LIFE WITH LESS WASTE
To celebrate Plastic Free July we’re bringing you the inspiring story of a zero waste/waste free family in Hobart, Australia. Lauren, Oberon, and their kids have found ways to produce almost no rubbish – they’ve only filled one small jar of waste in two years!
They’ve been able to do this though a combination of small lifestyle changes including; buying food in bulk, bringing their own containers and bags to shops, buying locally grown food from the farmers market, composting their food scraps and pet poo, and buying secondhand clothes made from natural fibers.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "LIFE WITH LESS WASTE"
- On our current trajectory, we’ll produce more plastic in the next decade than has been produced since the 1950s – and that’s just one type of waste material. The average household in Australia produces three 3-bedroom houses worth of waste a year!
- Food packaging (and in fact all product packaging!) is a big part of peoples’ waste. Choosing stores that allow you to bring your own containers and bags reduces an enormous amount of waste headed to landfill.
- A lot of energy goes into recycling and we don’t always know where those items go, so making purchasing choices that avoid packaging is also important.
- Composting food scraps and using a worm farm for pet poo reduces a huge amount of a family’s landfill waste as well as creating a great home resource for building garden soil toward growing your own food.
- Part of taking responsibility for what you bring home is avoiding synthetic materials in clothing, because you will need to deal with those items at the end of their life. If it’s not compostable, look for an alternative option.
- Include your kids in conversations about why and how, right from the start – take them with you on this awesome planet-saving journey!
- You don’t have to go out and buy new “eco” products! Replace what you have when it’s at the end of its life and then search for the same items made in more sustainable ways.
- It’s important that the approach to waste minimisation comes from governing bodies as well as individuals. But we have so much power as individuals to make positive change and our actions will filter out and upwards into the chains of power to create the systemic change we need.