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Top 3 Skills to Learn to get closer to Zero Waste

Here’s an obvious fact:

Zero Waste will not happen by itself. You have to put in the work because if you wait around for it to happen to you, you’re going to be hugely disappointed. Also, you will not help solve the problem. You will BE the problem.

And I don’t know about you, but when I think about it, it becomes obvious that it’s all a matter of asking yourself a question: am I okay with supporting the status quo or am I willing to put in the work?

By work, I mean learning new skills to become more sustainable.

But what skills do you mean, A?

Funny you should ask.

Here are the THREE most important skills you need to learn to get closer to zero waste:

Cooking

Let’s be honest. Cooking is one of the skills you should master whether you want to limit your waste or not. That’s simply #adulting for you. If you know how to cook, you can make your own lunches, you limit the amount of take out you order and you don’t have to dine out as often, because there’s food in your fridge and you actually know what to do with it.

Now, don’t get me wrong: you don’t have to be a Master Chef, but learning to cook some basic meals and being willing to experiment to expand your horizons will set you up for success.

Sewing

I just spent a couple of hours sewing handkerchiefs… I put on Netflix or YouTube and just sew things. It’s super relaxing and almost meditative. I’ve never got into meditation, but sewing does help me shut down thinking and just get going.

On top of that, if you’re able to fix your clothes when a shirt rips or a button goes flying across the floor, you can sew the hole shut, or attach a new button, and not have to buy a whole new outfit. And sure, I still don’t know how to close a hole in my jeans, and I still need a professional to help me with that, but as someone who is trying to buy less clothes, sewing is a skill to have.

Budgeting

Budgeting and planning in general is not something everybody knows how to do from the start. I know it took me a while to figure out money and how to manage them once I got a job that paid me money. The concept of spending less than you make might seem obvious, but it wasn’t obvious to me. I had to learn the hard way a lot of lessons that now seem like something completely basic.

Now that I have a budget (and figuring out what budgeting method works for me took some time), and more importantly I planned out my saving goals I’m more hesitant to spend money, go on splurges and add to the things I already own.

I don’t think I would be as ready to take on the world of low impact living and zero waste without these skills. What skills do YOU consider essensial? Is there anything I should learn on top of these three? Let me know!

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