Zero Waste is a philosophy 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 or incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.
That’s a dictionary definition.. To put it more simply, zero waste is a lifestyle rooted in behavioral change resulting in the reuse of non-perishable items. In economic terms, zero waste is modeled after a circular economy which is explained in the picture below.
Btw, if you haven’t had a chance to check out eco-cycle, feel free to do so now!
Reducing and reusing materials create even more jobs in rental and sharing businesses (e.g. car-sharing, tool rental), repair and tailoring, and reuse businesses. Local money is spent on local jobs and stays within the community instead of leaving the community to buy imported products.
Zero waste promotes social equity and builds community. A zero waste approach can build community capacity, support marginalized communities and protect community health.
Community-based zero waste strategies like composting at a community garden, tool sharing and skills sharing to reuse and repair, build capacity to reduce waste and costs.
A zero waste strategy needs to ensure everyone has access to tools to reduce, reuse and recycle waste where they live, work and play. This allows everyone to participate in protecting our environment.
A zero waste approach also protects the health of communities by reducing pollution in the air, water and soil by keeping toxics and waste out of landfills and incinerators.
I want to be very frank here. Not everyone cares. And that’s okay. If you’re reading this then you care. The capacity for each individual to change their behavior will vary greatly but if you’re here then I am here with you and for you. What is listed below is not in order of importance. These steps can be done simultaneously or randomly when it fits for you and your lifestyle. I’m taking a different approach here. This is not about the environment, this is about people, but more specifically its about you living a life presently and actively. So here are some ways you can change up your routine: