Little jars, a stainless steel water bottle, a book of Bea’s, ultra fashionable pictures on Instagram, …Do you recognise? Yes, it’s the famous zero waste trend! Some people will say that it’s very nice, but they just don’t have the time, others will let the idea mature in their minds while some already have their own habits. We suggest you take a closer look:
In October 2020, we were partners of Carouge Zero Waste. It was an opportunity for us to take a look at a trend that some of us and many of our clients are following.
The word Zero Waste
The term comes from the English “zero waste”. “waste” means on the one hand ” trash “, but also ” to spoil”. By adopting a zero waste behavior, we think upstream. Even before recycling, we try not to produce waste: avoid single-use packaging, think about natural resources, save them, think about the carbon footprint from manufacturing to recycling… In short, have a circular thinking.
And to help us adopt this circular thinking, here is the famous 5Rs principle.
Refuse: This is pretty straightforward, we simply refuse what we don’t need. By doing this, for example by refusing single-use packaging, we help to reduce demand. By doing so, we force people to question their habits.
Reduce: what if we stopped “over-consuming”? Favour soft mobility or carpooling, don’t print what you don’t need to, reduce your energy consumption, etc.
Reuse: our objects have a life span, they can be repaired, sold and reused.
Recycle: Recycling is at the bottom of the list, because although it is so often valued and Switzerland is an exemplary country in this field, recycling is not without impact on the environment. By recycling, we change the nature of the object to create something else. This requires energy and the carbon footprint can sometimes be disastrous. In the end, you recycle what you couldn’t refuse or what can’t have a second life.
Rot: ooh, this is the one we’ve been waiting for! Our famous organic waste, which we prefer to call organic resources. Since it comes from nature, by decomposing, it will give back its benefits to our soils, after having been used to generate renewable energy. What a virtuous circle! However, sorting this waste is not so simple. Not all waste can be composted and managing a compost at home is complicated. But don’t panic, we’re preparing an article on the topic.
Our 715kg annual household waste PER PERSON makes us the 3rd biggest waste producing country in Europe
Being good at recycling is fine, but being sustainable is better. Rather than quantity, think quality. Here again, let’s think about the quality of our consumption, of our actions, and this will be another step towards Zero Waste.
We suggest a first step: stop throwing your organic waste in the household bin and opt for Mint 😉