What is Zero Waste and why it is important?

What is Zero Waste and why it is important?

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste refers to in which all resources are conserved by responsible consumption, production, reuse, and recovery of products, materials, and packaging without burning or discharging to land, water, or air that endanger human health or the environment.

Zero Waste would minimize all discharges to land, water, or air that endanger the health of the world, animals, humans, or plants.

The purpose of Zero Waste is to:

  • Maximize recycling
  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce consumption
  • Purchase sustainable products
  • Make sure products can be repaired, recycled, or reused.

Zero-waste systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions by:

  • Saving energy, particularly through minimizing the amount of energy used to extract, process, and transport raw materials and waste.
  • Minimize, and finally eliminate, the use of landfills and incinerators

Why Zero waste is important?

Living a zero-waste lifestyle has become a popular environmental ambition. The importance of maintaining a zero-waste lifestyle is becoming more obvious. It raises awareness and sparks discussions about environmental degradation, climate change, and social justice, and it extends above just throwing things away. The actual goal of zero waste is not to just eliminate waste from the landfills, but rather to redesign our entire resource extraction, consumption, and waste management cycle so that no resources are wasted at any stage along the way. This approach directly challenges the current systems and habits in use around the world.

Zero-waste living confronts waste of all types such as Food waste, textile waste, plastic scrap, electrical waste, and other sorts of waste. As waste decomposes in landfills, it contributes directly to climate change and pollution. Landfills emit several greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, which has been linked to climate change. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that landfills produce 14% of human-caused methane, making them the world's third-largest human-caused methane source. It is critical to limit the amount of waste disposed of in landfills and to fight for improved waste management options for these and other reasons. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends zero-waste living as a way to reduce the trash in landfills and even combat climate change.

What are the Zero waste examples?

In terms of the amount of waste we send to landfills, the following five zero waste ideas have had the most influence on our lives:

Start composting

This is by far the quickest approach to cut down on the amount of waste you send to the landfill.

We minimized the need to put out trash from once a week to once every few months as soon as we started composting. It turns out that a lot of our waste was the organic matter, which is quite beneficial to soil enrichment.

Collect recyclable things

Recycling is the best choice, before tossing anything out of the ordinary in the trash, do some research (like learning about the different types of plastic we commonly find in consumer goods) to see what can and can't be recycled, if there are any designated drop-offs (like municipal recycling facilities), or dispose of them through Terracycle, which recycles everything.

Always keep a reusable water bottle and coffee cup

It's simple and effective to carry a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. By simply utilizing a reusable eco-friendly bottle, you may save an average of 556 bottles per year.

Carry reusable shopping bags 

Again, since doing so, we have fully reduced the use of plastic shopping bags, which had been a major source of waste for us for the previous 5+ years.

Attempt to use zero-waste personal care and cosmetics products

Personal care and cosmetics products are the items we buy the most frequently apart from food and drink, so choosing zero-waste alternatives makes a significant difference.

Can we achieve zero waste?

It is possible to successfully reduce the quantity of waste produced by ourselves, family members, or friends with a small bit of effort. These adjustments will be difficult to implement at first, but they will pay off in the long run.

Zero waste is more than a goal; it's a set of guiding principles intended to reduce waste at all levels of the supply chain. The goal is to close the loop from resource extraction to production to consumption and disposal of discarded materials, redefining the concept of waste and ensuring that resources are used for as long as possible before being returned to the earth with minimal environmental impact.

Scrapbuk also took the initiative in making Tricity ( Chandigarh | Mohali | Panchkula) scrap free by promoting the hashtag #scrapfreeindia. We provide an online platform where you can sell any kind of scrap (such as cardboard, iron, e-waste, or newspaper) at the best prices and with free doorstep pickup.

Authored by :

Ankita Devi