So what exactly is zero waste? Zero waste is aiming to send nothing to the landfill. It's about reducing what we need, reusing as much as possible, sending as little to be recycled and composting what we cannot.
The goal of zero waste to write trash out of existence, trying to create a system in which all resources can be fully consumed back into our system.
Landfills are super toxic. Methane emissions are emitted and toxins leach into the soil which in turn run off into the ocean or ground when it rains.
A lot of trash doesn't even make it into the landfill. It clutters on the roadsides or ends up swirling into the ocean.
Unfortunately we can't recycle our way out of this. There's too much to process and we're consuming too much at a very fast rate. Recycling isn't the solution...it helps, but we have to lessen our dependence. Did you know that only 9% of plastic gets recycled?
One person can really make a difference. Zero waste isn't about changing your lifestyle over completely 100%. It's about starting small and doing what you can. You have the decision to positively impact the planet.
Ask yourselves these questions:
- How did you get to work today?
- How do you buy your groceries?
- What did you eat today?
- What are you buying?
You see, everything is interconnected.
So how can you start?
- Use eco-friendly shopping bags
- Use you own lunch box
- Get takeout using your own containers
- Bring your own cup
- Use plastic-free alternatives
- Bring your own cutlery
- Use reusable straws
- Refuse single-use products
Just start with one thing and then keep adding. You'll see it's not so hard. And you'll be helping keeping our earth clean.