Recycling is important to help preserve our natural resources, but recycling alone is not enough to stop the demands humanity is placing on the planet. We all must REDUCE what we are using in energy and what we are purchasing and throwing away in products.
Prior to the 1950’s, EVERYTHING was used and reused until it simply wore out. Baskets or bags were used to collect and carry home merchandise from the market. Everyone had a metal lunch pail filled with reusable and refillable containers. Everything was used to the fullest and then shared or passed on to others.
Why spend time in the house cleaning or washing when you could use disposable styrofoam? Next came the plastic baggie, no more carrying a lunch pail, when you could pack a disposable lunch. Paper napkins, why wash a cloth napkin when you can easily dispose of your used paper one?
These conveniences were life changing, more free time for enjoying life! HOWEVER, modern conveniences have serious consequences on the planet, and in the solid waste industry. Our modern conveniences are not going away anytime in the future, they simply don’t decompose. Landfills are filling up across America, and we have limited means to recycle many of the items we use.
Realistically, we are all going to make some waste. But we can each make a difference toward zero waste if we make a few small changes.
Here is a great resource for getting started on your zero waste journey! Visit https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog-posts-for-beginners/ to find many more ways to cut your waste down to zero waste.