With no solution in sight to the world's overflowing landfills, there is no better time than now to try a zero-waste lifestyle.
Take a moment to stir up your imagination. What if one day we run out of spaces to dump our garbage? All of our landfills start overflowing, all the water bodies have dried up and there’s only waste left everywhere. The world will come to a halt and everyone will start altering their behaviour and habits so as to not produce any more trash. Why not start doing that today?
Although the obvious benefits of producing no garbage are environmental, they aren’t just limited to that. In addition to reducing the amount of waste you accumulate, here are some more benefits of switching to a zero-waste lifestyle:
Your life will get simpler: Bea Johnson, the pioneer of the zero waste movement realised that she hardly missed 80 per cent of the items she put in storage when her family downsized to a smaller apartment. Living trash free makes your space decluttered and also makes areas of your life, like grocery shopping and cleaning your house very easy.
You will spend less money: Once you’ll start paying attention to your purchases, you’ll realise that earlier you were buying a lot of things you didn’t need. As you become more conscious about your purchases, you’ll look to buy items that serve multiple purposes in order to generate less waste and you’ll end up saving a lot more money.
You will support local businesses: You’ll be supporting local businesses when you stop buying from big corporations who use a hefty amount of plastic packaging and toxic ingredients in their products. You’ll be making an impact in the community by purchasing from family-owned businesses rather than big corporations.
You will eat healthier: Buying groceries from local businesses also promises organic and healthier vegetables and dairy supplements. Generally, these stores also pack your groceries and other items in containers you bring along which helps in reducing a ton of waste you otherwise might have accumulated by buying products with plastic packaging.
You will reduce exposure to toxic chemicals: A zero waste lifestyle means you’ll choose healthier options than packaged and processed foods containing preservatives and many toxic ingredients. Avoiding such products to lead a healthy life can inspire you to switch to a zero-waste lifestyle.
We can obtain so much by making small changes in our lifestyle - a world with clean air and rivers, a much healthier lifestyle and support our local businesses. You just have to take the first step to a zero-waste lifestyle!