It's my Summer project to go Zero Waste, and I wanted to make a message board for this to hopefully inspire and educate all of you. Please read and comment!
Going Zero Waste is when you don't produce any trash that cannot be broken down. (See some examples of this trash below.) Instead, you compost and recycle. Therefore, any recyclable items such as metal cans, plastic bottles, or glass jars aren't 'waste' or 'trash'. However, when you really think about it recycling isn't that much better. These items do get reused, but the energy of recycling is bad for the planet in other ways. That's why it's a good idea to follow this: (https://friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/havering/790)
Although 'going zero waste' is just to not produce waste and limited recycling. In my opinion 'waste' is anything we waste: Fuel, water, plastic, trash, and much more. My project is to try to limit my footprint in these things as much as possible.
Examples of Trash:
-lables and food stickers
-plastic (in some places there are ways to recycle soft plastic, but it's still better not to buy any at all)
-period items that cannot be reused (this will be a challange...)
-twist ties (some)
-Q tips & cotton balls (all cotton ones can be composed!)
Examples of Recycling**:
-old soup cans
Examples of Compost**:
-cotton (this incudes clothing, so if you wear out a cotton shirt, you can compost it!)
-certain toothbrushes (get compostable ones!)
From May 28th - June 3rd, I will get aware of my footprint. I will write down everything I throw away, everytime I drive, and all the water I use. Then I will make goals for how I will reduce my foorprint in these things and prepare for these goals.
From June 4th to August 11th, I will (hopefully) do the following things:
-have all my waste go into a 30 oz jar...
-have all my recycling go into my trashcan
-use very little/ no plastic, even recyclable plastic
-Not drive four times a week.
-try to not use fresh water to water plants or flush the toilet. This works by collecting extra water in a bucket when washing food or heating up water for a shower.
A few time a week or so, I will post on this message board any tips or things I have learned. Also here are a few links with more information:
-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg ;(TED talk about zero wate)
-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA (TED talk about zero wate)
-https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/calculator (Carbon Footprint calculator)
Saying all this, I have no idea how well I'll do or how consistent I'll be doing any of this, but I do know that we all need to change to save our earth. Let me know what you do or what you want to do for this cause in the comments.
*Will change/be added to
** may depend on where you live