Zero-Waste - Waste-free Shopping, Food Storage and Re-usable Containers

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Zero-Waste - Food Storage Re-usable ContainersImage: Laura Mitulla


How to live a zero-waste life

What does zero-waste mean?
Zero-waste is personal, domestic, government and industrial responsibility for the conservation of all resources and sustainability. With no remnant causing any contamination to land, water or air.

Zero-waste exposes no threat to the environment or human health.

Through a means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them.
Wikipedia explains Zero Waste as being; the "a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfillsincinerators, or the ocean. Currently, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled. In a zero-waste system, material will be reused until the optimum level of consumption."
Zero-waste advocates say eliminating waste decreases pollution, and can also reduce costs due to the reduced need for raw materials.

Waste-free living is the ultimate sustainable goal.

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OwnMuse Recommended Reads: Waste-free Living Books

On a bookshelf of thousands, these are the zero-waste books which stand out.
These books are destined to help you navigate a successful path to living a waste-free existence.


Six Weeks Zero Waste
By Kate Arnell

Six Weeks Zero Waste by Kate Arnell

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A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living
By Lauren and Oberon 

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living By Lauren Carter and Oberon Carter

Shop here | Connect to the retailer

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Domestic or Household Zero waste

Involves the conscious use of glass and plastic food storage and reducing the need for adding them to landfill or recycling. This is achieved through repurposing glass and plastic food storage containers or not using them in the first place.
There are many options for obtaining food and household supplies without the need for single-use glass and plastic.
Zero-waste grocery stores provide shoppers with a means to use reusable containers or paper bags for storing food. Produce can be transferred to home storage once brought home for the longevity of supplies.
Storage options are stainless steel, which is corrosion-resistant, glass food storage and plastic containers you already own.
Always make sure when reusing plastic containers they are dishwasher safe. Many food produce plastics are single-use and not intended to be reused. They are not BPA free and can leech chemical elements when they come in to contact with high temperatures.

How do zero-waste stores work?

  1. Most work by bringing in your own storage bags, reusable packaging, containers of using the supplied paper bags.
  2. If you bring your own bags or containers have them weight and take note so the weight can be removed from the weight once you add your produce.
  3. Buy as little or as much as you want. Take note of the code on the produce and mark this in your notes phone app or write on the paper bag or some eco-masking tape.
  4. Once you have selected your product you will take it to the register like another shopping experience.
  5. When in doubt ask. People who work in zero-waste stores are genuinely happy to help new customers. They are usually huge zero-waste advocates (that's why they work there). Aks if you are filling peanut butter or other liquid-based products.
I shop at 'The Source Bulk Foods' in Australia. They have global stores in New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Singapore. This zero-waste store is my favourite for its high number of organic choices, quality and variety.

What products can I get at zero-waste grocery stores?

  • Beans and pulses
  • Bust tucker and Australia origin foods
  • Cereals
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Confectionery
  • Baking and Cooking Produce
  • Dried Fruit
  • Grains
  • Health Foods
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Honey
  • Household and Cleaning Supplies
  • Nuts
  • Oils
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Seed
  • Snacks
  • Superfoods
  • Waste Free Living

What can food plastic containers be reused for?

Reusing plastic containers especially those with lids have a magnitude of repurposing options. Of course, zero-waste suggests the best option is not to obtain them in the first place.
Some ideas for reuse of plastic or glass containers are:
  • Craft
  • Sewing
  • Toys (dolls accessories, collectables and marbles)
  • Game parts
  • Coins

Government Zero Waste

Global governments are required to implement an application of regulations for waste management systems. Government support is vital part in sustainability and the zero-waste puzzle. This is a necessity to influence industries to produce packaging from design, manufacturing to end of life.

Industry Zero Waste

Undoubtedly the biggest pressure needs to be on industry. Industry sustainable systems and structures are of the greatest importance in the fight against waste. Consumer habits will change along with these sustainable systems and structures.
There is consumer lead pressures no doubt and these pressure on industry are a significant force. and consumers who consume with no knowledge, care or will the products are not available consumers will have to find other sources.
Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer states "Once that number grows above 10%, the idea spreads like flame."
The findings were published in the July 22, 2011, early online edition of the journal Physical Review E in an article titled "Social consensus through the influence of committed minorities."
Believe in your sustainable efforts. The rest will follow.
Meanwhile, get behind the brands who are using 100% recycled plastic containers. Reuse those containers are best you can. Or as this post suggests even better still aim for a zero-waste.
Get social - add your zero-waste efforts to OwnMuse Facebook Group page 'Sustainable Muse'.

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