I am really getting into this zero waste lifestyle and everything that goes along with it, ie: minimalism, organization, and healthy/green lifestyles, etc. I am getting so into it that everyday I go to work at my “nine to five” job and all I can think about is all the issues with trash and plastic waste. I’m that person who stays awake at night worrying about third world countries and all of their trash, and what that’s doing to our world. But then I also worry about all the trash on the side of the freeway I see every day, and how is that going to make it into the ocean and how do I stop it? (Fun story: I did call the police station and ask if I could clean it up, they thought I was nuts and hung up.)
In any case, I want to make this my career. I want to be able to pay bills and help clean up this planet. I want to be able to make money while helping people reduce their waste and clean out their lives. So far, I have no idea what I’m doing. I had my first zero waste class which was one my favorite things so far about zero waste – but I lost money in doing so. I had a lot of positive feedback from family and friends about my zero waste starter kits though, so I’m thinking about creating an online store where I can sell those – but that’s not gonna pay my rent. (see picture below)
Yes, they’re cute and yes they’ll help save a cup or a straw here and there, but they’re not going to solve the world waste issue. I know you have to start small, but I’m too small right now. I want to know how to get a job helping clean up this planet.
At first I thought I’d start this blog, because people make money from blogs – right? Then I found out people can make money from instagram, people do that – right? Then I remembered I’m not @yogagirl and even if I was, that didn’t happen over night.
My current idea is to start consulting for people. Maybe charge a flat rate fee or a percentage of a client’s groceries and go with them to the market and teach them how to do all of their shopping, zero waste style. Then teach them how to make that food. How to store that food. How to go about their daily lives with that food. Sort of along the lines of a life coach, except I won’t care about your cat. I’ll care about your trash and how you’re impacting the world on a sustainable level. No offense to your cat, I’m sure you have a very nice cat. The current problem with this idea is I would need to start a client base, and once I have one client, I’d immediately lose that client – unless they want to be taught twice? That’s not financially sound or reliable.
I know that sustainability is a huge market and there are jobs out there, the problem with my interests is I want to change how people live and not make sure a building is LEED certified. Although green businesses make me super happy, I don’t think that’s where the majority of our waste is coming from. I want to slowly change a neighborhood,then a community, and then the whole city. I want to infect a curiosity in everyone as to where their trash goes, and how every purchase of anything is a vote on what you want the big corporations to produce. If we all demanded bulk foods, super markets would only have bulk foods. Corporations can only sell to a buyers market, they’ll change if we change.
If anyone has any ideas on where to start, please let me know. I want to change the everyday person, and I don’t want to work for a corporation – unless that corporation had a lot of small offices all over the country that were connected to local government. If you’re reading this in Nashville and want to learn more or be my guinea pig to test out my “consultant” theory of making money – let me know. I really want to be able to do something I love and choose to work everyday doing something that makes a difference.