Zero Waste- as the name suggests, it is a way of not creating any waste in our daily activities that usually cause waste disposal and creation. This waste can be recyclable or non-recyclable, it can biodegradable or non-biodegradable. Zero Waste activities aim at making absolutely no waste that cannot be further treated into something useful. A lot of our chores produce a wide range of waste that can harm the environment. Pollution need not be because of automobiles or industries, it can arise by doing a simple task such as buying a packet of processed food. Plastic bags and containers which are not re-usable are generally thrown away – these are either burnt or consumed by animals which can choke them. Either way, the use of such objects will degrade the environment and fellow beings.
By making simple lifestyle changes, we can reduce the amount of waste that we create to make this world a better place. Instead of buying packed food items, it is always better to carry our own containers and buy the required amount from the zero waste section. There are zero waste sections in almost all the food shops. It is the section where rice, wheat, lentils, seeds, vegetables, meat, etc are sold loosely so that we can measure/weigh and take the required amount. This can reduce the number of plastic bags that we use and throw. Switching from plastic bags to paper or cloth bags, and plastic containers to steel and copper, or even harder plastic has made a huge impact on the environment. As much as this switch is being spoken about, it is also strictly put into action in most places. The reason most people hesitate from getting groceries and meat from the zero waste section is because of the quality. It is always assumed that the quality of food from the zero waste section is not up to the mark which also might be true in most cases. Quality of the food also matters a lot in an attempt to reduce harm due to plastic.
Zero waste challenges are very famous on the internet where people take a basic task of their daily life and try to perform it by making zero or minimal waste. These challenges are a very good way of spreading awareness about the main concept behind zero waste and people at home also try them and spread word about it in the attempt to save the world. Sometimes it can be impossible to make zero waste, especially in the case of dairy products, but replacing plastic with paper is the one and only solution in this case. This way, there is minimal waste, which is also bio-degradable. Waste from vegetable and meat is also bio-degradable. Zero waste does not necessarily mean to “make no waste”, because in most practical cases, it is unavoidable. It mainly focuses on switching from non-biodegradable waste to recyclable and biodegradable wastes.
Rapid change can be brought, if we start now. It is never too late to do good for the world. And when we do, we must always spread awareness about it and talk about the benefits. Our Mother Earth has given us everything we need to build our lives and make it comfortable, we only need to ensure judicious usage and utmost care for the generations to come.