Everybody would agree that 2020 really rocked the boat of, well, the whole world, figuratively speaking! Now that we're deep into this turbulent year and we're about to close the door behind us, are we willing to open another door? It's a cliche but it's true - the only way to deal positively with the consequences from the crisis is to transform them wisely.
Is the topic of a sustainable lifestyle with minimum waste put aside in these times? No, on the contrary, we are reminded of how closely connected we are now, more than ever. The excessive amount of garbage produced by humanity will not go anywhere else, except back to us. The plastic won't disappear soon and this is quite visible, it's overflowing.
We know maybe you just want to exit 2020 and sigh off the stress it has caused you. We certainly hope to rise above it sooner too. This is precisely why we prepared this infographics compilation. Instead of mentoring you, we'd like to keep you interested, stimulated, and motivated to chase your green goals.
Here are the visuals we selected, that inspired us not only with their design, but also because the information in them revolves around specific issues. It's easier when there's a clear zero waste strategy!
Recycling is not Useless
There's a tendency in the zero-waste circles to completely deny recycling as a method of reducing waste and pollution. While it's true it's best to be used as a last resource, recycling still makes a significant change, especially in regards to industrial business sectors.
Remondis is an international recycling and water management company which collects, treats, and markets 30 millions tons of recyclables every year. Even if you leave the large businesses aside, what are you doing with your batteries, the waste from construction work, or your old electronic devices? As much as we try to be minimalistic, these conditions regularly occur.
Adopt a Simple System
It's often overwhelming when you put together all the aspects of minimizing waste together and try to comply with all of them simultaneously.
Just as with anything else, this obstacle to finding a fine balance can be overcome by following a schedule or an approach that had proved to be successful.
Last spring The Renewable Energy Association at UCLA, E3 Zero Waste Campaign, SWE Earth and the Environmental Student Network joined forces and designed a straightforward step by step sustainability program. It addresses topics such as Planetary and Environmental Justice Implications, Food Waste, Fast Fashion, Zero Waste Policy, and Zero Waste under Covid 19.
The program is called Waste Awareness Week and can be actually used as a manual that leads is slowly but surely to the light in the end of the tunnel of the waste free journey.
The Most Meaningful R is for Repeat
We've all heard about the impact single use plastic has. We know it's always recommended to stick to the so called reusables, such as reusable bottles and mugs, reusable household tools, and reusable bags. However, not all the time we plan in advance and prepare. Let's face it, sometimes we still accept the plastic when we're out of alternatives.
In a study held by University College London it was determined that it takes between 18 and 254 days to form a habit. And here we're talking about a chain of new habits!
Tom's of Maine is a company that dates back since the 70's. Their mission has always been to sell natural products and this hasn't changed all this time. Many corporations advocate for eco-friendly manufacturing and build their business models around eco awareness. When this is the case, repeating is the best way to outline what you stand for. It's all about giving a positive example and reminding your audiences to be mindful just as much as you are.
Waste is not Necessarily Dirty
Not all waste is garbage. In fact, the largest daily waste quantities is food. What's worst, that's not only spoilt or contaminated food, it's just wasted!
According to the statistics, in the United States 30-40% of the food supply is food waste. Probably the situation in the other developed countries is the same. It's not only an ethical issue but also a pollution threat.
Barilla published this infographic that was developed by The Economist and Intelligence Unit. You can see how there are little solutions to an enormous environmental problem. Underestimated practices like expiration dates labels and donations can improve the picture.
The rules are meant to be broken occasionally. We won't tell anybody if you forgot to refuse the plastic cup at a gathering or if you bought a dress you fell for and it was not exactly made of 100 % sustainable fabrics. Stagnation is not the purpose but getting closer to a cleaner lifestyle is. So each small effort matters. It's your choice, ethical or not!