This website, Zero Wasted, showcases my idea that each person can do more to live sustainably while still enjoying the comfortable, amazing, adventurous life they have always lived. Zero Wasted is about showcasing environmentally friendly products, sustainable alternatives, and the zero waste movement and lifestyle. This website isn’t about saying “no” to your life as you know it, it’s about saying “yes!” to a sustainable way of living it.
What is Zero Waste?
The Zero Waste lifestyle is about the 5 R’s.
- Refuse what you do not need
- Reduce what you do need
- Reuse by using recyclables
- Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse
- Rot (compost) the rest
The goal of the zero waste lifestyle is to have little to no waste to send to the landfill and to decrease your amount of recycling as well.
This website, Zero Wasted, was inspired by the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, and is founded upon Bea’s principles and suggestions for leading a zero waste lifestyle. If you haven’t already read her book or watched her TED Talks, do it now! You will get a lot of additional information that will further explain the details of being zero waste (which, due to space and time and plagiarism laws, I just can’t explain them all here).
The following definition is adapted from Trash is for Tossers, a wonderful and informative website about living a zero waste lifestyle.
For the purpose of this blog, waste will be defined as point source, meaning it is discarded by its holder with intent of it going to landfill. Waste/trash is anything a person plans to throw away or anything a person deems obsolete that is then discarded in a manner where it will not be intended for re-purposing or reuse.