What is Zero Waste? How can you start doing it right away?
You might have heard the term “Zero Waste Living” but do you know the actual meaning of it?
Well, Zero Waste is more like a philosophy that encourages humans to redesign the life cycles (how resources are being used) so that all the products can be reused again. The primary goal of this movement is to free the landfills or incinerators from trash. It seems interesting when listening to it for the first time, however, the process is not as simple as you think. If you try to dive deep to understand this term, you might kill your enthusiasm for zero waste living before you even begin it. So, let’s find out what baby steps you can take to initiate this movement.
How to get started? (Baby Steps)If you wish to have a change, then it starts with you. You can start living a zero waste life by changing your habits that produce waste. Here are some of the steps that you can consider for the first time.
“Slow changes nurture the world we want better than quick fixes.”
- Stop buying plastic bottles: It starts with you and your home! One of the biggest culprits contaminating oceans and seas are plastic bottles. Millions of plastic bottles are bought around the globe every minute. This is one of the biggest sources of plastic ocean pollution. The speed at which we are consuming the plastic bottles, chances are in the near future we will have all plastic bodies. Considering the terrifying environmental impact and also the sheer amount that people spend on purchasing bottles while having safe water to consume-why are people still buying them? Think about it and start with your home. Buy and use the many reusable water bottle options available today.
- Reusable bags: One more step in the easy way to a zero waste lifestyle is to switch to reusable cloth bags to bring to the store for shopping. According to a survey, almost 1 trillion plastic bags are being used and trashed which is insane. The best alternative is to take cloth bags to the store and carry home your items in them. Some stores even offer a small discount for bringing in your own bags.
- Stop wasting food: Food waste is becoming a huge problem around the world as 40% of the food that we grow goes to waste. We have discovered thousands of ways to grow excess food but not a single way to value it. So, from today on, take an oath that you will not waste food at any cost and only buy and/or order what you will consume. Always take home any leftovers, either to eat or compost.
- Say No to freebies: Most of the problems are due to freebies. Whether it is about promotional pens, bags or the packets of junk that we get at the dentist’s office, all these freebies are not good for our surroundings. These use a ton of resources to create. So, the question is: do you actually need them? A big no!
- Zero Waste helps in reducing climate impact: Focus on reducing, recycling and reusing can play a great part in the overall climate changes and effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Minimize pollution: The best positive impact of zero waste is there is less use of resources which alternatively reduces pollution from disposal, manufacturing, and extraction.
- Social equity and build community: With a Zero Waste approach, creating a strong community is built right in. It supports large and small communities as well as promotes community health.