Since my last post on our small, big wedding over a year ago, my perspective on the way we consume has changed drastically. Through the months that we spent upcycling decór for the wedding, I believed that upcycling and recycling were the best ways to deal with the trash that we generate, or the things that we accumulate in the course of our lives. Once we moved into our new home, my husband and I began to segregate our trash right from the start. We had a system in place, where an organisation would come pick up our mountain of washed plastics, cardboard and paper to be recycled, and we’d then start our quarterly cycle of trash collection and segregation with an empty trash can and a clear conscience all over again.
With the rollout of GST last year, all our trusted sources for recycling waste shut shop abruptly, and we were left with a huge carton of trash that we didn’t know what to do with. We had half a year’s worth of non-biodegradable trash piled up in our home, and nobody wanted to recycle it anymore. Our hearts ached at the thought of it ending up in a landfill. It was in that moment that we realised that we were only able to reuse or upcycle a small part of our trash, and what we really needed to do to bring about a significant change was to REDUCE our usage of non-biodegradable material.
Ever since, we’ve been trying to run a zero-waste household, making a conscious effort to only buy the things that we need, and looking for sources that are selling them packaging-free. Reusing and upcycling continue to be a huge a part of our lifestyle, as all the wonderful people involved with our small, big wedding taught me to give things a new lease of life, and to love old things in new ways.
Today, I decided to treat myself with a viewing of our beautiful wedding photos ( all by John & Iliangna aka J&I Studios), which reminded me of how our zero-waste journey began. I’m sharing some photos of how the beautiful backdrop of my haldi and mehendi came into being, with our friends and family coming together to decorate the space just before the celebrations began. My heart is bursting with affection for each one of these humans.
Going forward, I’ll be sharing experiences from our zero waste journey. It hasn’t been easy, since we’ve all gotten so used to the convenience of plastic-packed everything. But seeing the size of our mountain of trash getting smaller and smaller each time, I feel happy at the very core of my being.