Your company cares about the planet – and it shows. You encourage cycling to work, there are recycling bins throughout the office, and the employee Christmas gifts? Yup, you guessed it – sustainable, hand-picked productswith low environmental impact.
In other words, you’re doing everything right. Or, are you?
The sustainability jungle, which is complicated as it is, can be even harder to navigate from the office chair. One thing, in particular, trips most of us up – namely, composting.And as it happens, it’s also one of the most important things to get right.
But don’t worry. In this article, we break down the term compostable, and explain exactly how to avoid that one weak link in your chain that could make all your environmental efforts be in vain. We’ll talk about:
The kitchen is definitely a beast to tackle on your zero waste journey – anyone who’s done it knows.
And it’s no surprise – the kitchen is one of the rooms responsible for the most waste in your home. But creating a zero-waste kitchen that’s both functionaland effortlessto keep up is definitely possible. We’ve done it, and many others, too.
Just getting started on your zero waste journey? Welcome – you’re in the right place.
One of the biggest challenges when transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle is knowing where to start. But tackling the bathroom is one of the most effectivesteps you can take to reduce waste in your home.
So today, we’re sharing our easy-to-follow approach to achieving a zero waste bathroom, and the zero waste essentials stocking our own cabinets. Ready? Let’s spill the tea.
Wanna go zero waste, but have no clue where to start?
We get it. Zero waste living has so many benefits for the environment, your wallet, and your well-being. But transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle is no small task – after all, a whole new way of living means making thousands of tiny little shifts in your everyday life.
And where do you start such a gigantic task?
Don’t worry – we won’t leave you hanging. Below, we’ve put together our 5 best tipsfor how to go zero waste, to make yourtransition to a sustainable lifestyle a smooth process.
And the best part? These tips are quick and easy to follow, and you can get started right away!
So, are you ready to get started on your zero waste journey? Let’s dig in.
Do you know how much trash the average American throws away per day?
An astonishing 4.5lbs, that’s how much. Per day.
Now, we all know that landfills are hotspots for environmental damage – and yet, so much of what we use every day eventually end up there. But the waste coming out of our households speak to a bigger problem… and you probably know what it is.
You know how the story goes – you’ve put two peppers down on your shopping list, but now that you’re standing in the veggie aisle at the store… why not buy a few extra, just in case?
Or maybe, your story goes more like this: After two days of eating the same tomato pasta, it just doesn’t look that appetizing anymore… so you make something else, and the next time you see those leftovers? They’ve grown fur. Yikes.
Food waste is nothing new – we’ve all heard of it, and honestly, we’ve all done it. But according to a recent report by the UN, 931 million tonnes of food goes to waste every year – that’s 17% of all food produced globally. The figure is even higher in the US, with an estimated 30-40% going straight into the bin.
If your great grandparents had the opportunity to sit in your kitchen and watch you cook, they might be shocked at the things you throw away. That's because our understanding of waste has evolved. Items that were once held onto and reused are now quickly tossed in a trash bin and never given a second thought.
Imagine being able to buy an item you frequently buy just once. When you get it, it doesn’t come in a giant package that takes up half of your storage space. It’s also not 400 rolls or 1,000 items. It doesn’t require a trip to a giant department store on a busy Sunday. Imagine once a year, you bought something… like a plastic snack or sandwich bag and then didn’t think about buying bags again until the next year.
To create a waste-free world and limit plastic production, it's essential to promote zero waste awareness. A zero-waste approach to health, beauty, and general lifestyles can protect community health by reducing air, water, and soil pollution, as over time plastics and wasteful packaging can become highly regulated with proper public education and demand.
The food that we eat creates a big carbon footprint, even if you only eat produce. For example, first the product has to be grown, which can sometimes include usingharmful chemicals and pesticides. Then our food is often shipped a significant distance. Regularly, we transport food before it’s ripe, or it would be rotten by the time it got to you. Then there’s the carbon footprint of the store you buy the food at, and the waste that’s created if no one buys it. Last, going to the store is part of your carbon footprint if you drive.