If you focus on taking smaller steps in your everyday life, and keep this hierarchy in mind, you will find that you produce drastically less waste. Just being mindful about the things we purchase and take into our homes and lives can really be a catalyst to recognising how much we DON’T need.
I think it’s important to critically examine the plastics issue before getting on any soap boxes about banning it all completely. So let’s get it out of the way and have a little chat about plastic, accessibility, and eco activism!
I find the term ‘zero waste’ provocative, and not in a particularly good way. I’ve taken part in many a discussion around the phrase that devolved into semantics because the other person’s immediate response was “but it’s impossible to be zero waste!” and you know what? That’s true! And why is it true? Because we don’t live in a circular economy.
We can all lower our impact on the earth and take action to reduce the amount of waste that we each produce each day. Some are extreme - for example, people who forego toilet paper come to mind! - but there are many simple options that are accessible to the average person. Here are 5 easy swaps you can make today to get started down the path of a low waste lifestyle.