By Jaskarn Garnett | @Jasgarnett
September 2nd – 6th 2019
An enormous 2.12 billion tons of waste is produced each year on a global scale and each UK household produces more than a tonne of waste annually. The good news? An annual awareness campaign, in September, known as ‘Zero Waste Week’ aims to preserve resources, reduce landfill waste and save money for individuals and organisations alike.
What does ‘zero waste’ actually mean?
Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the use of reusable products. This helps to tackle the linear economy we currently live in,where we use resources and dump them to cause tremendous piles of waste.
Why is waste a problem?
Waste is a growing issue that causes water and air pollution within the environment, and by transporting it to landfills,a great amount of precious fossil fuels are used. This in turn creates more pollution and problems! Waste doesn’t just impact the environment, but contaminates the air with toxic substances, such as carbon dioxide and methane, putting us at risk of respiratory diseases.
How can YOU make zero waste a reality?
As a population we have managed to produce a lot of waste, however it is now up to us to make a global effort and tackle waste like we have never done before. Here are 3 ways we can make a difference:
Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
Identify what you are using and what you use it for then simply ask yourself: Can I use this again? What can I do to cut down on the amount I am throwing away? Is this recyclable? A small change in your daily lifestyle contributes to a sustainable life for all (as a single person can truly make a difference)!
Ditch the plastic bags and say hello to reusable ones.
This is one of the simplest ways to slash your waste. Perhaps stuff a few reusable bags in your car (or your coat) so you don’t forget them and opt for supermarket plastic bags. Are you creative? Make one out of fabric you don’t have any other use for! Now that would be quite the zero-waste movement.
Build a compost bin.
You can use this for things like used tea bags that will then degrade, turn into compost and leave your plants happy and healthy. If you start composting, everyday waste can be composted and returned to the Earth. This means that any excess food you have will have a use, your garden will be full of nutrients and you can feel proud knowing that you single-handedly contributed to a greener planet. Go you!