What is Zero Waste and how do I get started?
Zero Waste is a philosophy that is about producing as little waste as possible and therefore striving for zero waste. Zero Waste branches out into many different areas of everyday life, and with this post we hope to inspire you on how you can easily work to reduce your amount of waste and live more according to Zero Waste principles.
This is how the Zero Waste movement started
Zero Waste as a term was first used by the American environmental activist Bea Johnson, author of the book "The Zero Waste Home" from 2008. Bea Johnson has gained a lot of attention for her book - and not least for the fact that she herself lives almost with Zero Waste. All the waste that her family of four people and a dog produces in an entire year can fit into a single jam jar. It has to be said to be both impressive and inspiring, and even if you're not quite as cool as Bea Johnson, there's still a lot you can do to reduce your carbon footprint by being mindful of the waste your lifestyle generates .
The 5 Zero Waste principles
In her book, Bea Johnson defines the following five principles for a Zero Waste lifestyle:
- Refuse: Say no to things you don't need, including well-intentioned gifts, freebies, and more.
- Reduce: Cut down to what you actually need.
- Reuse: Use up your things and give them new life if possible so you can use them a little longer.
- Recycle: If something really needs to go out, send it for recycling.
- Rot: Everything that can be composted must be composted – including hair and nails.
10 tips to get closer to Zero Waste
You may already know where you can take advantage of to reduce your amount of waste, but if not, here we give you ten quick ways to get closer to Zero Waste.
- Say no to disposable straws at restaurants, or bring your own reusable straw .
- Take coffee from home in a thermos cup, thereby avoiding the coffee shop's cardboard to-go cups.
- Use products in solid form instead of liquid (hand soap, body cream, face cream).
- Fill a drinking bottle from home so you don't have to buy bottled water when you're on the go.
- Invest in a safety razor rather than several disposable razor blades.
- Choose reusable cotton swabs instead of disposable cotton swabs.
- Choose packaging-free foods – for example from our selection of loose-weight foods .
- Be aware of your consumption – and make a sport of not spending money.
- Take a small plate and cutlery with you on your trip, thereby avoiding disposable service at lunchtime.
- Switch to beauty products where the same packaging can be refilled.