Almost 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic floats in oceanic waters, which corresponds to 80,000 tons. The area filled with rubbish is three times larger than France. These terrifying data make us think about the ecology and direction in which humanity is heading. They also ensure that people who choose to live in the spirit of zero waste philosophy should be treated with genuine respect.
Zero waste is a lifestyle according to which a person tries to generate as little waste as possible, thus not polluting the environment.
There are five main rules that apply in zero waste:
– Refuse -do not agree to unnecessary pollution, refuse advertising leaflets, disposable packaging, as well as all products produced to the detriment of the environment, generating waste and pollution.
– Reduce – reduce the number of objects, lead a possibly minimalist life, surround yourself only with what you actually use and what you need to live.
– Reuse – do not use disposable solutions. Use reusable packaging, thermos, dishes and even hygienic items. Use again what is already trash at first glance
– Recycle – make sure unnecessary things have been converted into something useful. Sort rubbish and get to the appropriate points, process what you can even at home
– Rot – compost organic waste, obtaining energy or natural fertilizer. Use what, when worn out, can hit the compost.
Followers of the zero-waste philosophy are a big challenge for marketing, however, it offers many interesting possibilities that would certainly benefit ecology. One such proposal could be food from edible or dissolving packs. Another idea is to create a zero waste network where products would be sold without packaging or in reusable packaging. In addition to grocery stores, you could also create drugstores or clothing stores where the goods would not be packed in plastic bags or containers.
In Wrocław, we still rarely see people who come to the store and pour flour into self-sewn linen pouches. Shops that give this opportunity are also rare. Maybe if people had the opportunity to do this kind of shopping, they would be happy to use it. General environmental awareness is also unsatisfactory although it is slowly moving in a better direction. Some time ago, fees for one-off plastic bags were introduced to reduce their consumption. However, we must remember that the generations of children in the 70’s and 80’s were collecting cans and cigarette packages. In the gray PRL times, everything colorful found its supporters. Today the same people are learning ecology and segregation so the path to zero waste is still very long.
Living in the spirit of zero waste is not easy especially before the right habits are established. It is also becoming difficult to find representatives of such professions as a shoemaker or a tailor who can repair shoes or clothing so that there is no need to buy new ones. Slowly, however, the return of these forgotten professions can be noticed, in some Polish cities there arise points where you can repair and renew old footwear. However, these services are expensive. And here is probably the biggest problem of the zero waste movement. This lifestyle is unfortunately expensive. It also requires spending a lot of time, especially when there is limited access to stores where you can buy goods without packaging. Of course, you can look for local farmers and millers, but it is time-consuming and expensive for average people.
With great interest, I will follow the development of this movement. I wonder if it will turn out to be only extravagant fashion, or maybe he will have more and more supporters. Certainly, our planet would benefit if people learned to live according to the zero-waste philosophy.
Worth to check!
BEZ PUDŁA is the first stationary store in Wroclaw supporting the idea of Zero Waste. They sell natural products mostly from local suppliers and make sure that every product purchased from their serves the natural environment and does not generate waste. They pack in containers that customer brings or in ecological packaging. In their assortment we can find both food by weight, as well as natural cosmetics without packaging and everyday articles that will help you live ecologically. BEZ PUDŁA promotes a lifestyle aimed at eliminating waste from our everyday life. Supports a circular economy in which all raw materials are re-used and fully biodegradable, affects human, animal and plant health.