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The ZW section aims to be a resource for those trying to live a waste free lifestyle, by providing you with useful tips and swaps, as well as discussing the challenges.

 

Posts on how to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair items will be under this category.

The ZW section aims to be a resource for those trying to live a waste free lifestyle, by providing you with useful tips and swaps, as well as discussing the challenges.

Posts on how to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair items will be under this category.

 

 

Zero Waste’?

 

How much waste does you family generate in a day? Multiply that by 365 days to get a glimpse of how much trash your family is sending to the landfill every year.  In 2010, 3.5 million tonnes of waste per day. Click here to learn more about the world’s waste problem.

The Zero Waste International Alliance defines the movement as:

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. The same guidelines go for the term ‘circular economy’, which is used as opposed to the term ‘linear economy’ which describes today’s ‘take, make, dispose’ model.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

‘Zero waste to landfill’ is widely used as as a set goal or Key Performance Indicator for many companies.  For example: Toyota, Portakabin Group, and Unilever.

 

 

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Landfill site

 

What is a ‘Zero Waste Lifestyle‘?

 

As businesses set this goal, many individuals have also taken on the challenge of sending nothing to landfill, reducing their carbon footprint and reducing the amount of waste in all other forms; this has been labelled as a zero waste lifestyle.  The movement has gained momentum everyday by people who are reevaluating the way they approach the concept of trash thanks to leaders of the movement, like Bea Johnson, is who inspired me to reduce my waste.

Technically, zero waste means not creating any waste at all, but naturally, that may not be possible, but we can work towards reducing our waste as much as we can.

Reducing the amount of waste you produce requires following Johnson’s prophetic 5 Rs:

We will also add, ‘Repair’ to this list.

That being said, zero waste living does solely entail fitting a year’s worth of trash into a tiny jar – a common practice amongst zero waste figures and bloggers.

Rather than using the term zero waste, some prefer to say and follow a low waste or low impact  lifestyle, because zero waste appears to be too restrictive and seems to exclude other environmental concerns, like personal carbon or water footprints.

Any movement is not without its’ criticism. People will tell you that you’re not making a difference, because you are only one individual, but the whole purpose is to reduce waste on an individual level and to inspire others to follow your example. Less waste, healthier eating habits and becoming more self-reliant are by-products of the zero waste movement that every participant will enjoy.

 

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Purchasing in bulk can help you reduce your packaging waste tremendously

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