Have you thought about the amount of waste you produce each day?
It’s easy to think you don’t produce a lot of waste if you live in an area where you can bundle up your trash, put it on the curb and forget about it. However, in 2015 alone, more than 137 million tons of American waste ended up in a landfill. According to a recent National Geographic article, if we continue producing waste at this rate, the world’s trash is expected to grow by 70 percent in 30 years.
We don’t have a planet big enough to account for the waste we’re producing. Luckily, there are steps you can begin to implement over time to help reduce your waste impact.
How can you contribute less waste?
If we’re going to begin healing the planet we have to move towards a cyclical economy that’s focused on reusing the resources we already have as opposed to a production/consumption cycle. You may hear the term “zero waste living” flying around. Going zero waste has become an increasingly mainstream lifestyle change and for good reason. It focuses on diverting items from landfills and recycling centers by purchasing things with a long life cycle or reusing/repurposing what you already have.
How You can Begin Going Zero Waste
The process of zero waste living doesn’t mean all or nothing. When you begin transitioning it’s important to keep in mind that it can (and honestly should) be a slow, steady process. You don’t need to throw away/recycle everything in your home that’s made of plastic and immediately replace it with more sustainable options. Reusable containers, purchasing things in bulk, and eating out less frequently can all help you reduce the amount of waste your producing, but it can also make you feel really isolated and stressed. At Green Spaces, we believe zero waste living is about doing your best to be a conscious consumer while creating the least amount of waste possible. You can take it to the extreme or figure out how to fit it into your life to the best of your ability. Everything helps!
If it seems daunting to start transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle, that’s because it kind of is! We recommend beginning one section at a time. Here are some good places to start:
Cleaning Supplies; How to Create a Zero Waste Cleaning Kit
If you’re looking to create a less wasteful life and you live in the Denver area, come visit us at Green Spaces to see the community we’ve built in a zero waste space!