Zero Waste: A Beginner's Guide

Principles of Zero Waste

Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention, that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Main benefit of zero waste is Save Money.  Since waste is a sign of inefficiency, the reduction of waste can reduce costs

In her book, Zero Waste Home, writer and activist Bea Johnson shares five principles for Zero Waste living. These principles have guide many around the world. 

  1. Refuse what you don’t need.  This eliminates unwanted items from coming into your home including all those promotional items you’re offered, along with things like junk mail and plastic bags.
  2. Reduce what you do use. This equals less waste overall. 
  3. Reuse whatever you can. Can you buy or sell second-hand your clothes or household items? Reusing also means swapping disposable products for reusable ones, like our Reusable Produce Bag or other zero waste items. 
  4. Recycle what you can’t refuse or reduce. Saving resources from the waste stream by recycling is one option, but keep in mind that some items will not recycle indefinitely and will end up in the landfill at the end of their (often short) lifespan. These are the items that zero wasters try to avoid.
  5. Rot what’s left over. Composting food scraps, paper pieces, and wooden or bamboo toothbrushes returns nutrients and fiber back to the earth.

Zero waste is a big challenge, and the first step to any challenge is understanding. As an exercise, think of the last three items you purchased.  Could they be used again (reuse)?  Were they made with recyclable materials and can they be recycled (reducing resources)?

Hope this information was helpful and at least made you think more of where you can add zero waste into your home. visit our Zero Waste Collection for some amazing options. 

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