General Article What is zero waste? What is the zero waste movement?

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You may have heard the term ‘zero waste’ or ‘zero waste lifestyle’ or ‘zero waste movement’ a lot recently, but what exactly does it mean? What does a zero-waste mean?

Living a zero-waste lifestyle whether at home or in your business, means you strive to use as little single-use plastic as possible, instead opting for sustainable and reusable alternatives. In short, it means you send as little as possible to landfills, which can damage the environment and natural habitat around them. Replacing as much as possible with reusable products includes everything from clothing, to food and drink packaging, to hygiene products, either more sustainable or plastic free, which will ultimately protect the environment, benefit communities and support a circular economy. The 3 R’s play an important role in this;  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This means reducing what you use, reusing as much as you can, send what’s left to recycling, and compost what you cannot, then finally the small part of waste left...

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