Definition of Zero Waste

The Zero Waste International Alliance defines Zero Waste as:

"A goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

 

10 Easy Ways to Work Towards Zero Waste

#1 Carry a reusable water bottle with you.

#2 Carry a reusable coffee mug.

# 3 Carry a reusable grocery bag with you.

# 4 Shop at Farmers Market whenever possible. Avoid those stupid stickers on your produce altogether. The best thing about shopping locally is that you can return egg cartons and berry baskets. 

# 5 Compost raw fruit and veggie scraps by disposing them in the green bin along with yard waste. 

#6 Buy clothing at yard sales and second-hand shops.

#7 Avoid single use plastic cups, plates and utensils at all times.

# 8 Make the switch to rechargeable batteries. Recycle old batteries along with all other forms of e-waste.

# 9 OPT out and stop receiving junk mail. Yellow pages - cancel it! Coupons and other crap? Just call and have your address removed.

#10 Use worn out t-shirts to make kitchen rags.