Well Hello there, welcome to the about page.
I am glad you could make it. Go on and have a little read and find out what you can get out of it and why I think I am qualified to help you. My aim is to inspire you and bring hope, bring your new knowledge and easy to implement ways for a healthier planet and a healthier you.
Who are you and why do you call yourself a zero waste man?
I am passionate about the environment and made it my mission to find ethical companies that make amazing products with a small to no impact on the planet. I am not completely a zero waste man, but I am doing my part.
To be quite honest with you, being absolutely zero waste is almost impossible. Unless you want to move back into a cave and just eat shrubs.
But no, seriously. How do you think I typed these letters? Sure, the computer has a fruit on it but that doesn’t make it organic or locally grown, right? Argh, I couldn’t help myself.
So as you can see I want to make such a serious subject a little lighter. We know how bad the situation for our planet is.
We have lost 60% of our wildlife in 50 Years and if we keep going the way we are, this planet is going to look very different in the next 20 years. But it is not too late. That’s why I am here, to show you how.
Why do you think you can teach me? I am a city kid but I always felt drawn to mother nature. So much so, that I ended up living on a community in the hills of Byron Bay (Australia). Growing our own food, planting native trees and learning to live in harmony with nature. These are just a few things amongst many more skills that I have learned.
My hope is to inspire you to live your life a little greener and share your new knowledge with your friends and family. It is more important to me to empower you so that you can make better choices.
Let’s answer your question, a little bit about me:
I grew up in Germany, Dortmund a city with just over half a million citizens. Quite an industrial place. Luckily we had some forest just behind the door. I always had the urge of being in nature. It was the place where I could relax and burn some energy when I had too much.
Later in life when I was 21 I moved over to Australia and I have been living there ever since. I experienced living in communities and learned about how to grow my own food. How to kill my own animals for meat, yes I killed a chicken, and a rabbit, ( I am vegetarian a vegan in the making now) and for the first time, it felt like this was the way we were supposed to live.
I moved around a lot and finally, I found a woman from Canada and we are going to move back to Australia.
I love snow but I love the ocean more. Anyway, you need to follow your calling right?!?
Now to cut my story short and not send you to sleep. Spending the last 10 years in a region where people would go shopping on farmers markets and brought there own coffee cups to the cafe. I became quite aware of how many people didn’t know about this kind of lifestyle how many people are so busy with there 9 – 5s and simply don’t have the time or the desire to change the way they live.
It is only fair, you obviously want to keep the comfort that you have and evolve forwards not backward.
You don’t necessarily want to go the extra mile to the bulk food store and prepare your own meal. Life is busy, I understand and that’s why I created this blog. I have found ways to make your life better and live a good and healthier life.
You want to become a zero waste man!
Offering you solutions to keep your life as convenient as possible without a big environmental impact on the planet. Yes, it is totally doable and I will show you how. When I first started researching into this I felt overwhelmed with the size of this problem. Later I realized we can actually do something.
Millions of other people thought the same, hence why the zero waste movement is one of the fastest growing ever. Friends of the Earth only started a plastic programme in 2016; Greenpeace didn’t have a dedicated plastic team until 2015. Plastic pollution is all over social media. From stranded dead whales to birds with stomachs full of plastic. Even some of our waves are plastic waves.
But there is hope, People like Boyan Slat, The Ocean Clean Up Project are doing their part. More and more social entrepreneurs are coming up with brilliant new businesses to help solve the problem. It gives us hope and this is why you are here. You also have hope. Because of that little something I started the zero waste man. You will see the difference it makes for you and your family to live this lifestyle.
Here are a couple of things you can already start doing today.
Not to overwhelme, anyone here let’s see which small steps you can take to become a zero waste man now:
- buy less stuff
- if you buy stuff, buy natural stuff
- yep the obvious, say “no” to straws
- don’t flick your cigarette butt on the ground ( they are made of plastic)
- have a coffee mug/cup
- bring your own water bottle
- shop local, for food and stuff
- shop at the zero waste store also known as bulk food stores
- reuse stuff you have
- be creative and make more stuff from materials that are abandoned like Pallets ( yep I made a minimalistic Christmas tree this year ).
- refuse stuff you don’t need like flyers or promotional things
- recycle and I don’t mean just chuck it in the recycling bin ( less than 10% is actually getting recycled)
- recycle your yoghurt containers for plant pots (drill some holes in the bottom) or to freeze some soup.
You see the options are nearly endless, but I am going to stop here now. There will be more on the blog for you to get creative.
Becoming more aware of the way we consume is a big step in the right direction and you can be proud of it. I am certain your children and your friend’s children will be too.
So let me take you on this journey to some really cool companies that are doing great jobs with low impact. Systems you can apply in your own life. Products that you can buy and use to improve your life and health.
We are in this together now and I am excited to help you, hear your story, and work together with you. So dig around subscribe to this blog watch the YouTube videos and just have a lot of fun doing it.
Isn’t it too late?
For some parts sure, like we simply can’t filter the entire ocean, but that doesn’t mean we can just continue our throw-away society and live like we have a planet B. We don’t.
Sure Elon Musk is trying to turn us into an interplanetary species, which is pretty exciting but I don’t think surfing on mars is going to happen soon.
I have created this site because I want to raise awareness and take such a serious subject and wrap it in some colourful, ah zero, waste ah wrapping paper = old newspaper I guess…
You see, Zero Waste is to take on consumerism in some way or another. It’s a big task and I am glad you are being a part of it.
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