Is It Possible To Lead A Zero-Waste Life?
When people hear the term zero waste, the first thing that comes to mind is if it even possible? Well, on a larger scale it might be really hard to reduce waste. Production goes on and this leads to plastic waste in the ocean, forests being cut down, and fertilizers being drained into our rivers. This happens all because we need to meet our consumption needs.
Waste is a very big issue that has contributed to climate change and harming many ecosystems all over the world. So, then with this ever-increasing consumption is it possible to lead a life with zero waste?
What is zero-waste?
This started as a movement to reduce consumption. This leads to an economy that is functional long term and is circular. It uses the 5 R’s to promote its motto:
• Refuse (Saying no)
When you combine all of these and start working on these 5 R’s individually then there can be a collective change which leads to a magnanimous reduction in waste.
Problems that may arise
We are used to leading our lives in the way we have for so many years and bringing any change is difficult. While it is difficult, leading a zero-waste lifestyle is not impossible. Here are some possible challenges you might face and the solutions to them:
Problem #1: Time and effort
Changing the way you lead your life can be very time-consuming at first. It needs focus, attention, and a lot of your effort. So how do you get rid of this problem to make the process easier?
Solution: Don’t just dive into several DIY projects at first. Start simple. Consider the items that you use regularly and make a switch to eco-friendly alternatives such as:
• Plastic Tupperware and water bottles to reusable water bottles and metal lunch box
• Plastic bags to cloth bags
• Plastic cotton swabs to bamboo swabs
Problem #2: Money
It can be expensive if you want to replace everything and adopt items that encourage zero-waste. However, this is a fairly easy solution to this.
Solution: Instead of replacing everything at first, make smart choices by employing the 5R’s. Repurpose items and make new uses of them so you don’t have to throw them to waste.
Problem #3: Accessibility
Right now, the culture is capitalistic and not everyone lives in an area that has access to items that are organic, or eco-friendly. However, this should not stop you.
Solution: Find local brands online that’s ell eco-friendly alternatives. If you don’t get organic vegetables in your area, why not start growing some in your own home? Focus on what you do have and what you can do with it.
It is possible if you stay persistent and consistent. If you want more support on such a lifestyle then you can even join groups on social media that are specifically for this purpose. From there you can learn tips and tricks on how to manage a zero-waste lifestyle!