Most of us have tried some sort of diet at one point or another. But have you ever considered going on one that doesn't change your internal weight but your external one?
The average American produces around 4.5 pounds of trash a day. Yikes—can you imagine gaining 4.5 pounds a day? So how can we slim down our collective trash footprint and still lead normal lifestyles?
I’ve been experimenting with ways to live a zero-waste existence for nearly 10 years. Don't let the name fool you: Going zero waste isn't about cutting out consumption entirely—it's a way to carefully and intentionally design, produce, and consume without waste as an end product.
The zero-waste lifestyle is about massively disrupting the amount of trash we make.
I’ve found that experimenting with this lifestyle has changed the way I buy, eat, and interact with my community. The zero-waste mentality stretches far beyond the trash can. It’s about embracing what brings us value. In a way, it’s a nod back to the time of our grandparents, when thrift, resourcefulness, and community were an inherent part of life.
By taking simple steps to refuse, reduce, and purchase with care, we can bring value back to the materials that keep our daily lives running smoothly. Here are a few steps to take to start shrinking that trash can.