Zero Waste

3rd March 2020

Apparently there is a day called ‘Overshoot Day’. This day changes from year to year and it tells us when we have used up the world’s resources for the year. Last year Overshoot Day was on the 29th of July, meaning that per year, we use one and a half Earths worth of resources, which is completely unsustainable. The Overshoot website created a fun questionnaire to find out how much damage there would be if everyone lived like you. You can have a turn and find out your’s through this link (https://www.footprintcalculator.org/). Mine is higher than I’d like to admit which is why attempting Zero-waste living, is so important. “Zero-waste living means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum—a worthy goal considering that a plastic bag could take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill.” (MotherEarthLiving.com).


One of the best fashions of the 2010’s and 2020’s has been the popularity of taking care of our planet. Although the discussion through political debates have been a little touch and go, pop culture has made caring for the environment the new ‘in’ thing. Sometimes it can get overwhelming finding the balance between what is sustainable for you and what is sustainable for the planet but here are a few easier ones that can make a big difference;

  • Carry around a reusable water bottle, straw and cutlery. These can be found at any department store in a little travel case.
  • Get rid of single use kitchenware from your house and invest in durable kitchenware for picnics and kids’ parties, instead of pesky disposable plates.
  • Use jars and glassware to store things in, from leftovers to stationary.
  • Bring your own jars and bags to the shops for fresh produce and meats
  • Buy whatever you can in bulk
  • Use worn out clothes as cloths for cleaning, instead of buying a new cloths
  • Make sure your washing machine is full before washing clothes, on a cold cycle and line dried
  • Sign up for electronic bills and card statements instead of having it posted to you
  • Use cloth napkins for dinner
  • Recycle meat containers

I think a big thing we can all change is our buying habits. I personally didn’t stop to think about how big of an impact this has on the environment. Buying less is the easiest way to help the planet. This can be done by avoiding compulsive buys or reducing the number of things you need to buy. For example, making your own natural skin care products or buying rechargeable batteries or refillable pens. When you need to buy something, try buying second hand or buying things that will biodegrade.

A bigger challenge to Zero-Waste living is composting. This gets rid of food scraps, eliminates need for bin liners, lowers your carbon footprint and reduces landfill.

 

References

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-zero-waste-living

https://zerowastehome.com/tips/

https://www.sustainablejungle.com/zero-waste/zero-waste-tips/

https://www.motherearthliving.com/healthy-home/zero-waste-living-zmfz15jfhou