No matter how you look at it, garbage seems to be an inevitable consequence of our lives. However, it is very much possible to live a zero waste life. Zero waste benefits you as an individual and the community.
On top of that, it strengthens the local economy.
- You see, zero waste is great for the economy because it creates more jobs than disposal.
- It’s great for the environment because recycling takes up less energy than creating from raw materials.
- It’s great for the community because unwanted food can be distributed to shelters or food banks.
There are several more benefits of zero waste. We have outlined the 5 main benefits below.
- The Reduction of Climate Change Impact
When we reduce, reuse and recycle, the key part of climate change is changed because greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. According to a study, about 42% of gas emission is caused during the production and use of goods, such as products, foods, and packaging. When we reduce, reuse and recycle waste, that energy is conserved and greatly reduces the number of carbon emissions.
- The Minimisation of Pollution and Conservation of Resources
Consumption is an insatiable culture, and the extraction of raw materials from natural resources takes a lot of energy. On top of that, it causes pollution. Think of forest logging for instance, or mining and oil drilling. Such processes require a lot of time, effort, and energy, and they create so much pollution. Once used, the goods are then incinerated, which is such a waste.
In contrast to that, when it comes to zero waste, the approach conserves natural resources and reduces the pollution that comes with extracting, manufacturing and disposing of. When we reuse and recycle, it means that lesser products will be made, people will buy less, and the products will be made to last longer. Recycling will keep waste from landfills, and manufacturers can use recyclable materials instead of raw materials.
- The Promotion of Social Equity and Building Communities
The zero waste approach is great for supporting marginalised communities, building them to the capacity, and protecting their health. When community groups focus on reusing can distribute products to the people in need. For instance, they can donate food to shelters, and things like furniture and clothing to those in need. Communities can use zero waste strategies such as composting at the community gardens and share skills and tools for reuse and repair. This can significantly reduce costs and waste.
- The Support of the Economy and the Creation of Jobs
Zero waste strategies create a circular economy because one person’s waste can be used for something else. In turn, this creates green jobs as the waste is re-circulated instead of being disposed of after one-time use. Composting, recycling and, diverting creates more jobs than disposing does. In our company, for instance, it takes more people to collect and handle recyclable materials than it would be to dispose of.
- The Sharing of Products Reduces the Need To Import
When materials are reduced and reused, more jobs are created in the sharing and renting businesses. Local money is used on other things that are more important than importing new products. A zero waste project benefits everyone in a community.
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