Zero-Waste is more than a business strategy, it is a movement. Want to learn how to live a Zero Waste Lifestyle? Start at home.
At Zero Waste Solutions (ZWS), we built our business and brand on the principals of protecting human health and eliminating all unnecessary waste for our clients. For example, at Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB), ZWS designed and implemented a Green Cleaning Program, which resulted in the elimination of 1,598.2 pounds of hazardous material content from their operations. However, you don’t need to be a business to make major environmental impact. In fact, you can significantly eliminate unnecessary waste through simple and mindful actions. The following is a list of our beginner tips and tricks to help you stay ecofriendly and get you started on improving the future of your home, wherever you are.
Before we outline our steps, we believe that it is just as important to “walk the walk” as it is to “talk the talk” at home for these ethical and efficient reasons:
Household waste decisions have a huge impact on the environment.
Throwing away just one single plastic bottle, as opposed recycling it, results in wasting the same amount of energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours, creates 20 percent more air pollution, and 50 percent more water pollution1. Furthermore, as household organic waste decomposes in landfills, it emits methane gas, which has a global warming potential (GWP) over 20 times as strong as carbon dioxide2.
Many household cleaning products are toxic to human health and the environment.
What can be more important than the health and wellbeing of your family? The Environmental Working Group released a study indicating that 53 percent of reviewed cleaning products contained ingredients that are hurtful to lungs, including several well-known carcinogens3.
The principals we hold in the world (and business) should be reflected in our personal lives.
The home is where we live, love, and laugh, and therefore, central to who we are as human beings. To be good stewards of the earth, we must first be good stewards of our household. To be effective agents of change, we must “think globally and act locally,” and your home is as local as you can get.
So, what can you do to drive your home towards Zero-waste?
Implement these five alternatives/strategies to help direct household items back into circulation, rather than the landfill and reduce the waste in your home:
If you want to amplify your positive impacts, engage your local community (e.g. local schools) and ask your friends and family if they have any old clothes that they were thinking about throwing away.
Look for Green Seal-certified products wherever you do your regular shopping. If they don’t carry any, ask the manager if they can order some to show there is a local interest for these types of products. Alternatively, you can find such products on the Green Seal website (click here).
Remember, when it comes to improving your environmental footprint, there is no place like home!
Shavila Singh, President & Jai Sharma, VP of Business Relations