I understand that the term Zero Waste may not be familiar to most people, so I thought my first post should cover the basics of what it actually means, and how I view it in relation to my own lifestyle.
Good ol’ Wikipedia defines Zero Waste as:
“A philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.”
Essentially the aim is to eliminate the one-way cycle of non-reusable resources that are ultimately a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. The movement targets not only personal use of these items but also draws attention to and seeks to change the underlying systems that lead to the production of this trash.
This can all seem very overwhelming and unchangeable… But I am a believer in the power we have to make positive changes in our own lives, the lives of those around us, and in the wider world. It has to start somewhere, right?
At this point, my personal journey to be waste free is very simple. I am actively reducing my use of products and packaging that are non-recyclable and non-compostable. To many people this might seem an impossible task, but it is actually incredibly simple and what’s more, it has had such a positive impact on my life. I now eat better food, spend less money, and use my time and space more effectively.
I am excited to share my personal achievements, challenges and ideas with you, as well as hopefully inspire some sustainable practices in the lives of others. Although it’s definitely a work in progress, luckily enough it is simple, cost effective, fun, and entirely possible for everyone!