Monthly Archives: August 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Relationship With The Zero Waste Community

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Hello everybody! I hope you’re all well. If you don’t know where I am at the moment, you probably don’t follow me on social media, or perhaps the notifications bell isn’t on, or perhaps the new algorithms are just drowning my posts; honestly it’s hard to be sure at this point. Anyway, if you’re interested I’ve left a link in the top of the post.

I just really wanted to talk about our community for a second, because I think I need to. I’ve been interested in zero waste for over 4 years now, and I’ve been blogging and documenting my journey every step of the way; this means that I got involved with the online zero waste community quite quickly.  I’ve been art of online communities before, art fora, photography fora and as many of you know, social fashion and beauty platforms as well. However, I have never before been a part of, or even seen, a community which such an amazing ability to care for each other as the zero waste community.

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I’ve shown you guys huge parts of my journey and my life, and not all of them have been perfect or ideal or even positive. I’ve recently shared bits of some mental health issues in context of my stay in Beijing and why I decided to come home after only two weeks. Last year I told you how I broke off my engagement 4 months before the wedding and I’ve also let you guys know how I have utilised tattoos to improve my body perception and my eating disorder. I’ve shared these personal details because I want to be honest and not just some Instagram ideal that isn’t actually real.

Anyway, my point is that through all of these semi-tough announcements, the community around which I have build my platform has shown itself to be kind, accepting, loving and most of all supportive. I don’t know if the notion of zero waste just exclusively appeals to the kindest hearted people, or whether or not it is because the foundation of the community is based off something so utterly caring and unselfish, as caring for the plant in spite of difficulties and inconveniences.  Whatever it is, I am so massively grateful to a part of a community that cares so much and shows this amount of support. It makes it way easier to be real and honest when I feel that I am welcome in spite of imperfections or failures. I encourage everyone to bring this sort of kindness into the world.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Visiting China’s Only Zero Waste Shop // THE BULK HOUSE

Hello everybody! I had the amazing opportunity to meet up with the owner of China’s only zero waste shop right here in Beijing. It’s the funniest thing actually, I got in contact with Carrie, the amazing and brilliant woman who runs the shop, through an Instagram follower, and we got connected on WeChat. Without having decided on a day to meet up, I end up walking right by the store whilst searching for a vintage shop. It’s quite mental considering how massive Beijing actually is.

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I got to hear a lot about the store and how it opened. I know that generally zero waste initiatives are more difficult than other stores, but in the case of The Bulk House, it’s a whole other level. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the people how run this place despite the obstacles in China, and it was definitely an extremely inspirational meeting.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Trying To Be Vegan and Zero Waste in China

Hello everybody! I thought, as I possibly won’t upload as frequently as I usually do, I would start a series of everyday moments, in which I can be more personal. I moved to Beijing, China since my last post, so I most certainly feel that calls for an update. I got a few comments regarding the nature of air travel, and I do completely agree that it can be unnecesary and polluting, but when there are no other options, you gotta do what you gotta do. I like to think that neither of us are completely perfect, and I do love to travel.  Zero Waste is going to be interesting here, and I have to rethink and reinvent everything from scratch, which is difficult, but also really exciting.

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I’ve been scouting my area, which is called Jiuxian, for vegan restaurants and options. I do not know much Chinese, but so far I get by on the basics and the comfort of a translation app. I’ve accepted that some infomation will ultimately get lost in translation, so the chance of eating something with fishsauce or milk powder in it is pretty big, but eventhough it makes my stomach turn I try to accept that I probably won’t be perfect in that aspect either. However, and this is the case whereever you’re travelling; it’s all about intention. I go with my gut and avoid everything that seems suspicious, there is really nothing else to do. I am still in a rookie phase here, so I am exploring local grocery stores and supermarkets, hopefully I’ll have time to go and find a Farmer’s Market or something of that nature.

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Everything is very different and new and that in itself is quite scary. The apartment I am living in, and sharing with two others, was in much worse condition than I imagined and that really affected my mood on the first day, well both that and the jetlag. But I’ve decorated it a bit and made it feel more like home; a process which required me to purchase some things, I tried making it as package free as possible, but of course there was some waste. I cannot wait to give you the tour though. I know some of the big things I do have a huge impact on our planet, like buying new things and travelling for work. But living without these things would not simply be inconvient, it would be an empty life; seeing the world and a home that feels like home are essential to me, however plastic bags, straws, take away containers, fast fashion, meat, dairy and eggs are not. I try to stay true to my values in those aspects that really matters to me personally.

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