On average, each American produces 4.4 pounds of trash daily, amounting to a total of 1,609 pounds of waste per person every year. Most of this trash comes from uneaten food and single-use items.
The amount of waste we produce can be vastly reduced by following a zero-waste lifestyle, a sustainable way of living that prevents resource extraction from the natural environment. Its principal focus is to shift over to a system of circular economy as this would eliminate waste. All resources are brought back into this system rather than being wasted and piled onto landfills. Zero waste strives to conserve resources by reusing them without threatening the environment that will overall imitate sustainable natural cycles.
The benefits of zero waste involve the protection of the health of humans and the ecosystem. Zero wasters avoid unnecessary and wasteful packaging, which also brings some health benefits. Packaging such as aluminum contains BPA that can cause breast cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. Additionally, when searching for snacks, someone who is zero-waste will choose non-packaged foods such as nuts or fruits rather than a bag of chips. Zero waste is also beneficial for the environment because practices like reducing and reusing lower carbon emissions, which in turn lowers human-induced climate change. However, it is important to keep in mind that recycling is often the last resort since the majority of it is not processed within the United States. There are also various other environmental benefits of a zero-waste lifestyle. If you choose to adopt this lifestyle, remember zero waste is a learning process in which mistakes are bound to happen and vital for future growth.