Going zero waste is a behavioural change.

In order to change our behaviour, we need to be self-aware. We gotta be mindful. With mindfulness comes the ability to manage ourselves when external factors come into play.

Let’s make some observations on how sociology impacts the way we behave:

  • Respectful language. Observe the way we talk about the environmental crisis. Is it productive? Are there bouts of anxiety or strain? Is anyone saying “you should…” instead of “have you considered…”?
  • Accept hypocrisy. Are you a vegan cat-owner, a chain-smoking environmental activist or a road-tripping zero waster? Take note of your own imperfections and accept others. We need to reduce polarisation if we’re going to work together.
  • Mental barriers. Do convenience or peer pressure play a part in your behaviour? Do you worry about appearing a certain way? Are you organised? What factors make you less likely to change?
  • Bias. Observe and listen to how we interact, then flip the genders, race or status. Would these individuals get the same response from their peers if they were born differently? Take note of all forms of bias.

Whoah there! We’re nowhere near solutions yet. It’s lovely if you’re eager to jump to actions but it might be counterproductive. I struggle big time with this discipline. I want to brainstorm instead of reflect. Be patient. We’ll get to actions in part 2 of my OOPS principles of behavioural change.

Spoiler alert: We won’t rid the world of discrimination. We won’t achieve world peace. I’m smart but I ain’t THAT smart.