The call to live a waste-free life is stronger now more than ever.
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.”
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.
Johnson goes by five simple steps in her zero-waste lifestyle.
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 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 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 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.
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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