A future without nature is no future at all and slowly more and more people are realizing this fact. Much like ethical trends like veganism, zero-waste and waste-free products are getting the right attention that it deserves. The planet is crying out loud asking us to join the revolution and start eliminating the use of plastic from our lives.
The more we become conscious about the world around us, the more we realize the grave need to change things inside our homes. What brands we choose to support and products we buy. Our habits have a direct impact on the future of the planet
Here are a few reasons why adopting a zero-waste lifestyle and purchasing zero-waste products is the need of the hour:
THE POPULATION BOOM
This is no surprise that our planet’s population is growing at an incredible rate. Report published by the United Nations estimates that by 2030 it will have reached 8.5 billion and ~10 billion by 2050 .
What people don’t realize is that we have a limited supply of resources (including space). If we continue to consume the way we do, purchasing products that are short lived and cannot be recycled or composted, then it seems like sooner than later the resources will be depleted. The “throw-away culture” has got to go!
There’s a MASSIVE measure of trash being dumped per individual.
As of now, the normal adult is liable for 0.64kgs of garbage everyday. By 2025 that figure will dramatically increase – almost 1.42kg every day, that is 2.2 billion tons for each year!
Worse, all this excessive production and waste is at the heart of climate change, for which zero waste is one of the fastest, easiest and most effective solutions.
A massive portion of the trash that we create, ends up in the ocean and most of it is plastic bottles, caps, plastic bags etc..
According to the United Nations, ingestion of plastic kills an estimated 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year.
Additionally, more than 90%of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomach. It’s because plastic breaks up into tiny pieces in the sea, which are then consumed by fish and other sea animals.
There will be more plastic in our sea by weight than fish by 2050. This is tragic for our ocean life but also for us humans as these plastic releases toxins, consumed by fish that ultimately ends up on our dinner plates.
ZERO-WASTE IS THE BAND-AID
While we, the consumers, may have little control over the industry itself, we do have control over other things that ultimately drive the industry forward. Our daily small choices inherently affect the direction it will go.
Zero waste takes this linear industrial system and makes it a cyclical one, just as in nature itself. Think about it: nothing in nature is trash. Literally EVERYTHING is reused to create something new. It would do us some good if we listened to the lessons of nature.
This is by far the fastest way to reduce what you send to landfill. As soon as we start living a zero-waste lifestyle, we reduce the need to put out the trash from once a week to once every few months. Zero-waste is the goal but in reality, zero-waste is not obtainable. We will always have waste. What we can strive for is near-waste. Reducing the amount of waste we make every day. According to the Urban Dictionary, Nearo Waste is the new zero waste. Zero waste is an inapplicable term because something always gets wasted. Nearo is the nearest to zero waste. It is a melding of the words near and zero obviously! Zero waste is a great concept but unless you run naked in the forest with a pack of wolves and use nothing you are not applying zero waste….actually one could even argue that wolves are wasting….okay you get the idea.
We need to slow the flow of plastic at its source, but we also need to improve the way we manage our plastic waste. Because right now, a lot of it ends up in the environment.
Here at Waste Free Products, we promote conscious consumerism. Our products are designed to help you achieve nearo waste on a personal level.
Purchase our waste-free products and join the waste-free revolution today.