Waste

There are 101 ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce, which is important for many reasons. The average American generates 4 pounds of waste a day. There are 319,000,000 people in the US. That’s 1,276,000,000 pounds of crap being thrown out a day. All of that needs to be collected by heavy-ass inefficient trucks, sorted, incinerated, or put in landfills, all of which have their own awful impacts on the environment.

Recycling is not "the answer" either. For years 70% of the worlds plastic was being sold to China, but now they aren't taking it. Most of the plastic is going into the sea, where it's killing everything. Even undiscovered life forms living 4 miles down are appearing with plastic lodged in their stomach.

Other types of waste are a problem too. In the U.S, 40% of food is thrown out. Scotland produces 456,000 tonnes of food waste a year compared to 224,000 tonnes of plastic waste. France set up a "ban" on food waste to reduce this through tax incentives and other means, putting them at the top of the Food Sustainability Index, but in most countries the majority of food waste goes into landfills. Landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the United States, and methane has a twenty five times stronger heat-trapping effect than CO2.

Focusing on refusing, reducing, and reusing, will do much more good for the climate.

"[the concept of zero waste] is not about perfection; it's about making better choices." -- Kathryn Kellogg, goingzerowaste.com

Share this page:

Cleaning supplies with zero-waste packaging, and a powerful clean that's better for you and the planet.

Learn More

The world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds, Bio Bean recycle spent coffee grounds into sustainable products, like coffee logs for fires, and other biomass fuel.

Learn More

We connect neighbors to share food, and other things, rather than chuck them away.

Learn More

Open-source community who share instructions for creating plastic shredders, injectors, and sheet presses, so you can create anything you want from used plastic. Collect plastic from neighbors, clean it, shred it, 3D print a mold, and create anything you can imagine! You can buy the machines too if making them is out of your wheelhouse.

Learn More

Get on our mailing list, save the world!

We'll never share your email with anyone else.