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How to practice low-carbon life with zero waste

Do you know about zero-waste life?

Zero waste does not discharge garbage but rather circulates inevitable surplus sources, referring to living a waste-less life.

Today we will learn more about Zero Waste!

(Korea Climate and Environment Network)

In the United States, there is a man who speaks to the seriousness of the exploitation of modern society, waste and environmental issues. The main character is Rob Westfield, the representative of ZeroWest!

Rob Greenfield owns only 111 things and the hearts of adventurers, challenging the world for a happier and healthier life.

Rob Greenfield

He was a blogger and starred in a reality program where he lived a zero-waste life.

An average American emits 4.5 pounds of waste a day, and Rob Greenfield says less than 2 pounds of waste in two months!

In 2015, he headed for Brazil without any money, with only a few essential items on his way to Panama.

And on the “Trash Me” project, we did all the garbage-laden activities we lived like the average American. He introduced 16 ways to practice zero-waste life to share inspiration and activities.


1. Reduce

Transitioning to zero-waste life begins with changing your mind. And the key to this lifestyle is to reduce. When you reduce what you normally need as much as possible, you will see a huge reduction in the amount of waste that has been generated.

2. Please Reuse

Rather than simply using something again or twice, think about it and keep using it. Trying to repurpose it for recycling is another way.

3. Recycle

Recycling does not end with simply sorting waste into recycling bins. It is important to try to reduce as much as possible because the process of disposing of recycled waste is also a very resource-intensive process.

4. Fix and Use

Don't just throw a broken or broken object into the trash, try fixing it! Make a habit of using good things for a long time by sewing torn clothes, changing worn insoles, changing bicycle wheels, and fixing electronics at your nearest repair shop.

5. Refuse

If someone tries to give or present something that you don't really need, it's hard but refuse. Because freebies seem to benefit me, I get a momentary psychology, but "freebie" is not necessarily "necessary." Try it.

6. Compost

Food waste is a very high percentage of the garbage we produce. Composting these foods will save a lot of waste. Take advantage of a small idle space at home to make room for composting and storage.

7. Refuse disposable products

Every disposable product will obviously have a substitute that can be used forever. If you ever need to use a disposable product, try to refuse it.

8. Buy Unpackaged Food

Take a look at the markets and marts that sell food. Take a bag or basket with you and stop by the grocery store to buy things like rice, pasta, nuts, seeds, cereals and flour. Choose something that is not packed with fruits or vegetables.

9. Get your own stuff

On the day you go out, take some of your belongings and leave. Bring a reusable water cup or water bottle and bring your own dish or container if you will be invited to a café, restaurant or party that uses recycled materials.

10. Use refills

Refill all the necessities that come out of the container. Many things sold in containers, such as laundry detergents, kitchen detergents, body lotions or cosmetics, are refillable. Check out the stores near you.

11. Make it yourself

The more you can produce what you can make and use yourself, the less waste you generate. Make your own, such as toothpaste, body lotion, laundry detergent, and cleansing supplies.

12. Buy Used/ Second-Hand Products

As soon as you open a new product, you come with a lot of packaging that will become garbage. When you buy what you need, you can buy used goods to reduce your packaging. It may also be a good idea to have a second hand shop nearby or exchange the items you need with your neighbors.

13. Buy quality products

Repairing and using the item over and over is an important part of ZeroWest, but when buying it for the first time, it can be a good idea to buy something sturdy and quality so that it can be broken and broken. Spending a little extra on things that are sustainable and available for a long time will be very valuable.

14. Take good care of things

The practice of cherishing items and keeping them clean is one of the surest ways to make less waste. Use it with care in mind when using it for a long time and handle it properly.

15. Be satisfied with what you have

Rather than always thinking of something new or keeping up with fashion, be grateful for what you have and reduce unnecessary consumption and waste.

16. Check the disposed garbage once again

This is one of the first things you need to do when starting a zero-waste life. If you don't know what kind of garbage you're releasing, it's proof that you don't know how to stop.

The zero-waste movement that spread from Europe was reborn as Korea's #plastic pre-challenge campaign!

The campaign was jointly planned by the World Natural Fund (WWF) and the Jeju Pass to solve Jeju's garbage problem. It was promoted to use tumblers instead of plastic when using the cafe. Earn 1,000 won per Instagram post, and the proceeds from the campaign will be donated to Jeju Island Environmental Conservation and World Natural Fund.

In addition, various companies continue to consider the environment by reducing the use of plastic straws and plastic bags, and strive for low carbon life.


Please share the 16 practices I have introduced today so that many people can join Zero Waste Life and take a step closer to environmental protection! We must be happy when the earth is happy.



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