What is Zero Waste?

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Zero waste is a choice of life.

It is becoming aware of the waste produced on a daily basis.

Zero Waste means:

NO to packaging and disposable items,
YES to local production,
NO to harmful chemicals to our health and the environment,
NO to non-renewable energies

The zero waste lifestyle would imply little changes in our daily life to be environmental friendly and live in a healthy way. Even though you do not succeed in conducting a zero waste life, you can still modify some of your daily habits, making already a big difference.

As said Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”

market zero wasteYES to local production

Exporting and importing products to and from America, Africa or Asia pollutes more than buying the same products in our own region. The zero waste lifestyle promotes local production.

For example, if you live in Europe, it would be better to buy an orange imported from Spain than from South Africa.

NO to harmful chemicals to our health and the environment

We are surrounded by chemicals, and especially at home. Harmful chemicals can be found in the dish soap, cloth soap, toothpaste, deodorant and of course, in cleaning products. Natural solutions exist to replace those products. For example, I make my own cleaning products and cosmetics. I will share with you my recipes in a few weeks, going more into detail about the toxicity of each product.

NO to non-renewable energies

transport zero wasteNon-renewable energy = oil. There are different types of fossil fuels, but I will focus mainly on petroleum. Nowadays, it is becoming more difficult to extract oil. It is one of the most important causes of pollution, accelerating global warming. We already have the possibility to take action by deciding to walk, bike or use public transport instead of our car. If the car is the only option left, then carpooling is a good solution to reduce pollution.

You were thinking: “She forgot about the first part NO to packaging and disposable items”, nop nop nop, here it is. I wanted to talk about it at the end of this article because I think that by reducing/banishing packaging and disposable items in our daily life, we can ALL make a difference.

NO to packaging and disposable items (especially plastic)

Why is it important to say NO to packaging and disposable items?

zero waste bulkIt is because these objects will end up, sooner or later, in the bin. They will be at a certain point discarded in the environment, taking decades or hundreds of years to disappear.

We usually buy a lot of stuff for eating or to take care of ourselves. All these stuffs, that are essentials, in our daily life, are conditioning in plastic container/bags. The pasta, soap or the last fashion t-shirt will be pack in plastic in order to facilitate their transport. But the question that nobody asks is:

What happen to plastic packaging and disposable items?

Some will be put in the black bin and will go directly in landfill or will be incinerate. Others will be put in the recycling bin but will end up, after several uses, in the landfill.

Landfill, incineration = environmental destruction

We are surrounded by « waste »; we have got used to it to a point that we are no longer aware of it. In our kitchen, in our bathroom or in the streets, trash – or what will become trash one day – is everywhere.

Example of what will become trash

Kitchen: paper towel, dish soap container, sponge, empty bottle of oil…

Bathroom: toothbrush, shower gel and shampoo containers, cotton remover…

Americans produce on average 732 Kg of trash per year per person and French produce 390 Kg per year per person.

732 Kg of waste/year = 9 persons (weighing approximately 81 Kg)
390 Kg of waste/year = 5 persons (weighing approximately 78 Kg)

Little game

Today, after reading this article, I would like YOU to become aware of the waste you discard. I challenge you to count the number of items that you would throw away in one day at home, in your hotel or at work!

After realizing the amount of waste around you, you will probably ask me: “Ok, but what am I supposed to do now?” In a few weeks, I will write an article about how to reduce the amount of waste everyday.

If you really cannot wait 🙂 and you want to start to reduce your trashes right now; you can find out the solution by yourself looking on Internet, checking out this blog Trash for Tossers or reading the book of Béa Johnson.

So what do you think, would you let your trash affect the quality of your life?

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1 COMMENT

  1. Reading this article reminded me once again of my goals! The motivation also grows stronger as I am reminded of how much you do and how much I still can learn!

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