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Zero Waste Movement-What’s the Real Truth?
Is it possible to lead a zero-waste lifestyle?
Yes; but, it requires extreme diligence on your part. Getting back to the basics is something that our baby boomer generation had championed. Still, it seems to be a daunting task in the present scenario. Following your conscious, you may swap plastic with cloth bags while being mindful of the waste you produce. But, when you come across the zero wasters then, you may feel insecure about the contribution you make.
Since we are living in a growing economy here, every product needs a dustbin to get disposed of due to its design. Gone are the days when people used to stick to organic produce, which they could easily dispose of in the soil. To this challenge, we see recycling as a solution, but it has failed too. It sometimes implies that zero waste is just an abstract and not a solution.
Well, zero wasters advocate recycling, which needs a circular economy to sustain and a way to write of waste from our lives. A circular economy has a restorative and regenerative approach. In a circular economy, the industry and the consumers work collectively to make things last. Here infrastructure, businesses, and individuals everyone has values, and nothing seems a waste. The idea is quite simple, "make, use, remake" over "make, use, dispose of." The ultimate goal of a circular economy is to use the products and material long enough and maximize the use of resources while keeping them in a circulating state of motion. The best example is your mobile, which is designed in a way that you can easily repair and upgrade.
We can have optimal use of products for a more extended time by designing them smartly that promotes re-use. Moreover, re-using and repairing seems to be the best option to increase their useful life. Also, when their life is deemed over, they can be manufactured to create a fresh product. It advocates more effective use of materials, which implies lower costs and less waste. It can create new sources of value for people, better risk management of raw materials, and improved approaches to the supply chain.
Let’s quickly see what we can do to embed a circular economy as a step towards zero waste:
Explore innovative business models aimed at refills and reusable packaging.
Assess the design while considering: reduced usage of plastic material, usage of recycled content that ensures compostable packaging.
Develop a market for PCR(Post-Consumer Recycled Material). It ensures recyclability to tackle broader infrastructural issues. It includes local collection and sorting facilities, building the technical and commercial viability of reprocessing them at a massive scale.
Use a plant-based material for packaging derived from renewable sources, which can be composted, such as spoons made of millets, biodegradable water bottles, etc.
As zero wasters live a life that comes closest to reflect the bliss of surrounded with compostable packaging, which has a positive impact on the coming generations. Live it, replete with family, friends, and everything that this life has to offer. This way, you will make a difference with your zero waste approach!