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What is Zero-Waste really?

What is true zero-waste? Depending on what you read it can vary from loose ideas about full-circle systems to “everything must come in absolutely no packaging”.

Some web definitions are:

Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Any trash sent to landfills is minimal. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.

  • A process of building that has a closed waste loop, where all outputs are used again as inputs and no waste is created.
  • The goal of developing products and services, managing their use and deployment, and creating recycling systems and markets in order to eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials and conserve and recover all resources. …
For the purposes of my fast food trials I will be using the zero-waste means zero-waste definition. There might be a sticker here or a bag there that won’t be avoided but that will be the measure to whether Zero-Waste Fast Food is possible in the real world.
During a recent googling of Zero-Waste Fast Food, one of the blogs I came across was about zero-waste soup. I was a bit confused because she used canned vegetables and beans as part of the recipe. My thoughts would be that it was more of a “totally recyclable or compostable” recipe rather than a zero-waste one.
I’m not against recycling or composting. I think they are great. I’m also not wanting people to think that our family is perfect as far as waste. As a family we have made some changes for the better but we still throw away our share of garbage every week. We do use mostly all environmentally friendly cleaning products, recycle as much as we can and try to make wise purchases that will stand the test of time.

I do feel it’s important to discuss possibilities and seek changes. If Coke can develop a zero-waste vending machine called Freestyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQFpEDDSopA than anything is possible! Could you see yourself filling your own 2 litres of pop while grocery shopping? Still excited about the new grocery store in Austin, TX called In.gredients. A future consumer option that encourages sustainability http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvyTCx2Uo6k.

And here I am on a Saturday night. Typing on the computer and looking over at the styrofoam containers my Chinese Food got delivered in. The sad thing (good thing) is that now I will never be able to order Chinese Food like that ever again. Now that my eyes are open I cannot just blindly go forth. Damn. I really like Chinese Food delivery.


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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