It's Zero Waste Week and a reminder to rethink what we buy and how we dispose of it. Practicing a "Zero Waste" lifestyle supports a circular economy that makes the most sustainable use out of our resources. Zero Waste discourages using natural resources to make new products and by doing so it creates far less pollution, helps to mitigate climate change, reduces water usage, prevents the creation of toxins, and stops ecosystem destruction.
5 Day Zero Waste Week Challenge
We'd like to challenge you to go zero waste this week and to make it easy, we've put together a 5-day guide.
Shifting to more plant-based foods is essential to combatting climate change, soil, air and water pollution, ocean dead zones, and a myriad of other problems caused by industrial livestock production. If we decide to eat fewer meals with meat or dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on our collective health and the health of the planet.
Just by cutting meat out of your diet for 1 single day can save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 lbs of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, and 20 lbs CO2 equivalent. That's insane and one incredibly easy way to help the planet.
Look around your house and start replacing items that are disposable with a reusable alternative. We've put together a list of our favorite Ten Single-Use Plastic Replacements.
Go Outside Wednesday
Spending time outside is a great reminder why you're trying to save the planet. Go for a walk to your favorite coffee shop, the farmers market, a book store...etc. Walk your dog, explore your town, get on a bike, enjoy mother earth.
Repair not Replace Thursday
Eventually, the stuff you own is going to break or wear out. When that happens, it’s easy to throw the old item in the trash and simply replace it with a new one. After all, we live in a toss-and-replace culture —however, it wasn’t always that way.
Instead of tossing an item, look for a way to repair it. Depending on the item, manufactures will repair worn or damaged items. Paying someone to repair broken items may not be as common as it once was, you can still find people who will happily restore your stuff to like-new condition if you're unable to do it yourself.
That stuff you're parting with might not be trash. Deciding to recycle items is just the first step, you also want to make sure the items are recycled correctly. Republic Services shows you everything you need to know to be a good recycler, click HERE to learn more.
Looking for a longer challenge? Click HERE for the 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge via the Zero Waste Nerd.