Zero waste is about more than just starting a compost pile or using refillable water bottles. By going zero waste, it also means you are cutting down on the amount of greenhouse gasses you produce on a daily basis. Obviously you can never produce zero greenhouse gas emissions, since you would have to quit breathing to do so. However, there are ways to cut down on your greenhouse gas emissions by changing your daily habits or the products you use.
As an example, plastic bottles (or any other disposable plastics) are derived from types of oil we pump out of the ground. Because of this, each item requires a certain amount of energy in order to be produced. The byproduct of using that energy is usually carbon dioxide (CO2). By using reusable bottles or any other reusable item in place of disposable items, you can cut down on the amount of plastic used which reduces the amount of CO2 being produced, thus moving you further along on your zero waste path.
With the winter months upon us, one might find themselves cranking up the heat in their living quarters. By doing so it uses much more energy than if the thermostat was left on a lower setting. Not only would it save energy to keep the temperature at a lower setting, but it would also save money.
With the steady rise of greenhouse gasses becoming a larger problem, more and more people are encouraged to reduce the amount of resources and energy they use. Trying to cut down on the amount of waste you produce is never an easy task - especially since many of us have grown up throwing away plastic and not giving it a second thought. However, if everyone starts adjusting their habits in even the most minor of ways, the goal in mind is much more achievable.
~Written by Austin Slabaugh~