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Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes ‘recycling’ but goes beyond recycling by taking a ‘whole system’ approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society.

Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.

Zero Waste:

  • redesigns the current, one-way industrial system into a circular system modeled on Nature’s successful strategies
  • challenges badly designed business systems that “use too many resources to make too few people more productive”
  • addresses, through job creation and civic participation, increasing wastage of human resources and erosion of democracy
  • helps communities achieve a local economy that operates efficiently, sustains good jobs, and provides a measure of self-sufficiency.
  • aims to eliminate rather than manage waste

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Spring is finally coming! I can see my first bulbs springing up, the buds on the Magnolia’s are getting more robust and I have spotted several Robin Red Breasts flitting around my garden. On Friday the kids and I actually cleaned the patio furniture off and hung out in the garden blowing bubbles and dreaming of warmer weather.

It’s around this time every year that I get the bug to get my garden cleaned up, planted, do spring cleaning, store away the extra winter blankets, sweaters, snow boots etc and get outside!

The following article is from H Bishara who shares with us a greener way to tackle Spring cleaning – enjoy!

H Bishara’s top five eco-friendly things to do this spring:

  1. This year I’m eliminating any chemicals from my garden and planting all organic plants. It’s a little more expensive and a little harder to find, but it’s a lot healthier for your kids if they play in your yard to get rid of those awful fertilizers full of chemicals.
  2. My spring cleaning will be done with lots of vinegar, baking soda and plant derived cleaners. Get rid of those old cleaners that are made with petrochemicals, unnatural fragrances and use products that bring a healthier environment to your home. Did you know that your indoor air could be causing health issues to you and your family?
  3. Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Wash your windows with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, usually this will improve your indoor air quality and leave your windows spotless.
  4. Is it time to clean out a few clogged drains? Here are some helpful tips for a more natural way to clean drains. Throw away those chemicals; they go straight to our water supply.
  5. Time to go green with your hot water heater; your water heater uses a lot of energy to keep water hot 24/7. Check out tankless water heaters or called hot water on demand systems.

For starters just do one task in an eco-friendly way and then pass this list on to a friend and encourage her to do the same. We can create a better planet one step at a time.

Author – H Bishara

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