I was a judger.
Now let me explain. When I first got into zero waste, I started getting really amped and excited for all things anti-plastic, and saving the environment, and making all these switches in our home, blah blah blah. I started seeing all the scary facts of how the world is literally in a downward spiral and it gave me this sense of urgency and this need to push the same agenda on everyone else. “Save the planet! Ditch your plastic water bottles! Get rid of that item, it’s PLASTIC!” And maybe, just maybe I judged everyone (at least in my mind) who wasn’t doing all the awesome things I was doing *insert look of guilt and shame here*
I was that person for awhile... I would judge not understanding that it is a privilege as an individual to be “zero waste” and I see it happen on many social media platforms. Not everyone has the same access that I have. Not everyone has clean water and can ditch their single use water bottles. Not everyone has access to bulk stores or even a Whole Foods. Some people are still using up single use items in their home. Some people live too far to walk or bike places. I was ignorant to what other people’s lives and circumstances might look like compared to mine. Don’t be like me.
Everyone’s low waste journey will look different. You can’t judge someone on their ability to make changes that they aren’t ready for/literally cannot make/haven’t made yet. If you have the privilege to have access to things that allow you to reduce your waste, that’s amazing! Do your part, share your journey, but please do not shame those who don’t have the same access as you! A lot more good can be done for the planet when we all celebrate each other’s small wins rather than shame each other for not being perfect. - 42 seconds ago