Zero Waste

Zero+Waste

Rachell Uribe, Staff Writer

Since the 19 century, climate change movements and activism has increased. Evidence such as global temperatures increasing, warming oceans, glacial retreats, extreme natural events, and ocean acidification are only some of many scientific evidence reported by NASA. We as individuals think that we can not do much to help save the planet. That is not the case, America should adopt movements that other such as Sweden and other European countries are developing into.

Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resources, so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean; therefore, being eco-friendly. 

For beginners the first goal should be to decrease waste, not go straight to zero because it is harder and is recommended to gradually move into it. Minimalist lifestyle is all about living with less. For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than possessions.

How does someone begin this process? Start by trading out everyday disposable or single use items with reusable ones that are eco-friendly such as wood or bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes and reusable water bottles. Something highly recommended is a filtered water pitcher, it helps minimize plastic bottle wastes. Reusable food containers and reusable grocery bags and produces such as mesh bags, is something to start working into to form a habit of turning down plastic. 

Some highly recommended companies are seventhgeneration, patagonia, toms, paperculture, whogivesacrap, and imperfectfoods. American eco-friendly businesses have increased 54 percent in the previous year. Imperfect Foods are sent straight to your home without the excess packaging. Who gives a crap used recycled paper and bamboo and turns it into toilet paper. Paper culture prints invitations and customized cards but also plants trees per every order.

Transitioning to zero waste is not only beneficial for the planet but as well as for yourself. Anything that is designed to be thrown out sooner is made out of cheap and harmful substances. For an example cotton pads/rounds are bleached and then used on skin. Bamboo pads and cotton cloths are chemical free and as well as reusable. So the next time you throw something away ask yourself this, are you going to repurchase that product or buy the eco-friendly version of it?