Welcome to the about page of the Zero Waste Man!
You rock if you could find the time in your busy life to read why I think I am qualified to help you. If you want to learn how to live a zero waste lifestyle. You are in for a treat.
My aim is to inspire you and empower you with new tools and tips. If this sounds anything like you, then you are at the right spot.
You already recycle, but you feel like you can do more?
Or you feel like you are wishcycling and you know there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye.
It all starts with knowledge, and that is my mission. Only when you know that something is not improving your life can you correct it.
Who am I, and why do I call myself the 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 entirely a ZeroWasteMan, but I am doing my part.
To be quite honest with you, being 100% zero waste is 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 recognize, 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 I think I can teach you?
I am a city kid, but I always felt drawn to mother nature. So much so, that I ended up living in a community in the hills of Byron Bay (Australia) for 3 1/2 years. 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.
I hope to inspire you to live your life a little greener and therefore put fewer toxins into your body and into the earth.
Of course, I would love for you to share your new knowledge with your friends and family.
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 to be 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 animals for meat, yes, I broke the kneck of a rabbit and killed a chicken with an ax. ( 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 am not proud of it, but I needed to do it to make better decisions. Thank you, chicken!
I traveled around Australia for many years until finally, I found my now wife. She is French Canadian, which brought some different challenges with it, but life couldn’t be better right now. Currently, we are traveling around Canada, and we are expecting a baby soon. With in the next year or so we are going to move back to Australia.
I love snow, but I love the ocean more and surfing. 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 farmer’s markets and bring their own coffee cups to the cafe became the norm.
Only when I left, I realized how many people didn’t know about this kind of lifestyle. So many people are super 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 forward, 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 experience better and live a desirable and wholesomer life.
You want to become a Zero Waste Man or Woman!
Offering solutions to keep your life as convenient as possible without a significant environmental impact on the planet. Yes, it is totally doable, and I will show you how. When I first started researching this, I felt overwhelmed by 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 program 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.
- Greta Thunberg, climate and environmentalist.
- Tom Szaky, from TerraCycle and Loop.
only to name a few 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 have hope.
Because of that little feeling of hope, I started the zerowasteman. You will see the difference it makes for you and your family to live this lifestyle. Which is a nice segway into what going zero waste also is?
Here are a couple of things you can already start doing today.
Not to overwhelm, anyone here let’s see which small steps you can take to become a zerowasteman now:
- Buy less stuff
- If you buy stuff, buy natural stuff
- Yep the obvious, say “no” to straws, or bring your own.
- 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 things you don’t need like flyers or promotional items
- Recycle, and I don’t mean just chuck it in the recycling bin ( less than 10% is actually getting recycled)
- Recycle your yogurt 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 sure 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 experience 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 colorful, 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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