What is Zero-Waste?
… and how easy is it?
To put it simply, being zero-waste is the aim to send nothing to landfill. The concept is to reduce what you need, to reuse as much as possible and to send a small amount to be recycled.
The reason behind a zero-waste lifestyle is due to the current disposable society we live in, where a lot of our resources come in single-use packaging, and the extensive amount of them we are consuming.
Landfills are not good for the environment or our waste as they don’t allow our products to properly decompose. We are currently consuming and disposing of so much that there are too many products to recycle, and recycling shouldn’t be our first port of call.
The best way to start a zero-waste lifestyle is to use up the products you already have before switching to more sustainable products. There is no point throwing out all the things you own that aren’t zero-waste just because they contain plastic, by doing that you are creating more waste by not fully using the products you already have. Also, try reducing and reusing products more. By reducing what you buy to things that you need, and by implementing a wait of 30 days before buying something you want, this ensures that everything you buy will be used for as long as possible and that you truly want it. By reusing things you already have (like glass jars instead of buying plastic containers, reusing plastic bags or containers you already have etc) this will create less waste than if you replaced them or threw them away.
My current goal is to try and be as low-waste as possible by adjusting what and how much I buy, and becoming completely zero-waste is definitely a goal of mine. It will definitely be a challenge to reduce the amount of waste I produce but each time I use up a disposable or unsustainable product then I will replace it with a good quality, zero-waste product.
I’ll be documenting the swaps I make and share my favourites on here to hopefully encourage some of you to reduce your waste, so stay tuned! Comment down below your thoughts on a zero-waste lifestyle, and any tips you may have!
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