“Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”
When I started on the journey to reduce the amount of single use plastic and packaging waste in our household, I didn’t know what zero waste really was. By definition, it seemed out of reach and fear that the term is just another buzzword.
In my mind, zero waste is a statement to attain to and so as a business owner, I will continue to seek business that strive to do more health then harm to our fragile earth and consider the impact they have in the decisions they make.
If, at the end of the day the term forces large and small corporations to access their current process’ and make improvements that will shift to a more sustainable or responsible means, it is a start. Not perfect, but moving in the right direction. We can only hope that regulations are improved and companies are held accountable to their zero waste claims and in some cases, devastating environmental practices. In the meantime, sourcing certified B Corporations is a good place to start.
So now, knowing the definition of zero waste, lets keep that vision alive and support those that are committed to contributing to a better future.