What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

 

From the Zero Waste International Alliance (2018):

“Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”

Why does Zero Waste matter?

 

Our current destructive linear economy is dependent on endless growth, but you cannot have endless growth on a finite planet.

“Zero Waste redesigns our systems and resource use – from product design to disposal – to prevent resource depletion, conserve energy, mitigate climate change, reduce water usage, prevent toxins creation, and stop ecosystem destruction.

Zero Waste then captures our discards and uses them, instead of virgin natural resources, to make new products, creating far less pollution and feeding the local economy.”    – Eco-Cycle Community Zero Waste Road Map

 

 

Zero Waste moves beyond just recycling and composting. It is a total commitment to:

 

Upstream

Maximizing resource efficiency and waste prevention through product redesign, Zero Waste purchasing, producer responsibility, and new policies that promote a circular economy.

Midstream

Maximizing resource longevity through reuse, repair, sharing and durable design.

Downstream

Maximizing resource recovery through recycling and composting

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