International Day of Zero Waste

International Day of Zero Waste

Today (March 30) is the International Day of Zero Waste!

Did you know?

  • Food that ends up in landfills generates 8 to 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Every minute, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean.
  • If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • More than 75 per cent of all electronic waste is not safely managed.

What can you do to help eliminate waste?

  • Think of ways to minimise food waste - cooking wilted vegies into a stock or soup, freezing for later use (frozen veges and fruits are great in smoothies!), only buying what you need, meal planning so you know exactly what you need!
  • Don't buy single use.  Look at ways you can reuse things - water bottles, food containers, clothes.
  • Repair items that are broken.
  • Resell or donate clothes and items that you can.  There are lots of great upcycling options. For example in our area, there is a great Free Stuff Facebook page.  Ask mum or dad to have a look with you.  The saying 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' is very true!
  • Consider sustainably production - eg recycled products rather than mass produced.