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The call to live a waste-free life is stronger now more than ever.

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I wrapped up my tour in Muenster, Germany, for a #TEDx talk (my third one!). A wonderful event filled with wonderful speakers, incl. ma compatriot @beranger_gras, whose voice and piano skills wowed the whole audience. Make sure to look him up if you visit Berlin! -I'll post my talk's link on my FB page as soon as I get it. Stay tuned! —– J'ai termine ma tournee avec a un arret en Allemagne, a Muenster, pour un TEDx talk. Un evenement plein de belles rencontres, dont celle de mon compatriote @beranger_gras qui a seduit l'audience avec sa voix et des capacites au piano surprenantes. A ne pas manquer si vous vous arretez a Berlin! -Je partagerai le lien de ma conference sur ma page FB des que je l'obtiens. —– #zerowaste #zerodechet #zerowastehome #tournee #ontour

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Bea Johnson is a pioneer of sorts in this cause. She made the switch a little over ten years ago and the 45-year-old France native, currently residing in California, said that her life and that of her family changed for the better. “We not only feel happier,” she said, “We also lead more meaningful lives based on experiences instead of stuff.”

The trash of Johnson’s family for the whole 2017 fits a mason jar.

Her lifestyle, detailed in a bestselling book called Zero Waste Home, launched a global movement inspiring others to live a waste-free life.

In the Philippines, the prevalent use of single-use plastic remains a hindrance. Bringing your own food containers and refillable bottles still seem like going the extra mile.

January also happens to be the country’s National Zero Waste Month.

We would like to remind everyone that January is National Zero Waste Month. Let us be mindful of the waste we create.#NationalZeroWasteMonth#ZeroWaste#7RofZeroWaste

Posted by DENR National Capital Region on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Johnson goes by five simple steps in her zero-waste lifestyle.

Refuse

Refuse what you do not need. Politely decline freebies at parties, fairs, and conferences. You don;t need that free pen or notepad. Even leaflets distributed at random areas you pass by is just another unnecessary waste you have to deal with.

Reduce

Reduce what you do need and cannot refuse. Look around your home first and declutter what you don’t need. You can donate items that are still in good condition, too. When you go to the grocery or mall, make sure to stick to your shopping list. The less you bring home, the less waste.

Reuse

Reuse what you consume, and cannot refuse or reduce. Swap disposables for reusables: a handkerchief over tissue, a refillable bottle over a plastic cup, and a shopping tote over plastic bag. Not only do you deal with less waste, you also save bucks on buying something you can never use more than once.

Recycle

Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, and reuse. This should be the last resort, however. You should ask yourself first if you’ve refused, reduced, and reused first. Buy in bulk or secondhand as much as possible. If you need to buy new, however, choose glass, metal, or cardboard. Plastic may be recycled but much of it ends up in the landfill or the ocean. It also helps to know your city’s recycling policies.

Rot 

Compost the rest of your waste. Much of your kitchen trash can be composted so it’s easier to turn your kitchen bin into one large compost receptacle.

When are you adapting the zero waste lifestyle?

Featured Image by Madel Crudo

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