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. …
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.