Going Zero Waste

What does zero waste mean?

 Zero waste encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products can be reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. … Zero waste is more of a goal rather than a hard target.

Zero Waste is all about reducing the amount one consumes and consequently throws away. Having a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of the most sustainable ways of living.

Ways to live trash-free.

  • Ditch Plastic Packaging. Glass and stainless-steel containers can be cleaned and reused over and over again, and they are easily transported.
  • Minimize Food Waste. Revamp leftovers, re purpose food scraps into jams and sauces, and stretch your food dollar by meal planning and only getting what you will use.
  • Set Up A Countertop Compost Bin. These are so handy, once the small bin is full, remove compost to an outdoor compost pile. If you don’t have an outdoor compost you can put food waste into compostable trash bags, and put in your council organics bin.
  • Eliminate Disposable Paper Products. Rather than paper towels and napkins, choose reusable cloth versions. You’ll save money over costly disposables in no time.
  • Eliminate Disposable plates, bowls cups etc. Instead, use regular reusable dishes. If you need a single-use option, you can get certified compostable disposable ones.
  • Avoid Plastic Bags. Start using big shopping bags that are made from cloth, canvas, mesh recycled/recyclable plastic. You can buy these for about $1 from eco friendly stores like mine, and supermarkets etc.
  • Bring Your Lunch. And Utensils. Disposable lunches (to-go packaging, traditional plastic utensils, etc) generate 45kg of trash per person every year. Bring your lunch in a reusable lunch box, with reusable/ compostable cutlery like bamboo cutlery.
  • Water Bottles and coffee cups. Use metal or glass water bottles and reusable cups throughout the day for water or coffee.
  • Separate Your Waste. Keep food and kitchen scraps, garden waste, and recyclables separate.
  • Say no to the plastic straw. Instead take your own stainless steel, Bamboo or Silicone straws.

Benefits of reducing waste.

  • Less waste going to landfill.
  • less use of natural resources.
  • lower CO2 emissions – eg from producing, transporting and using materials and recycling or disposing of the waste materials.
  • lower risk of pollution incidents.

Blog by, Leeanne’s Sustainable Solutions.com.au

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