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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 - speaking of which you would probably love The Declutter Workbook!)

  • 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 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:

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Zero Waste in the Bathroom

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Zero Waste Cleaning

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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What's Next?

You went all in on the posts above (you go-getter you!), and you're wondering what's next. Read or listen to Don't Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy! Check out the blog archive and read all the posts, and browse The Zero Waste Collective Shop.


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