According to Wikipedia, Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused.
The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean. The definition adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)is:
Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them, and without discharges to land, water or air that threaten the environment or human health.
How to start practice ZERO WASTE?
According to Center For EcoTechnology, Zero Waste is a movement to reduce the amount one consumes and consequently throws away.
Adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of the most sustainable ways of living. Zero Waste lifestyle choices influence all environmental areas by preventing resource extraction, reducing the amount of materials thrown or trash awat, and reducing pollution from producing, transporting, or disposing of materials.
Paula and Nairn started their zero waste journey 5 years ago after watching the ‘Trashed’ documentary. They immediately started reducing their waste by swapping items like plastic toothbrushes for bamboo ones. They admit that it can be challenging, especially with kids and pets, but they’re determined to continue reducing their waste and making it easier for others to do the same. They started off by sharing resources online, progressed to selling zero waste items at local markets, and finally opened a brick-and-mortar zero waste store in Victoria, BC nearly 3 years ago. Let’s watch the video below:
Zero Waste is often shown as something not easily accessible, or nearly impossible – but it’s actually very easy to take simple steps toward Zero Waste or Less Waste at first. In fact, when you adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle, it can also means a more affordable lifestyle. Composting, buying second-hand, sharing when you can, or packing your own lunch are all simple steps you can take toward Zero Waste, all while saving money too!
There are a variety of ways one can start practice Zero Waste habits, remember one step at a time! You can start by reducing waste first and slowly adopting to a more sustainable ZERO WASTE eventually.
The guide to 101 Zero Waste lifestyle:
- 4R (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle + Refuse)
- Reduce what we use
- Reuse what no longer works, by convert it to other means or purposes)
- Recycle when all previous options have been explored.
- Refuse what we do not need (for example, opt for strawless when dine in at restaurant, refuse for plastics packaging instead bring your own shopping bag!)
Remember what Chief Seattle quoted: ”
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