On average, each person in the EU produces around 505 kilograms of waste per year. This is well over 1 kilo per day, but most European countries do separate rubbish. However, there is only a small proportion, which is actually recycled and reused. Most of the waste ends up in landfill sites and this is not only harmful for the environment, but it is also bad for your health. Harmful emissions, toxic fumes and plastic packaging that takes hundreds of years to decompose are causing enormous damage to our planet.
Nowadays, more and more people agree that we need to make huge lifestyle changes. Say “No!” to waste is an approach to create an everyday zero waste lifestyle. This concept focuses on the following methods , which apply in order of importance: avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. Lots of motivated people and bloggers already live a Zero Waste lifestyle. Some pioneers live in such a sustainable way that they only produce one year’s worth of rubbish, which fits into a single jar.
The concept may sound a bit daunting at first, but it’s a lot simpler than you think. In this article, you will find some tips on where and how you can reduce waste in everyday life.