Zero-waste Living: Can you do it?

With recent climate change reports sounding the alarm and more awareness of specific environmental crises—from ocean plastics and landfills that release methane, (a potent greenhouse gas) to “high impact weather”—zero waste solutions are gaining popularity. The zero waste movement encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused, and no trash is sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean.Businesses are striving to implement zero waste practices and individuals are taking action, too. It’s an opportunity for people to do something every day to reduce waste and live more sustainably. The idea is to make as little trash as possible by reducing consumption, reusing as much as possible, and recycling properly. While eliminating your trash output completely can be challenging, you can take these steps to help the planet:

  • Bring reusable bags everywhere you shop
  • Use reusable water bottles and carry your own container to coffee shops
  • Avoid buying prepackaged goods by shopping at farmers markets and buying in bulk
  • Compost food scraps
  • Use reusable glass or metal containers and beeswax wrap for storing food in the fridge
  • Swap aluminum foil and parchment paper in the oven for silicone baking mats
  • Swap paper towels for washable cloth towels
  • Donate versus throwing out