ZERO WASTE MANAGEMENT LIFESTYLE
Have you ever looked into the trash cans of your house? Do you have any idea what happens to the waste you accumulate? Or to the least, do you even contemplate on the waste you produce every day? If all these questions sound too bizarre and meaningless to you, you my friend should start mulling over the amount of waste that we contribute to our planet. Believe it or not, a study says approximately a family produces 17 pounds of waste every day which is equal to 7.71 Kilograms of trash again. And take a wild guess of how much it will amount to for 365 days, and how many families are there are in your neighbourhood and multiply all that….your head starts spinning?
While the numbers are scary on one hand, on the other hand what do we promise our future? A life where the amount of waste would be an inappropriate ratio to the population of the earth? Let’s not take our future generation to that extent. There’s always a solution for any problem and right now for the huge amount of disposal, there is a way, if only we determine to follow it rigorously, or to the least try it.
Zero waste management
A recent trend among people is the ideology of zero waste management. It is a lifestyle aiming to reduce the landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum. Also a philosophy wherein that encourages “the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused and no trash is sent to landfills or incinerators”. The whole process follows a concept called “circular economy” far from the way of our lifestyle which is called “linear economy”. In simple terms, people who follow zero waste lifestyle would value the things that they use every day. Apart from the usual ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ mantra, they also consider these R’s: Rethink, Repair, Repurpose and Rescue. To follow this lifestyle on an everyday basis may be a little difficult in the beginning, but at least we can try our best to incorporate into our life as much as possible.
The basics of Zero Waste
For beginners, we are only highlighting the primary aspects required to kick start your life into non-toxic oriented. Zero waste management is a study in itself and it demands a lot of patients. Here are some points to ponder in the beginning of zero waste lifestyle management.
The best way to begin is to start using recycling bins. Conduct a detailed study as to what are the products that are recycled and can be used reused. Learning more about what can’t be recycled would influence your buying behaviour of using it less in your everyday systems.
Compost from your household:
An indoor compost bin would come in handy to create these compost from your household. It is not only the kitchen waste that it is utilised for compost but also papers, used notebooks, cardboards and much more to create a compost.
Self Plastic ban:
Anything plastic is dangerous, damaging and deadly. Impose a self proclaimed plastic ban in your lifestyle and implement it as rigorously as possible. Check out the best alternatives for plastics and start using it as a substitute.
Minimizing food waste:
We usually don’t have a traction of the amount of food we waste everyday but that is enough to make this planet go resource-less one day. We all know our capabilities and that tell us the amount of intake of food for us. Eat only what you are definitely capable of and stop reducing the wastage of food.
Recycled paper products:
There are lot of eco friendly papers that are available in the market. It may be costly to purchase but think of the number of trees being saved from cut because of these papers. Use papers only if it’s absolutely necessary and try and recycle the papers at any cost.
Grow your own garden:
Having a private garden is a boon any day. They are natural, pesticide free, fresh from produce and cost effective as well. Watering the plants regularly helps the soil from erosion and the manure that you use would help the soil to be recycled.
These are only baby steps towards zero waste management lifestyle. There are people who live complexly without producing single waste and also maintain a lifestyle as perfectly as anyone else. There are also dispensers and zero fuel incinerators available to make this lifestyle possible. It is only a matter of choice for us to ensure a lifestyle that is sustainable for us and future generations as well, that has to be taken into consideration.