What is "Zero Waste"?
Zero Waste living is all about reducing the amount of trash we personally produce. Why bother? Here are some reasons that you may be familiar with:
Scientists predict that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight by 2050
Only 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled
Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change
North Americans send over 10 million tonnes of clothing to landfill every year
More than 1 million single-use plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute
Benefits of Low Waste Living
Aside from, you know, saving the planet, there are so many other amazing benefits that come with a lifestyle of living with less waste. Here are some you may experience:
Less stress (because your life will be more streamlined)
Healthier diet (because you're eating less processed and heavily packaged foods)
More money in your wallet and/or less debt (because you're not mindlessly spending your hard-earned dollars, and you're not trying to keep up with the Joneses)
More joy (because you're living your most authentic life)
More contribution (because you have more energy, time, and money to give)
"Zero Waste living isn't about keeping up with the sustainable Joneses. It's about reducing your waste in the context of your lifestyle preferences, circumstances, and budget."
- Tara McKenna, Founder
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Zero Waste 101
New to Zero Waste? Here are some great beginner blog posts to start making low-waste lifestyle changes:
Minimalism pairs well with low waste living because the less we consume, the less we waste! Here's some inspiration for living with less:
Zero Waste in the Kitchen
The kitchen can be a trashy place! From food waste to single-use plastic baggies and cutlery, not to mention paper towel, there are lots of ways to reduce waste in the kitchen:
Zero Waste in the Bathroom
Making zero waste swaps like the ones in your bathroom can save a lot of money and waste in the long run. Here are some posts to get you making low waste changes:
Zero Waste Cleaning
Overwhelmed by all the cleaning solutions available? Simplify your cleaning routine, reduce waste and detoxify your options with these simple low waste cleaning posts:
Saving and investing your money have two wonderful benefits. First, you'll build wealth and that's great for your financial future. Second, saving means you're consuming less, which is better for the planet. Here is some money mindset and personal finance inspiration:
Money and Personal Finance
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