What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a goal which strives for the sustainable use of materials through thoughtful design, reduced consumption, and increased recovery of resources.

From the Zero Waste International Alliance (2009):

“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.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

The Pillars of Zero Waste 

 


  1. RETHINK

    your consumption habits and take only what you need. Ask first
    “Do I need this?”
    “Is there a more sustainable option?”
    “Can I find this used?”


  2. REDUCE

    the amount of material in your life. Say no to excess packaging and unnecessary waste.


  3. REUSE and REPAIR

    items whenever possible. Be creative! Find ways to donate or repurpose old items, and purchase items that are built to last and can be easily reused or repaired.


  4. RECYCLE and ROT

    as a last resort to preserve the energy and resource value of materials. Recycle all unavoidable waste and compost all organic matter.

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