5 Reasons to live the No-Waste Lifestyle

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5 Reasons to live the No-Waste Lifestyle

The No-Waste Lifestyle. Some consider it just another passing fad. Others (achoo!) get a strong allergic reaction. But with an open mind and the appropriate means, others are able to adopt this lifestyle and reinvent their everyday routines with deeper consideration for themselves and their environment.

It is important to acknowledge that the No-Waste Lifestyle sparks some controversy. At first glance, eliminating all waste from your life seems like a drastic and impossible change to make, and for what reason? How could it be is it possible to live without a plastic bag? And how does one fit a year’s worth of trash into one jar? Toothpaste as tabs? What could even be worth such an effort?

To the first group, we say: fashion for EKO? Finally! To the second group – Bless you! No matter what you think about this, perhaps we can all agree that we would prefer not to breathe smoggy air and live under the pressures of consumerism. Surely a plastic world is not the answer to our problems!

If you are curious to learn more about the steps to minimize your impact, we present 5 reasons to start living No Waste.

 

1. To protect the environment

Throughout the decades we have distanced ourselves from the environment, exploiting it rather than appreciating it. The new adopted value system caused humans to think that they can freely interfere with nature: claim ownership over it, change it, ultimately destroy it in the interests of industrial and economic progress. This has led us to a deep ecological crisis, of which we speak on a daily basis now.

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Harmony between humans and nature in the times of environmental crisis is not an option. It is a necessity. 

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By destroying the environment we are exterminating ourselves. Scientists say that we are currently in the middle of the most rapid mass extinction in the history of the earth. The key word here is biological annihilation, which “will obviously have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.” 
Thereby comes the need for thinking about how to develop habits that will be more sustainable in the long term. This starts at a daily routine level, and eventually, hopefully, sparks widespread societal change. 
Adopting the No Waste lifestyle is taking a stand against the instrumental and utilitarian treatment of Nature. It is respectful of the resources she offers and a shift toward Circular Economy, which entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.
It means Not Wasting. It is refusing unnecessary single-use plastic in the times of packaging excess. Making the conscious decision to prepare before going shopping, using cotton bags for buying bread, always remember to take your reusable coffee cup or water bottle, eat at the restaurant and not take out, buy shampoo bars, buy at package free stores, buying second-hand and investing in good quality things for years to last.

 

2. To bring awareness to society

A society that is sensitive to ecology is much more than just a group of people trying to bring an equilibrium back between humans and the environment.

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It is the feeling of being part of something great. It means support, discussion, friendship, and finding common interests.

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Connecting people through sustainable No Waste initiatives can be a great beginning to building an aware society, but also partnerships, innovation and sharing experiences on many levels. The economic potential connected with reusing materials and circulation of resources gives new possibilities, that can help develop the local economy in a closed cycle. This is what we refer to as a circular economy.

3. To find out more about one’s actual needs

By prioritizing the environment, we can change the whole model of consumer behavior. Deciding to buy package-free products at the grocery store allows you to take ownership of your consumption, rather than be a passive consumer, who gets targeted by companies. You are making conscious choices about what you want and need, empowering you to lead a healthy and well-informed life.

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You become more sensitive to how you spend your time, money, and energy.

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Long story short – you start with surrounding yourself with what you value. You don’t let yourself be manipulated through media, billboards, fake news, merchandising and others. In a world full of meaningless words and messages, it is important to know your own need and follow your own way in accordance to your values. 

 

4. To regain control

Did you know that every minute, one million plastic bottles are produced globally?

 

And that one plastic bottle takes 500 years to compost back into earth?

 

And that you need 715 gallons of water to produce the cotton needed for one t-shirt – that is almost three years’ worth of drinking water? PS. A pair of jeans needs 1.800 gallons of water!

 

And did you know that according to WHO research, up to 92% of the world’s population is breathing air with smog?

 

Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

 

Well, these facts only touch the surface of the reasons why we need to regain control.
A lot of things in the world have gotten out of hand. Air pollution, plastic pollution, animal welfare or deforestation. It is overwhelming to think about everything at once. Luckily, you don’t have to…

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It is important to define for yourself where you want to regain control, what you care about most. Identifying shared passions builds community and inspires widespread change.

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Developing a passion for change can inspire others. You can start with volunteering in an organization you care about, with joining a campaign, supporting local initiatives, or creating spaces for people to gather and relate. Organising action. The No Waste lifestyle fits perfectly into this framework because it begins with a simple step of eliminating excess waste, such as refusing single-use plastic. 

 

5. To feel satisfaction 

Honestly living in the spirit of No Waste gives a lot of satisfaction. More than one could assume. Beginning with small changes and continuing to more substantial ones. Try buying bread in a textile bag at the supermarket instead of a plastic bag and then see the face of the cashier… because this plastic free shopping is pretty unexpected!

 

Step further? Have a plastic free dinner for your friends (done! Made our portuguese friend buy cheese without plastic, which is quite the challenge in German shops, quoting him). Being stubborn for something that matters gives great pride. 

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Taking up the challenge, educating others, discovering new things, developing your personality or just having a conversation leading up to defining your point of view: All of this can bring you an immense satisfaction, a feeling of independence and community.

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So enjoy the fulfilment, which realising valuable goals and ideals can give you.

 

Convinced? Then be the change you want to see in the world and join No Waste Society 🙂 Not convinced? Then join us and get convinced! 

Learn more! Here are our references:
Tyburski, Humans – the environment in the light of selected philosophical positions and ekosophical, Paedagogia Christiana 2/28 (2011) – ISSN 1505-6872, 2011. 
Yuval Noah Harrari, 21 Lessons for the 21 Century, 2018. 
http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/amazing_environmental_facts
Mass Extinction 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn
More about Circular Economy 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/economy/20151201STO05603/circular-economy-definition-importance-and-benefits
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/concept
Air Pollution
https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/27-09-2016-who-releases-country-estimates-on-air-pollution-exposure-and-health-impact
Plastic Oceans 
https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/
Fashion Industry Water Waste
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt

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