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[Ambassador report] How to live in Zero Waste mode: tips from experts. (Thematic Report)

by Shirin Shukhratova | 08-09-2021 17:54 Comments 7 recommendations 0

Every year the world produces 2.3 billion tonnes of waste, much of it polluting the ocean and the soil. After researching a huge number of articles and books, I have collected exactly the right tips from experts in the field of ecology for everyone to follow. The tips combine a variety of eco habits - from avoiding plastic to conscious consumption. 

Tip 1: Walk whenever possible.
One of the zero waste experts and author of the 5 R Principles, Bea Johnson, recommends in her book that if distance allows, avoid using transport. She advises walking frequently, because in this way one can contribute to the elimination of toxic gases in the ozone layer, not to mention that it will benefit one's health. Also, to make the most of it, one can take public transport, cycle or hitch a ride, for that matter.

Tip 2. Eat what spoils first.
Jessie Stokes, author of 'Everything for a vegan zero-waste home' writes that this is a good way to reduce food waste because you avoid throwing away food that has expired. This is to reduce the amount of food thrown away as every year 1.3 billion tons of food are discarded all over the world. 

Tip 3. Find multifunctional things. 
Jhánneu, the author of the YouTube channel about Zero Waste, says that the only way not to produce rubbish is to live on a farm in the middle of nowhere and grow your own food. So she advises against going to extremes and simply trying to reduce your waste production. To do this, she recommends buying multifunctional items for reuse. For example, according to Jhánneu, she herself has blushes in a bamboo container, as they can be used as blush as well as eye shadow or highlighter.

Tip 4. Try keeping a 30-day shopping ban. 
Catherine Kellogg, National Geographic's spokesperson on living plastic-free and author of 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste, says that many people will find it helpful to adopt a 30-day shopping ban. It will help you consume less and figure out what you really need. She herself likes to do this whenever she sees something she really really wants. She tells herself to wait 30 days, and if she still thinks about it and really wants it 30 days later, she allows herself this liberty. 

Finally, I would like to quote the well-known phrase of one of the above experts "It is impossible to completely eliminate waste from existence because much more can be done with rubbish than with throwing it away. Zero Waste is not about disposing of more waste, it is about disposing of less waste. The most common phrase most of us know is 'reduce, reuse, recycle', but we often skip the first two steps and go straight to recycling." 

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Hannah Mentor

  • Hannah Mentor says :
    Hello Shirin, this is your mentor Hannah.

    Thanks for the article about four eco-friendly habits.
    I first thought that the first tip 'walk whenever possible' may not be related to zero waste, but realized that polluted gas could also be a kind of waste and lots of waste are generated in progress of acheiving fossil fuel. The tips are very feasible in real life and I hope all the readers of this article are inspired.
    Please keep up with your great work! ;)

    Posted 14-09-2021 19:05


Seyi Jang

  • Seyi Jang says :
    Thank you for those wonderful tips!!
    Posted 10-09-2021 13:32

Vivian Nabisere

  • Vivian Nabisere says :
    Thank you for such an elaborate rich article.
    Posted 09-09-2021 21:53

Joon Mentor

  • Joon Mentor says :
    Hello Shirin,
    this is your mentor Joon!

    Nicely organized article about tips to live in Zero Waste mode!
    Indeed it is hard to go completely Zero Waste unless you are
    living in a farm middle of nowhere and grow your own food.
    Though there are people actually doing it, it is not easy for
    normal people to do. I believe the important mindset is:
    "Do what I can do" Instead of aiming impossible goal.
    If we are looking at non-achievable goals, we would give up
    easily; however, by going step by step, we can keep up with
    action sustainably, leading to better result.

    Well read your article, and Let's keep up!


    Posted 09-09-2021 11:51

Daniel Puente

  • Daniel Puente says :
    Wow!... Thanks for those tips, Shirin, I am taking notes :)
    Posted 09-09-2021 11:24

Gokce Nur AYAZ

  • Gokce Nur AYAZ says :
    This is so informative and clear , thank you so much for sharing ! :)
    Posted 08-09-2021 19:21

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