The vision towards zero waste requires all of us to come together and join hands in doing our individual roles at home, the office and cumulatively as brands, investors, businesses, communities and legislators.
It is the small actions we do that will have a butterfly effect in moving towards a circular economy.
It is simple and achievable to recycle at home. This needs for us to adopt a new mindset that works to reduce, reuse, repurpose and repair most of what we have at home. This begins with understanding the labels that come with products and food we buy. Most labels are subject to laws on their use and effect to the environment. Here are the 7 main types of plastics.
We must become responsible and savvy shoppers: Shopping becomes easier when we shop with our own tote bags. This simple action goes a long way in reducing the need for single use and disposable bags and packaging which are the biggest contributors to leaked waste in the environment and water supply.
Reusable not disposable: As technology evolves, we are given more options that go along way towards adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Today we have to buy more re-usable products like rechargeable batteries, reusable drinking bottles rather than single use bottles among others…
Food compositing and Mulching: Food waste is one of the most contaminating waste products that affects the possibility of other materials being recycled. In addition, decomposing food waste is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. To address this, we must consider how we store our food to have it last longer, and rather than bin it, we should consider compositing and mulching food waste in home gardens and backyards to provide nutrients for plants.
Repair, reuse and repurpose: While we have a lot that makes up our modern livelihoods, we need to get crafty rather than buy new stuff. We do this by repairing what we already own into better working condition, reusing items to make them more valuable and repurposing items for different uses all over the home. For example, this may include sewing buttons back on a shirt, reusing boxes for storage and repairing your old phone rather than buying a new one.
Join the movement, and let’s do more to reduce waste.
Businesses must come together and minimize their footprint through recycling. While most of the business waste is related to packaging, paper and plastics, there is a good opportunity to improve staff morale by implementing the right waste management and recycling policies at the office.
Recent research and consumer trends show that business that recycle have a greater competitive advantage since most consumers prefer buying or engaging in businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability.
Businesses are set to make a lot of gains from recycling which is good for the planet.