Be Zero Non-Profit Organization: Earth Week Day 4

Happy Earth Week! “Producing less trash does more than just help the environment. By moving from a disposable consumer lifestyle to a reusable consumer lifestyle, you’ll simplify your belongings, create healthier and more meaningful experiences, and become an informed and empowered consumer.” — Andrea Sanders, Founder & Director of Be Zero Earth Week Day 4 Be Zero Non-Profit Organization Today I want to shine light on the non-profit organization, Be Zero. Founded by Andrea Sanders, Be Zero is an excellent source for all things Zero Waste and Community involvement. The organization’s website shares a 30 Day Zero Waste Challenge, Make Less Trash Guide, and Zero Waste Blog. These are great resources for guiding you along your Zero Waste journey! Be Zero is where my Zero Waste journey began. Thanks to Andrea, I learned a great deal about recycling, community involvement, sustainable alternatives, and ways to lessen how much waste I generate. Andrea is an incredibly knowledgeable and genuine person who […]

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Zero Waste Travel

Is it possible to Zero Waste travel? Well…yes and no. If you read this post, you will understand that Zero Waste does not literally mean zero waste. Currently, with the state of our economy (linear), it is impossible not to produce any amount of trash; waste happens, and always remember that it is okay. Transportation and the tourism industry are major contributors to pollution and climate change. Other than biking and walking, vehicle transportation methods generate large amounts of carbon emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels; air travel contributing the most to air pollution. The tourism industry generates an abundance of waste each year due to food, entertainment, accommodation, construction, etc. Fortunately, it is possible to lessen your trash output while wandering about. On the other hand, traveling and tourism will indeed generate waste. So, yes you can maintain your Zero Waste lifestyle and essentially “Zero Waste travel”, but to an extent. Moreover, you will most […]

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Landfills Are Not The Solution

Today I am shining light on the eye-opening documentary called Trashed. I will briefly discuss landfills and how they are not a solution to the “waste problem”. A Look Inside Landfills As our linear economy continues to feed us and overconsumption thrives with our false dependence and addiction to single-use and disposables, we are running into a major problem. That problem being where to put the excessive amount of waste we are generating. Currently, we dump the waste in landfills, but is this really a good solution? To an extent, consumers are at least aware of the amount of waste pollution out there. However, I feel that the mindset that we are taught to have is that waste is to be looked at as a “trash problem”, and consumers are “litterbugs” who are largely responsible for the amount of waste pollution. This mindset is a sneaky way for companies and manufacturers to point the blame. The reality is that we […]

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The Myth of Recycling

The idea of recycling is great! Someone comes to collect our recyclables, or you have to drop off your materials at a center, and then the centers will do all the work to make the products good as new again! Incidentally, that is not how it works. Recycling is not the perfect solution we think it is. Let us examine what about recycling makes it a bit of a myth.   Inconsistencies in Recycling The first thing to understand is that recycling is a for-profit business. Furthermore, the buying and selling of recycled materials occurs so businesses can generate a profit. Recycling centers try to sell the materials they collected from us to other companies. If companies do not want what the recycling centers have to offer, the recycling centers do not generate revenue. The centers need to make room for new or different materials that will bring in money, so they discard the unwanted. The demand for certain […]

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The Four Dog Defense: Distraction and Deception

Happy Doc Monday! Today’s Documentary Focus: The Human Experiment While this documentary is excellent for many reasons (real life examples from various effects of synthetic chemicals in consumer products, for example), today I want to shine light on one topic from this film: the Four Dog Defense tactic. Distraction and deception is the foundation of the Four Dog Defense.   Distraction and Deception: The Four Dog Defense Let us look more into the Four Dog Defense tactic that companies have been commonly using when scientists, health advocates, and concerned consumers began voicing their concerns for the use of man-made industrial toxic chemicals in consumer products. First Defense: “My dog does not bite.” The company denies its product is harmful. As consumers, we implicitly trust that companies will be honest and provide safe products. Companies will simply deny and discredit scientists and studies suggesting or proving their products are harmful. Without any relationship being established, a blind trust commonly exists […]

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