Zero waste for beginners


The zero waste movement began a few years ago in light of the amount of solid waste generated throughout the world. Founder of the movement, Bea Johnson (author of Zero Waste Home), began to restructure her lifestyle to produce little to no waste, coining the term the 5 R’s, which is a helpful tool to shift your habits to go zero waste. Her lifestyle has inspired many to change their habits, including myself, and after 4 years of zero waste living, I’ve learned a few things along the way and wanted to share 3 additional R’s of zero waste living that I’ve added over time. So check out the video above for my 8 R’s of zero waste, as well as links to additional blog posts and resources all related to reducing your waste.

Christine’s 8 R’s of zero waste

  1. Refuse the things you don’t need.

  2. Reduce your belongings to the essentials.

  3. Reuse what you can.

  4. Repair items when they break.

  5. Repurpose items that can no longer be fixed.

  6. Recycle items that you cannot use them anymore.

  7. Rot your organic waste.

  8. Rethink your next purchase and consider rePurpose.

    • Similar to carbon offsets, you can rebalance your climate footprint through plastic offsets with rePurpose - check out their plastic footprint calculator to offset your remaining plastic waste

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About rePurpose

A big thank you to rePurpose for sponsoring this zero waste guide. rePurpose is a movement of conscious consumers and businesses going #PlasticNeutral by empowering waste workers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Western countries like the US, Canada, and the UK have shipped their plastic waste to Asian countries who struggle to even handle their own waste simply because the economics of recycling their own citizens’ garbage at home do not make sense. After China, which used to take in two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste banned all new imports at the end of 2017, more plastic has been diverted to countries like India, Thailand, and Malaysia where it is at risk of getting incinerated, landfilled, or dumped into oceans.

rePurpose offers a three-minute plastic footprint calculator to help you estimate your consumption, but with data about the way you use plastic, they also forward Conscious Living tips & tricks that help you reduce your unique impact on the planet. Based on your footprint, you can then donate a few dollars a month to have a typically non-recycled plastic item put back into the recycling stream and take out the same amount of plastic you put into the environment.

Check out more information from their FAQ page, or contact them with any questions as well!

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