The first in our sustainability series

Welcome to our sustainability series! This series will cover different ways to reduce your waste and apply these sustainability principles to your life in the hope that we can all be a little bit more sustainable. An important thing to remember is that the world needs everyone doing zero waste imperfectly, not a few people doing it perfectly.  

Why we all need to address what we throw away

The world we live in is in dire need of some serious changes. The linear model we currently operate in is unsustainable as we take, make, then dispose of materials with no thought of where they go after we are finished with them. We seem to have got to a stage where the rubbish bin is seen as a magical receptacle that takes our materials and they disappear forever, which just isn’t the case. Imagine if instead of putting our bins out to the kerb each week we had to manage our own waste… How quickly would your consumption habits change? 

The future is circular

A circular economy model needs to be adopted, as this is the natural way our environment operates. In the natural world there is no end to a materials life, it is constantly being transformed into something else. For example, as a plant grows and drops leaves, those leaves then decompose and fertilise the soil, which is then used by the tree to grow more leaves; a closed loop system.

 

 

 

It’s not waste, it’s opportunity

A large part of trying to adopt a circular world view is to stop seeing something as waste, and start seeing it for what it is - a material. This change will allow you to see these items as unutilised materials (an opportunity), rather than waste. Waste is a human construct that doesn’t exist in nature. Once you start the process of seeing the world through the lens of circularity, it all starts to make more sense and fit together. 

Up next... Everything you need to know about compost. 

Words by Ayla Irving Lamb

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