Living without producing litter may seem like a distant dream, but the Zero Waste movement is showing that it is possible to reduce the amount of garbage that each of us produces, by means of simple attitudes, which are being copied in various parts of the world.
The idea is to reduce consumption and prioritize the purchase of products that are biodegradable, to be aware of the amount of garbage generated daily and, above all, to seek strategies to reduce it.
One of the major problems of modern society is undoubtedly the waste generated by consumption and the lack of environmental waste. According to research released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazil annually produces more than 78.3 million tons of solid waste, with 13.5% (approximately tons) are plastics, whose environmentally appropriate destination is recycling, which
allows them to be transformed into raw material. When discarded at random, the can cause environmental damage that is often irreversible, such as the aquatic animals, if swallowed.
How to change?
Stop and watch your daily rubbish, if possible, put everything inside a box and at the end of the day, look for alternatives to replace each item that has been discarded, giving a new materials to be thrown away; separate what can be reused, processed or recycled.
Environmental activist Lauren Singer, an advocate of the Zero Waste movement and blog owner Trash Is For Tossers suggests two steps to this change, beginning with questions which each person must do to himself.
Step 1: Rating:
- How much garbage I am producing and what I am producing (food packaging, plastic, napkin, paper)?
- What products are indispensable in my routine and which ones can be reduced?
- Why do I need to reduce my impact on the environment? Look for your motivation.
- How much and what do I really need to be happy?
- How will I replace, minimize, and reduce all of this material considered junk?
Step 2: Transition:
Small attitudes can be big changes, follow the tips:
- Always carry a returnable bag with you;
- Give preference to places that sell products in bulk, and remember to take the returnable packaging;
- Say no to the straw;
- Limit the use of foods that come in plastic packaging;
- Prefer the “do it yourself” production;
- Compost your food.
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