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What is zero waste?

What is zero waste? What does it aim to do?

The simple answer is this: send NOTHING to the landfill. Zip. Zero.

The city of San Jose, California best sums up zero waste in consumer practice: “Zero waste entails shifting consumption patterns, more carefully managing purchases, and maximizing the reuse of materials at the end of their useful life.”

 Which is an eloquent way of referring to the 5 R’s…

The 5 R’s of Zero Waste

The 5 Rs are essentially the order in which to reduce waste. Think of them as plans A, B, C, D, and E.  If you can’t do step one, move on to the next, and so forth:

  • Refuse what you don’t need (single-use plastic, plastic grocery bags, plastic razors, coffee cups etc.)
  • Reduce what you do need (stop buying new clothes, cut back on how often you do laundry, don’t always upgrade for the latest smartphone)
  • Reuse by either buying secondhand or repurposing things
  • Recycle only that which can’t be eliminated by the former three
  • Rot what’s left

 Our Zero Waste choices matter!

Our habits have a direct impact on the future of the planet. The brands we choose to support and products we buy inform manufacturers on what sorts of things to make.  If we don’t buy cheap, disposable items, they’ll stop making them. The less we buy, the less will need to be made at all.

La Girafe Couture offers you a range of eco-friendly reusable products to get you started in your zero waste journey.

Discover our zero waste products here https://www.lagirafecouture.com

Source: Sustainable Jungle “what is zero waste”

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