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Zero Waste

An Achievable New Year’s Resolution?

Take a moment to think about how much rubbish you have accumulated over the last week. With it being Christmas I would imagine much more than usual. Do you have a large dustbin that sits outside waiting to be emptied each week? Is that even enough to handle the trash that you throw out or do you have additional bags pileup next to it?

Could you imagine changing your family into one that lives a zero waste lifestyle?

In the last 100 years humans have produced more waste than in the rest of humankind before us. Is it possible to turn our situation around as fast?

When you throw your trash ‘away’….where does it even go?

Let’s Pretend It’s Not Here

Conventional means of dealing with household waste have invariably involved methods of trying to hide the rubbish, or make it disappear somehow. Digging massive holes into the Earth and dumping mounds of junk into it. Incinerating piles of garbage to vanish into thin air. We know that is not the whole story.

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Landfills slowly pollute the soil with chemicals and contaminants that leach into the ground. This in turn makes it’s way to our crops and of course the water supply. Incinerating trash pumps noxious gases into our atmosphere, the air that we breathe and also finds it’s way to the water that we rely on.

Refuse does not simply disappear and trying to bury our heads in the sand by hiding it from our sight will not change the mounting problem.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste is more than a strategy to drastically reduce the amount of things that we discard. It is also a philosophy to live by, a new goal for life. It is looking at the issue of waste and addressing it from it’s very source.

Waste is a sign of inefficiency, it is a manufacturing mistake and we have the power to eradicate it entirely if we change the way we look at the products that we consume. Start to consider items with the end result in mind. Can it be Re-used? Repaired? Recycled? Composted? If the answer to all of these is no, then simply do not buy it!

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