If you’re looking for ways to design out waste in your life and reduce your carbon footprint, Transition Bondi has teamed up with Plastic Free Bronte to create Zero Waste East – a resource of tips you can integrate into your daily life.
Over the years we have become accustomed to buying, using a product and then disposing of it. ‘Take, Make, Waste’.
We now know that there is a finite amount of resources, and making new things requires lots of energy. Additionally, the waste we create as individuals has to end up somewhere, and we’re running out of ways to store and manage waste.
Zero Waste East is based on the principles of the Circular Economy which aims to keep materials in use for as long as possible to reduce the need for new resources. Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Recycle.
If this information feels overwhelming (I’m busy! I have a lot on my plate!) We hear you. You might also feel that changing how we live on an individual level and that being conscientious in what we choose to consume can feel futile in the face of such large and complex systemic challenges. However, according to Drawdown.org the Drawdown Solutions analysis reveals that individual and household actions have the potential to produce roughly 25–30 percent of the total emissions reductions needed to avoid dangerous climate change (>1.5°C rise).
The science shows that change is needed throughout the system, and these individual actions play an essential role in the transition we need to solve the climate crisis. By adopting a lower impact lifestyle, combined with joining a local community group and being part of collective action, we can start to bring about the changes we need to get to net-zero faster than is being adopted by our governments.
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