A “zero-waste” world to save the planet

Living in a zero-waste way it’s a lifestyle that allows us to help our planet simply by limiting the produced waste quantity and reusing our own waste as secondary raw materials. In that way, these are not going to become useless waste but they’re going to become resources. It’s a silent way to rebel to consumerism”.

It’s a silent revolution because it is based on reject, rather than complaints. Firstly, it’s based on the rejection of short life objects, meaning the reduction of disposables use. Plastic or laminated paper glass and dishes are not part of a zero-waster person, and in his/her home you’re going to find mainly items made to last. Sustainable objects, that are not going to wear out or break after few uses. The aim is to gradually reset the use of incinerators and landfills.

People who practice a zero-waste lifestyle know how to reduce and reuse, they often bring a cloth bag with them, they use natural products for house caring and to have a correct personal cleansing. Maybe they buy secondhand clothes to avoid waste and to save still in good condition clothes from the landfill.

Every day, in a zero-waste world, people strive to produce few wastes and to properly dispose of waste, but without stress. A cleaner and healthier world, with the consciousness that grocery shopping means to buy only what you really need, without being enchanted by offers and promotions.

One of the first things a true zero waster does as soon as he enters a supermarket is to always look for the section with organic products and packaged with paper boxes or glass jars. Then he must carefully read the label to be sure that all components or ingredients are zero kilometer or almost; if we really want to reduce our waste, we cannot buy products that come from far away and pollute a lot to be transported and stored, it's better to have everything as close as possible.

Repair rather than buy is almost a mantra for those who are trying to live at zero waste, and that’s why the circular economy has an extremely important role: things that are broken or no longer work are repaired rather than thrown away. Also, a true zero waster tends to buy used clothes and maybe modernize them to give them a new life.

So, does reducing waste mean to save the planet? Yes, if it's done in a conscious and well-calibrated way. Living as a zero waster means eliminating plastic and polluting packaging, but it's not a step that can be taken overnight: if we have plastic objects in our homes that are still in good condition, it doesn't make sense to throw them away; it's better to wait for them to wear out and then replace them with other zero waste objects.

To be zero waste means to eliminate, as much as possible, waste, but for this you need to buy only what you need and repair everything you can, consume sparingly and eliminate waste.

Because reducing waste is very easy, you just need to try to buy less and always keep an eye on the shopping list, and especially limit the plastic packaging that are the most harmful to our planet and our health. The best zero waste is done by eliminating waste step by step, maybe by starting to buy food or anything else in stores that sell on tap without plastic and getting to have a cleaner world.

In conclusion, a clean world starts from our home and if we all start buying only bulk, organic, cruelty freeproducts... companies will be incentivized to follow this philosophy, because often it's the wallet that decides.

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    Valeria Fraquelli

    Sono una ragazza di trenta anni con Laurea triennale in Studi Internazionali e Laurea magistrale in Scienze del governo e dell'amministrazione.

    Ho fatto anche vari corsi post Laurea perchè non si finisce mai di imparare e io personalmente credo che rimanere sempre informati sia un dovere e un diritto per capire meglio come funziona il mondo che ci circonda.

    Adoro l'arte e la cultura e mi piace molto girare per mostre e musei. Mi piace anche viaggiare, il mondo è grande e tutto da scoprire con altre culture e altre tradizioni interessanti ed affascinanti.

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