what is zero waste?
To be honest, the term "zero waste" isn't entirely accurate with the lifestyle I live and promote. Living in a linear economy with advancing technology, it's almost impossible to live with zero carbon footprint. The way I describe "zero waste" is always doing your best to lessen the waste you create. My goal is to constantly think about creating a circular economy however I can, and to hold corporations and the government accountable for their major part in global warming. It's a way to live intentionally and vote with your wallet!
why live this way?
We live within a linear economy, which means that things are made to be disposable and single use. Things are made to break so we have to purchase another. The average american throws away 4.5 lbs of trash (including plastic, styrofoam, and food waste among other things) A DAY. But in reality, there is no "away". In reality, all that trash goes directly into our landfills. And sits there. FOR-E-VER. Landfills are super harmful to the environment by contaminating the groundwater, contaminating the soil, and producing greenhouse gasses such as methane and carbon dioxide. Greenhouse Gasses are said to be the leading cause of global warming (alongside animal agriculture), and methane is 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. The more we cut down on the waste, the less harm we do to our beautiful Earth.