You may have heard of the phrase “Zero Waste” before, but what does it actually mean? Zero Waste has the ultimate goal of creating no waste and using our precious resources wisely. Taking the step towards a zero waste lifestyle is much easier than you may think.
Take action and follow the 5R’s for Zero Waste ––
• Reduce needless consumption and the generation of waste. When purchasing something at the store, try to buy items that have less packaging. Reuse any item that can be reused, or give it to a person/charity that can reuse it.
• If items cannot be reused, recycle what you can, and only dispose of what you must.
• Rot your food and yard waste by composting - nature's way of recycling.
• Rethink about the waste you produce by using alternative products, considering how you can further reduce your environmental footprint, and what you can do to root out unnecessary wastefulness.
Film yourself teaching the community what items go into the recycling bin and what items go in the landfill bin.
Prizes will be based on video creativity and focus on zero waste.
Submissions should be emailed to GreenOceanside@oceansideca.org by July 20, 2020.
• Play the Zero Waste Game to test your knowledge on what happens to items when they are recycled, landfilled, donated, or composted.
• What Goes Where? Sort items into four different categories: recyclables, compost, electronic waste, and landfill waste with the Litter Critters team!
• Explore Recycle City to learn how its residents reduce waste, use less energy, and even save money by doing simple tasks at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods.
• Earth Day Crossword
• Earth Day Word Search
Check out the below crafts and projects you can work on while at home!
• Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency - DIY Projects to Get Your Self-Reliant Lifestyle Started
• 27 Zero Waste DIY's to save you money, and protect our planet!
• The Zero-Waste Lifestyle - Live Well by Throwing Away Less
• David Suzuki's Green Guide
• More Good News - Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis
• Food for a Greener Planet - What You Can Do
• Living in the Anthropocene - Earth in the Age of Humans
• Sustainable Revolution
• Food in Jars - Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
• How to Think Seriously about the Planet - The Case for an Environmental Conservatism
• Every Day Conservation
• Grow More with Less - Sustainable Garden Methods
A great way to achieve a zero waste lifestyle is by saying no to single-use plastic and disposable items. Instead, choose from a variety of reusables! Whether it is switching from a plastic water bottle to one you can refill, bringing your own reusable containers when dining out, or putting your leftovers in reusable pouches instead of plastic baggies, there are many ways to reduce your waste.
How many single-use plastic and disposable items do you use in a year, and what are their impacts? Find out by using the Plastic Footprint Calculator
Reducing your food waste is a key step to achieving a zero waste lifestyle. Check out the below community groups to learn how you can reduce food waste through recipes, tips on storage, helpful handouts, meal calculators, and more!
• Save the Food
• San Diego Food System Alliance
• United States Environmental Protection Agency
Are you interested in learning how to compost? Now is the perfect time to start! Composting is nature's way of recycling. Learn more about backyard composting Through the Solana Center’s Compost it Yourself Guide.
Interested in building your own vermicompost bin? Find the steps here: Green Oceanside's Vermicomposting Guide