Dreaming of a ‘zero-waste world’ seems like a distant dream – or is it? With conscious and informed decisions, anyone can live a zero-waste life. It is not difficult to imagine all people making the same choices. A zero-waste world is by no means bad. If nothing goes to waste, it is better for environmental and personal health.
Life Without Rubbish
The average Briton produces roughly 416 kilograms of waste per year. Imagine that millions of times over. Having a world covered in rubbish is a real environmental threat. That is why waste collection services are on the double. As a result, the UK has one of the better recycling rates in the world at 43.7 percent. LKM Recycling shares more information about the topic.
Zero waste has two major ideals. Anything with a second use should not be thrown away. Manufacturers should also stop producing items without a second use. According to the Berkeley Ecology Centre in the U.S., anything that can’t be repaired, refurbished, rebuilt, reused, resold or composted should be removed from production.
Getting rid of waste is simple. Some of the leading countries in solid waste management (Germany, Denmark and Sweden) burn rubbish in special locations. However, this poses a serious environmental threat. Incinerators produce tonnes of toxic smoke and chemicals that must be contained.
It Starts with One
Living on as little waste as possible is achievable for many. People who are dedicated to the lifestyle can do amazing things. For instance, four years’ worth of rubbish can fit inside a small jar. Compared to how much waste the average person produces yearly, that’s an astounding feat.
There are several household items that can be produced at home. Recipes for homemade toothpaste, cleaning solutions, and other necessities abound, for example. People can also opt for reusable bags for their shopping needs. If one keeps at it for a good amount of time, it may become natural. It is a gradual process. As they say, major change begins with a small one.