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Easy Eco Friendly Zero Waste Tips

In the spirit of the "Laudato Si" encyclical of Pope Francis one of the preferences of the Magis event is to care for our common home as it is the creation of our God.

What would change if we don't forget about it and start to change our habits and our lifestyle?

The answer is everything! - our health, climate, environment, money problems, etc.

It is not unknown that we live in a world dominated by consumerism. The rule of buy-use-discard is working at a speed that is destroying our planet every day more and more. The system behind all this is called linear economy, which means that we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. This kind of lifestyle is definitely not sustainable.

The main goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we get trash out of our existence. We need to redesign our entire cycle of resource extraction, consumption, and waste management, so no resources are wasted at any point along the process.

Going zero waste is a journey that is simple to do, but it takes a little bit of commitment and patience. By following these 5 zero waste rules by Bea Jhonson, living eco-friendly can be super easy:

It is not unknown that we live in a world dominated by consumerism. The rule of buy-use-discard is working at a speed that is destroying our planet every day more and more. The system behind all this is called linear economy, which means that we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. This kind of lifestyle is definitely not sustainable.

The main goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we get trash out of our existence. We need to redesign our entire cycle of resource extraction, consumption, and waste management, so no resources are wasted at any point along the process.

Going zero waste is a journey that is simple to do, but it takes a little bit of commitment and patience. By following these 5 zero waste rules by Bea Jhonson, living eco-friendly can be super easy:

  • Refuse what you do not need.
  • Reduce what you do need (and cannot refuse)
  • Reuse what you consume (and cannot refuse or reduce).
  • Recycle what you can not refuse, reduce, or reuse.
  • Rot (compost) the rest.



  • Refuse what you do not need.
  • Reduce what you do need (and cannot refuse)
  • Reuse what you consume (and cannot refuse or reduce).
  • Recycle what you can not refuse, reduce, or reuse.
  • Rot (compost) the rest.





Refuse - Say no

We live in a plastic, available world. There is no doubt you’ve noticed how many things around us are either made of plastic, single use, covered in plastic, or all of the above.

However, please remember that you don't need everything you think you "need." There are so many products that are sold or given to us for a specific use.

But, do you really need that "free" souvenir or five identical sweathers in different colors?

The easiest change to make while going zero waste is to stop making any purchases before you think about whether or not you truly need them.



Refuse - Say no

We live in a plastic, available world. There is no doubt you’ve noticed how many things around us are either made of plastic, single use, covered in plastic, or all of the above.

However, please remember that you don't need everything you think you "need." There are so many products that are sold or given to us for a specific use.

But, do you really need that "free" souvenir or five identical sweathers in different colors?

The easiest change to make while going zero waste is to stop making any purchases before you think about whether or not you truly need them.

Reduce - less is more

For items you can't refuse, you can always try to reduce how many of them you buy or reduce the amount of waste they generate.

Start composting! It is one of the fastest ways to reduce what you send to the landfill. When you start composting, you will reduce the need to clean up from once a week to once every few months. The fact is that a lot of our trash is organic matter, which is very enriching for our soil!

Donate items that you don't need or use anymore.

Reduce your shopping trips. The less you buy, the less you will bring home, and the less waste you’ll have to deal with.

Reduce - less is more

For items you can't refuse, you can always try to reduce how many of them you buy or reduce the amount of waste they generate.

Start composting! It is one of the fastest ways to reduce what you send to the landfill. When you start composting, you will reduce the need to clean up from once a week to once every few months. The fact is that a lot of our trash is organic matter, which is very enriching for our soil!

Donate items that you don't need or use anymore.

Reduce your shopping trips. The less you buy, the less you will bring home, and the less waste you’ll have to deal with.

Reuse - again and again

If you want to save your money and reduce waste, reusing is the best way.

To help you avoid using disposable things, try to swap them for reusable products. Some examples are listened to down below.

Start using cloth napkins, handkerchiefs, refillable bottles, shopping totes, and rags. Bring a set of reusable utensils and straws when ordering food.

Try to avoid grocery store waste. Bring cloth bags (for bulk aisles) and jars (for wet items like cheese and deli foods) to the store and farmers' market.

Reuse - again and again

If you want to save your money and reduce waste, reusing is the best way.

To help you avoid using disposable things, try to swap them for reusable products. Some examples are listened to down below.

Start using cloth napkins, handkerchiefs, refillable bottles, shopping totes, and rags. Bring a set of reusable utensils and straws when ordering food.

Try to avoid grocery store waste. Bring cloth bags (for bulk aisles) and jars (for wet items like cheese and deli foods) to the store and farmers' market.

Recycle - more than you think you can

Did you know that only around 10% of plastic is actually recycled?

There is a reason why recycling comes last. "Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

Reserve recycling for something that can’t be refused, reduced, or reused. Going zero waste is the future!

Recycle - more than you think you can

Did you know that only around 10% of plastic is actually recycled?

There is a reason why recycling comes last. "Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

Reserve recycling for something that can’t be refused, reduced, or reused. Going zero waste is the future!

Rot - the circule of life

For everything else, let it rot, or in other words, compost it!

We humans throw away around 50% of our organic, compostable waste.

Try to find a compost system that works for your home and get to know what it will digest.

Dryer lint, hair, and nails are all compostable.

Make a large home kitchen trash can into a compost receptacle. The bigger the compost receptacle, the greater the chance you’ll be able to use it freely.

Rot - the circule of life

For everything else, let it rot, or in other words, compost it!

We humans throw away around 50% of our organic, compostable waste.

Try to find a compost system that works for your home and get to know what it will digest.

Dryer lint, hair, and nails are all compostable.

Make a large home kitchen trash can into a compost receptacle. The bigger the compost receptacle, the greater the chance you’ll be able to use it freely.

Going zero waste starts with small changes. It takes time and patience. But don't give up. We can make a difference if we work together, and perhaps in our lifetimes, we will significantly reduce the amount of waste entering landfills and oceans, see The Great Pacific Garbage Patch vanish, and become healthier and happier people!

Going zero waste starts with small changes. It takes time and patience. But don't give up. We can make a difference if we work together, and perhaps in our lifetimes, we will significantly reduce the amount of waste entering landfills and oceans, see The Great Pacific Garbage Patch vanish, and become healthier and happier people!

Find here some other practical advices that can help your participation in accordance with this aim.

Find here some other practical advices that can help your participation in accordance with this aim.




Resources:

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

https://www.epa.eu/

https://zerowastehome.com/

https://pebblemag.com/

https://sweetsimplevegan.com/

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/

https://play.google.com/store/...




Resources:

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

https://www.epa.eu/

https://zerowastehome.com/

https://pebblemag.com/

https://sweetsimplevegan.com/

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/

https://play.google.com/store/...