The Term Zero Waste
Here are some tips to get you started:
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. You can compost food scraps, yard waste, and even paper products like newspapers and cardboard. If you don’t have a backyard, consider using a composting service or finding a community garden that accepts compost.
The Five R's
- Refuse: The first step is to refuse things you don’t need. Say no to single-use plastics like straws, bags, and cutlery. Refuse to buy things you don’t need or that have excess packaging.
- Reduce: The second step is to reduce what you do need. Buy only what you need and choose products that are durable, repairable, and long-lasting. Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste and choose products made from sustainable materials.
- Reuse: The third step is to reuse what you can. Use refillable water bottles, coffee cups, and food containers. Buy second-hand clothing and household items, and donate or sell items you no longer need.
- Recycle: The fourth step is to recycle what you can’t refuse, reduce, or reuse. Check with your local recycling program to see what materials they accept and how they should be sorted.
- Repurpose: The fifth step is to give our things a second life by finding new and creative ways to use or transform an item that has already served its original purpose, rather than simply disposing of it. Whether that’s repurposing t-shirts into rags, turning glass jars into storage containers, or transforming old furniture into something new again.