12: Waste not, want not
‘Trash is for Tossers (say NO to trash)’ is the blog of Lauren Singer who is trying to live a zero waste life in the heart of New York City. She is sharing her journey towards this excellent goal, although I suspect it is going to be a tough one. She has one great quote ‘I really decided that I not only needed to claim to love the environment, but actually live like I love the environment’. She gives two really interesting and helpful definitions:
Waste …’a point source, meaning it is discarded by its holder with intent of it going to landfill. Trash is anything a person plans to throw away or anything a person deems obsolete that is then discarded in a manner where it will not be intended for re-purposing or reuse even if it unknowingly will be at some point in the future. ‘
Zero Waste means that I do not produce any garbage. No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing. However, I do recycle and I do compost.
Lauren is really on the right path here and I for one will be following her journey and learn from her experiences.
12.2 Recycling-the science of signs
12.3 Waste production
12.4 Waste hierarchy is pivotal to sustainability
12.5 UK facts about recycling
12.6 At a personal level