Yep, another article on the subject of zero-waste.
I know, I know, you’ve probably already read a few, and we all have that one friend who keeps talking about his victories over his waste. And we're a bit jealous of him.
Zero waste is my favourite example to prove that collectively, we can suddenly take a completely trivialized ecological problem and make it sexy and trendy. I am convinced that you can have a lot of fun and make your life easier by increasing your impact!
To kick off our month on zero-waste at impak, here are 5 ways, by order of efficiency, to produce less waste, in all simplicity.
Let's start by REFUSING.
Plastic utensils for my lunch? No thanks, I have my spoon in my bag. And if my colleague who’s with me doesn’t see the point of doing so, I send him this video. A plastic bag at the cash register? Not for me, I take my groceries in my backpack or in a pretty reusable bag (do you know Dans le Sac?). Even better, I make the most of all these bulk grocery stores that are blooming everywhere and I eliminate all non-reusable containers. In Montreal, Frenco, Vrac sur Roues or Loco grocery stores are there for this purpose. And besides, did you know that you actually pay for all that packaging? It constitutes between 15 and 40% of the price of a packaged product. Imagine the savings by buying in bulk!
Let’s not hesitate to REDUCE.
I can hear you already... It's hard! Take it from me: reducing is liberating. And it saves money. That's a few thousand dollars I've saved in 5 years by simply questioning the usefulness of my purchases. Sure, those three for $45 cotton t-shirts are tempting. But the thought that 8,100 litres of water were probably used to produce them is depressing. Instead, let's choose fewer unique pieces of better quality that we will be the only ones to wear for years! It's getting easier with sustainable, ethical AND affordable brands like Tamga, Nae Vegan, Les Récupérables, and others.
Let's adopt the reflex of REUSING.
With La Remise in Montreal or the Toronto Tool Library, you can use other individuals' tools by borrowing them to repair, garden and cook in exchange for a small contribution (remind me how much a drill costs?). There is also no shortage of ways to reuse food. Let's buy our fruits and vegetables with Second Life, which gives a second life to unsightly vegetables. And let's remember that you can easily spice up your look in a responsible way by choosing thrift stores, which are full of surprises.
Let's start COMPOSTING.
If your neighbourhood doesn’t offer composting services yet, start by writing to your elected officials. In 2018, it’s long overdue. In the meantime, composting your own organic waste is much less difficult than you might think (especially with the help of companies like Bokashi Living or Composte Urbain in Paris) A ton of practical guides exist, including the very effective one by Equiterre. Overall, composting is now trendy (alleluia). In Quebec, it increased by 23% in 2018. We're getting there!
Let's keep up RECYCLING, and properly.
Recycling seems obvious? In 2018, in Quebec, only 60% of recyclable materials were recovered. In France, only 22% of plastic is recycled. So let's do our homework and learn how to properly recycle. Once this is done, we reward ourselves by choosing a coloured Pela cellphone case (made of plastic recovered from the oceans) or Oraki leggings made of recycled plastic.
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