t understand why I go through the effort, but the Litterless Living community has provided continuous encouragement and support throughout my entire journey.
A favourite travel destination to experience Sustainability
One of my favourite travel destinations is Koh Tao, a cosy little island in the Gulf of Thailand which I visited during my 6-month travels around Southeast Asia. Off the shores of Koh Tao, I was able to swim alongside reef sharks and turtles amongst the stunning corals.
With the main activities on the island focusing on the water, it’s no wonder that there is a collective sense of responsibility for the environment. As a result, regular clean ups are conducted both on the beach and underwater with the involvement from several dive schools around the island. Many local businesses also do their part and avoid using single use plastics in their establishments.
On my next visit to Koh Tao, I plan to join one of the many marine conservation programs which combines my passions for scuba diving and environmental conservation to preserve the beautiful marine life surrounding Koh Tao’s shores.
What to do if you’re setting out on a journey to Litterless Living
Trying to live a sustainable lifestyle can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s all about the little steps you take towards your goal of Zero Waste. The best place to begin is in your own rubbish bin to evaluate your biggest source of waste and starting from there. Looking at the big picture of all the waste you produce can be staggering, but breaking it down into different areas makes the process seem much more doable.
You may want to rush out and buy all the new shiny Zero Waste alternatives available but that may be counterproductive if you are throwing away usable items in their place. Instead opt for using up your products first and replacing them with Zero Waste alternatives as they run out.
Remember that becoming Zero Waste is a process and it won’t happen overnight, but every step in the right direction helps to reduce your impact on our planet.
Three zero-waste travel tips
- Zero Waste Kit: Preparation is the key for a successful Zero Waste trip and packing a few reusable items allows you to evade trash ‘on the go’ and to pick up any Zero Waste goods you find on your way without surrendering to plastic packaging. Check out Zero Waste Kit for some ideas on what reusable items to bring for Zero Waste travel.
- Experiences Over Things: Focusing on experiences while you travel rather than tacky souvenirs allows you to maximise your precious travel time and collect memories instead of things.
- Leave No Trace: If you do end up with a bit of rubbish on your travels, don’t stress. Remember that no Zero Waste travel is perfect and to dispose of your waste appropriately, even if it means keeping it in your back pocket for an entire mountain hike until you find a bin.
For more ideas on how to minimise your impact whilst travelling check out 25 Sustainable Tips for Zero Waste Travel.
One place closer home is a must see
Bali is a popular travel destination for Australians, but many only stay on the touristy south of the island leaving the restunexplored. My partner and I braved the roads of Bali by motorbike and ventured over to the North and West of Bali to experience it like never before. To this day we will still talk about our beautiful experiences watching baby sea turtles hatch and releasing them into the open ocean. Only topped by our jaw dropping experience swimming with wild dolphins in the deep blue. If you’re planning a trip to Bali make sure to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the rest of what the real Bali has to offer.
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Finally, Brittany signs off, “I’m happy to lend a helping hand and chat about any other questions you may have. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow my Zero Waste journey atwww.litterlessliving.com for more tips on how to reduce your waste.”
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