JOURNEY TO ZERO WASTE #03

Is Zero Waste a lonely journey?

Lately, we have been listening to a lot of people saying that their zero waste journey is so lonely. When they try to explain why they are doing this, here are the common reply they get.

This is for your future generation.

“Sorry, I’m not married”

“Sorry, we don’t have any kids”

This is for a better earth.

“I’m not a hero/heroic.”

“This is what the government or big shot should think and do. Not a small potato like me.”

When they try to bring or use their own container to tapao and eat at company buffet session or try to reuse the plastic containers.

“Aiyo, why so mafan leh? One plastic bag only”

“Aiyo, you use dishwash and water to wash the container lagi waste lah”

Discouraged? Yes.

Frustrated? Yes.

Feel like giving up? Yes.

Stop zero waste? No!!!

In our current modern world, being complete ZERO WASTE is hardly possible when single use items are so convenient and cheap! But zero wasters are still doing it anyway because they are trying to do what they can. It might be lonely because maybe only less than 1% people in this Earth is doing this.

However, you can find your ‘friend’ when you noticed that person is doing this:

They use long-lasting, package-free products. Single-use product is like cancer to them.

They rather spend more on quality if that product can last longer. Sustainability is their principle of buying.

They are proud when someone says they are still using the same thing after 10 years.

They will scream if a bag of chilli secretly hiding in their own container after tapao outside.

They look like auntie going to a war when they buy groceries at wet market or supermarket.

They are super calm when people look mysteriously at them when they hand over their own container to buy everything.

You will also notice one similarity in them. They look happy. They seem weirdly proud of themselves. There is a sense of achievement in their face. Why? Because they did what they can; every single day. If this defines loneliness, then so be it.

So, are you up for this? Are you ready to do what you can? Are you ready to be lonely? Let’s be lonely together.

零浪费是一个孤独的旅程吗?

最近,我们一直在听很多人说,他们的零浪费之旅是如此寂寞。当他们试图解释为什么这样做时,这是他们得到的常见答复:

这是为了您的后代呀。

“对不起,我还没结婚”

“抱歉,我们没有任何孩子”

这是为了更好的地球。

“我不是英雄/英雄。”

“这是政府或大人物应该考虑和做的。像我这样的小人物根本改变不了什么啊。”

当他们在公司的自助餐会上尝试携带或使用自己的容器品尝小吃或尝试重新使用塑料容器时。

“ Aiyo,为什么要这样麻烦呢?一个塑料盘罢了”

“ Aiyo,你用洗碗水清洗那些罐子lagi浪费lah”

灰心?是。

沮丧吗?是。

想过要放弃吗?绝对想过。

停止零浪费生活?绝不!!!

在我们现代世界中,一次性使用的物品如此便捷,便宜时,几乎不可能实现完全零浪费!但是无论如何,零浪费者仍在这样做,因为他们正在尽力而为。这或许真很寂寞,因为地球上可能只有不到1%的人正在这样做。

但是,当您发现某人正在这样做时,您可以找到您的“朋友”:

他们会选择使用持久的无包装产品。一次性产品对他们来说就像癌症。

如果该产品可以持续更长的时间,他们宁愿在质量上花费更多。持续性是他们的购买原则。

当有人问为什么十年后仍在使用同样的东西时,他们会莫名的感到骄傲。

如果在外面打包回来,他们发现一包辣椒在他们的午餐盒里面的时候,他们会大喊大叫。

当他们在超市场购买食品时,他们会看起来就像是正在打仗,而不是买东西。

当他们交出自己的容器来购买所有东西时,人们会用神秘的眼光看着他们,但它们会非常镇定。

您也会注意到他们有一个共同点。他们看起来都很快乐。他们似乎为了这么点小事情而感到非常的骄傲。他们的脸上有成就感。为什么?因为他们每一天都在竭尽所能做他们认为对的事情。如果这定义了寂寞,那就继续寂寞吧。

Written by Kerry Sin
23 October 2020