Instagram post by @zannavandijk Zanna van Dijk

Am I zero waste? ๐ŸŒŽ The honest truth: I'm not. Not even close ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ I admire those who are and I take inspiration from their lifestyles, but I am nowhere near there yet. I am trying to be realistic with myself and my lifestyle. My focus is on raising my awareness of my choices and being conscious in what I do consume. The amount of waste I produce now is about 1/4 of what it used to be; and the waste that I do produce, I handle with care. I try not to view what I do consume as rubbish to just be thrown away. In fact, some of the materials, such as the corrugated cardboard can go on to be used many more times when recycled. For example, with @staywildswim my new sustainable swimwear brand, we have packaged our pieces in recycled corrugated cardboard which is also 100% recyclable, as we view this as one of the most sustainable options available to us ๐ŸŒŠ I don't want to intimidate you by setting goals of never consuming a single piece of plastic or never using an item in glass again, instead just reduce, reuse and recycle. No one is perfect, but if we all come together for positive change we can make a massive impact ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™ #zerowaste #lowwaste #reducingwaste #trashhero #beyondthebox #ad #corrugatedcardboard #reducereuserecycle

119 Comments

  • 24w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @pialily91 it is pretty crazy out there! The more small swaps we encourage the better, then hopefully wider change follows!

  • 24w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @tanyapoppett thanks Tanya ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  • 24w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @lkb_mum_fitness Iโ€™m so glad!!

  • 24w ago justinedevry justinedevry

    Moi j'aime beaucoup la lampe Kartell sur la table de chevet ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • 24w ago sarah_emily_j sarah_emily_j

    If it wasnโ€™t for your Living Consciously Crew Facebook group I wouldnโ€™t be half as aware about sustainability as I am now, youโ€™ve made a massive impact on my consumption. So thank you so much!

  • 24w ago sophieca_ke sophieca_ke

    My mum, dad, brother, sister, dog and I are all driving towards being plastic free - we've already reduced our single plastics a lot by shopping at local farm shops, but we find it tough with pasta, pulses and biscuits...any tips?

  • 23w ago healthybalanceuk healthybalanceuk

    Little things add up! We keep and reuse any take away plastic boxes for when we make batch amounts of food as theyโ€™re great for the perfect portion for the freezer! They can be reused for years x

  • 23w ago egle_marc egle_marc

    I try as much as I can! And I really reduced my waist a lot already! We all can do a change! Even if it is little ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’™

  • 23w ago mitchskitchenuk mitchskitchenuk

    Amen ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ

  • 23w ago dreamyswaefke dreamyswaefke

    If everyone did some effort it would be a big impact. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • 23w ago lauraypurser lauraypurser

    Everything you are doing Zanna Is inspiring me to be more plastic free in my life and conscious on the products I buy! Keep up all the inspiration and work you are putting out to other people!!

  • 23w ago tomm_iifym tomm_iifym

    Respect your effort but you travel.. alot. Flying is just about the worst thing to do. By far the biggest impact would be to stop traveling (flying) but thatโ€™s not possible considering itโ€™s kind of your job aswell๐Ÿ˜ถ

  • 23w ago helenmccan helenmccan

    Yes his message is so important- little by little we can all improve ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Baby steps make massive change โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  • 23w ago eilidhbambi eilidhbambi

    @boharmony Tampons are definitely an issue, ending up in the water or in landfill but I think most eco-conscious woman are aware of menstrual cups that are reusable. Cosmetics are not only for women, men that buy bottles of shower gels or shampoo product plastic waste too. We all have to make a change, I don't feel this is a gendered issue.

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @boharmony I have a blog post about sustainable periods ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @tomm_iifym itโ€™s a tough one! Iโ€™ve discussed this on my YouTube a few times!

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @helenmccan thank you ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @lauraypurser thank you!

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @dreamyswaefke ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @egle_marc we can! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @sophieca_ke pulses I get in tins and I buy big pasta bags - still in plastic but in bulk so means less plastic for more product!

  • 23w ago zannavandijk zannavandijk

    @sarahemilynutritionist youโ€™re so welcome!

  • 23w ago paulsholiday paulsholiday

    That is very considerate of you! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • 23w ago vanessafrenchfitness vanessafrenchfitness

    Love your message. Youโ€™ve inspired me to live a more conscious lifestyle. Post competition Iโ€™m going more plant based, Iโ€™ll be using new products that are animal and environmentally friend whenever possible. If we all do our part we will make a huge impact. Thank you for your inspiring content xx

  • 23w ago vanessafrenchfitness vanessafrenchfitness

    Love your message. Youโ€™ve inspired me to live a more conscious lifestyle. Post competition Iโ€™m going more plant based, Iโ€™ll be using new products that are animal and environmentally friend whenever possible. If we all do our part we will make a huge impact. Thank you for your inspiring content xx

  • 23w ago kishangohil kishangohil

    Great post Zanna! We all have to start somewhere but just starting and taking conscious responsibility for our environment is a good start.

  • 23w ago artychick85 artychick85

    You are so inspirational Zanna. You hVe opened my eyes up so much to all of this. I am so much more aware of my waste because of you soley. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • 23w ago sharonjgreen sharonjgreen

    Thatโ€™s a great message. When I first started trying to live a zero waste lifestyle I tried going cold turkey on all plastic and packaging and found it so overwhelming that it became more of a battle than feeling like I was contributing to something good. What Iโ€™ve realised is that I can start with small changes and build on them until getting close to zero waste feels like a default. I think we can be hard on ourselves and forget that weโ€™re making good choices every time we take our own bags to the supermarket or reject takeaway food that comes in a plastic container or opt to sit in a cafe and enjoy a coffee from a cup rather than getting a takeaway cup to go (thatโ€™s been my rule for the past year). Little by little, our little swaps and changes can make a big difference.

  • 23w ago alexbanks1978 alexbanks1978

    Lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • 23w ago shakamweni shakamweni

    Beautiful one

  • 23w ago alexandriafraley alexandriafraley

    Hi @zannavandijk I come from a farm raising family that goes hunting every season and is a "fill the freezer" family. I would like to be different. I want to better myself and the planet. We bread sheep and I loved watching the lambs grow and play with them. I was wondering if going vegetarian first would be easier than going full on vegan? I am looking to eat cleaner and not use so much waste either. Any tips?

  • 23w ago stylethesustainable stylethesustainable

    Love this post...if we all take little steps we can achieve great things together. Going to check out your swim wear brand now!

  • 21w ago sabrinalillyx sabrinalillyx

    @jasminejayeholmes

  • 21w ago evarosehall evarosehall

    @janekershaw ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • 21w ago denise.kbn denise.kbn

    @donya_san die ist super! Die versucht durch Instagram Menschen auf die Plastikmuell Problematik aufmerksam zu mache:) sehr sehr toller Account !

  • 21w ago nasimtumka nasimtumka

    Hello

  • 20w ago cgarside90 cgarside90

    @zannavandijk i have been following your content for a while & I know zero waste and sustainability are big issues to you. You should check out @thesocialsupermarket- they sell โ€œproducts with purposeโ€ (think upcycled bags, jams made from surplus, fairtrade and organic clothing, bamboo straws and reusable coffee cups supporting waste reduction). They sell products from social enterprises which helps tackle important social and environmental challenges by reinvesting money made from products back into the community. Shopping and with a good cause! Perfect for xmas! I am not involved in the company- just think itโ€™s a great idea so sharing the love!

  • 20w ago thesocialsupermarket thesocialsupermarket

    @charlottegarside90 thanks for sharing! โค๏ธ @zannavandijk Great post and I think your message is a great one..small actions everyday from a large group of people will have a massive impact ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • 17w ago millennialconservationist millennialconservationist

    Sustainability isn't defined as one thing, it's a multitude of different factors to come together to achieve the most desirable outcome. You've done a wonderful job at raising awareness ! You should be so proud! science doesn't define sustainability as one it includes 3 main components; environment, social and economical aspects to have all three aspects be achieved equally is almost unrealistic to be quite honest.

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