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What is Zero Waste and how do I get started?

To celebrate our new category of zero waste, the lovely team here at Evergreen thought it might be helpful to explain to our wonderful customers what zero waste really means.

Simply put zero waste is an initiative aimed at reducing and ultimately cancelling out the need for landfills. By becoming zero waste we are essentially reducing what we use. Reusing as much as we can. Recycling less and composting what we cannot.

At the present moment we live in a linear economy where we take resources from the earth and then unfortunately dump them into a giant hole in the ground when we are finished with them. Which as you might have guessed is not good for our environment.

Instead of disregarding resources zero waste products can be reused or consumed back into the environment. What might seem ludicrous to our generation was the norm 50 years ago. Ask your grandparents, the thought of buying products like plastic straws or paper towels was ridiculous. Although they might have adopted over consumption practices now, they more than likely did not grow up in that type of environment.

Our earth has finite resources and this over consumption doesn’t take into account how valuable those resources are. We need to take a step back in time and learn from our ancestors. By redesigning products with complete absorption back into the manufacturing process. This will eventually, with the help of everyone create a circular economy. A circular economy reflects nature in that nature portrays no rubbish or waste. (Besides animal waste obviously which is good and essential for the environment!)

There are many ways in which we can live a zero waste life!

Here are some helpful tips that can get you on track towards being a zero waster!

1. Living like our grandparents!

Take your own hemp or tote bag to the store instead of buying one and then having to dispose of it later. Minimise buying products with harmful or wasteful packaging. For example instead of getting your fruit and veg in a multi-chain supermarket, try your local fruit and veg store. This will reduce packaging and a plus you can handpick your yummy choices. Repair items, don’t throw things away without thinking about it, take out the manual, look up a solution online and try to fix the issue before giving up.

2. No, Nay, Never Plastic

Say no to plastic in general. An easy way to start is with plastic water bottles. Did you know that globally humans buy a million plastic water bottles per minute and that it is estimated that over half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold in 2020! You can change that by saying NO! A good alternative to plastic bottles are Bobble bottles.

Bobble bottles are generally accepted by recycling centres, and the filter simply requires you to snap the filter basket from the nozzle, pop the carbon filter inside that into the compost bin and recycle the rest.

3. Clean the atmosphere from inside your home

Have you ever questioned what you’re burning in order to heat your house, and how it might be impacting the atmosphere? The over whelming smell should be an indicator as to how toxic these fumes are for our biosphere. Why not take a stand and cleanse your atmosphere by using “If You Care” firelighters. These highly effective firelighters are made with FSC certified wood making them sustainable, natural and non-toxic when in contact with plants or animals.

4. Swap out everyday items for their Eco-friendly counterparts

Simple changes can be made to start cleansing your household of harmful non-recyclable items. Simple things such as earbuds, scrubbing pads and toothbrushes can be replaced with zero waste products from companies like “If You Care” and “Hydrophil”. These products are easy to swap out and reasonable considering you’re saving money in the long run.

Don’t get bogged down with the conversion to zero waste it’s not going to happen in a week or even a month the process will take time and everyone is different so do what suits you. An easy way to adapt is to take the process by room, remember it shouldn’t be an urge to throw everything out and start over as that would be a contradiction to the zero waste lifestyle. The lifestyle says waste nothing so make smart and thought out choices.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to read this blog.

It is so important for the environment and the future generations to come that we do our best to create a happy environment for them!  I Hope you enjoyed this Evergreeners!

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