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How My Waste Free Journey Began

Hi! My name is Anè Nel, and welcome to Greenish – a look into the adventures of waste free living! I can’t wait to share my adventure with you and, hopefully, help you get started on an amazing waste free adventure of your own! If you’re not sure what waste free living is, take a look at this!

You might be wondering what Greenish is, and how it all got started, right? A few years ago I was taking a walk on one of our local beaches – South Africa has some of the most beautiful beaches, and our family loves to take an annual trip down to enjoy the sun and sand. But on this particular trip, while taking photos, I noticed something strange in the sand. When I decided to take a closer look, I found an old plastic bottle. I couldn’t recognize it, and neither did anyone in my family. My curiosity was peaked.

The Sleuthing Begins

I decided to try and find out where the bottle could have come from, and immediately starting doing research. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a nearly 40 year old plastic bottle from the United States! Investigating further, I was shocked to discover just how bad the plastic pollution problem had become, and that’s when I decided that it was time to make a change. Even if I just made small changes myself, maybe I could start making a difference to our planet. Maybe, I could try waste free living.

In time, my journey to a waste free lifestyle has evolved. There’s been a lot of bumps and bruises, but every day I work towards cutting more and more waste and plastic out of my life! Now, I want to share my journey and experiences with others, to help them achieve their dream of living more waste free. It’s not always easy, but we have a responsibility to our environment and our future. 

Waste Free Living: An Ongoing Adventure

I’ll be very honest with you – waste free living can be a challenge! It means cutting things out of your lifestyle that you may not even realize you’re using. For example, I never realized the obsession I used to have with putting everything into neat little plastic containers before stacking them in the fridge. Since then, I’m proud to say my collection of plastic tupperware has taken a dive of epic proportions – but it wasn’t an easy change to make!

But going waste free is about more than just cutting out bits of plastic – although, admittedly, it’s one of the easiest things to start with. There are many other things though – and I have to say I’m particularly proud of my egg-laying hens, and my herb and vegetable garden. Not to mention the compost heap I use to keep everything happy and growing.

Here's Some Important Advice:

Your journey won’t be the same as mine. If you’re living in an apartment, there’s no place for a garden or a compost heap. There may be things you need to use that you just can’t cut out of your life right now because there aren’t any alternatives. But that’s why it’s called a journey – a glorious, ongoing waste free living adventure.

As a little thank you for visiting me, I’d like to offer you a download of my short free E-guide; A Quick Guide to Zero Waste Living. You can also visit my shop if you’d like to take a look at some of my favourite waste free, plastic alternatives! Just click below, and off you go!

Start your journey

I want to give you my free e-guide!

Are you just starting out on your Zero Waste journey, and have a lot of questions? Or are you just curious about Zero Waste and low waste living? My free e-guide, A Quick Guide to Zero Waste, is for you!

Thank you!

Click below to download your new e-guide!