Welcome to the No Waste Bee! My name is Aarti Sehdev, and I am on the journey to living a zero waste lifestyle.
I am a neurobiologist working in Konstanz, studying how honeybees are able to track odours. My love for biology created my enthusiasm for studying and protecting nature, and since I was made conscious of the negative impact humans are having on the environment, I always tried to follow a green path. I did the usual stuff: using minimal electricity and water, walking and taking public transport, recycling when possible… but it never felt like enough.
Then one day, I stumbled across a website called “Trash is for Tossers”. Here I was introduced to the “zero waste lifestyle” of Lauren Singer, a woman living in New York that could fit all of her rubbish from the last two years into a mason jar. I was astonished. The waste I was producing was something I had never really thought about, where all that rubbish I was chucking in the bin was ending up. And so I started doing what I do best. Researching. I read through hundreds of articles telling me about the huge amount of rubbish ending up in the ground, in the atmosphere and worst of all, in the ocean. I learnt about the great ocean garbage patch, the houses built on landfill that stank of rubbish, how little of the waste we produce actually gets recycled. I was mortified about the stories of animals being trapped, injured and poisoned by plastic, and the potential harmful effects it could have on us. It was on this day that I realised that everything had to change.
In October 2015, I decided that it was time to take on a zero waste lifestyle. And what better inspiration to have, not only from people like Lauren Singer, but also from the very insects I work with: honeybees. These incredible animals have created their own miniature societies right in front of our eyes, and they do not produce any waste that is harmful to their own health or that of the environment around them.
I have chosen to cut out plastic first, as I believe that is the most toxic material we use, both to ourselves and the world around us. Many of the plastic things produced today are unnecessary, cheaply mass-produced objects for convenience or short-lived trends. From here I hope to move away from other packaging like tetrapacks and unnecessary metal, paper or card. Recycling is an answer to the rubbish problem, but the only way we can start creating a greener, cleaner planet is by preventing that trash from ending up in the bin in the first place.
Taking on a green movement like this can be scary when not many of your friends do it or you don’t know much about it, which is why it is so beneficial to share the knowledge we have. That is why I have created a map, marking out places across the globe that you can go to buy products that are environmentally friendly, with little plastic packaging or are organic. So join me on my journey from a traditional rubbish chucker to a healthy, zero waste lifestyle. I know that this will be a tough path to follow, but the long term benefits will be extraordinary for my mental and physical health, my surroundings and for the whole world.
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