What Is Zero Waste?
February 15, 2011 by colbornezerowaste
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.
- 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