The call for people to live more sustainably has been persisting since time immemorial. Various environmental organisations and groups have been campaigning for a zero-waste lifestyle that aims to minimise the amount of rubbish we send to landfills.
Sydney alone produces over 5,500 tonnes of rubbish daily, and about 37% of that amount ends up in landfills. Because of this, it is only opportune that we minimise the waste we produce by living a zero-waste lifestyle.
How can you live a zero-waste lifestyle?
Reduce the amount of waste you produce
Living sustainably must be a habit. You can do so by reducing the amount of waste you produce. That means bringing your own containers and eco-bags when you buy food and groceries.
Reducing waste is also as simple and practical as purchasing only the things you need and food items you can consume before they go bad. Reducing waste is the first step in living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Reuse and recycle as much as you can
Reusing and recycling your waste should only come after reducing. That’s because if you did reduce the waste you generate devotedly, you should only deal with little to no trash for recycling and reusing. Reusing means prolonging the product life of an item so that it doesn’t end up in the landfill yet.
On the other hand, recycling entails transforming recyclable goods like metals, glass, and paper into a raw material that can be used and sold again for production.
Compost organic waste
Biodegradable wastes can’t be reused or recycled. They should also not end up in landfills because they generate methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. The best way to deal with organic wastes is to compost them in your yard so that they degrade and turn into fertiliser for your garden.
Zero-Waste Centres in Sydney
Sydney is regarded as Australia’s most sustainable city. The city is home to various stores, businesses, and centres that practice and promote zero-waste living.
From bulk and refilling stores, shops that sell environment-friendly products, to sustainable hotels and restaurants, Sydney is teeming with zero-waste centres.
Zero-waste Grocery Shopping
A lot of zero-waste stores are available in Sydney. These stores sell in bulk and refill to reduce the packaging waste generated from individually packing the items.
This means you can bring your own refill container to fill them with nuts, grains, oats, and other ingredients and food items you might need. Here are some zero-waste stores found in Sydney
- Source Bulk Foods is located at Zetland, Balmain, Willoughby, Crows Nest, Glebe, and Balgowlah, Sydney
- Naked Foods located at Bondi Junction, Newtown, Glebe, Cronulla, and Canberra, Sydney
- Scoop Wholefoods located at Bondi Beach, Mona Vale, and Mosman, Sydney
Several stores across Sydney also sell environment-friendly products like bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, and reusable utensils and beverage containers. These sustainable stores aim to reduce the amount of rubbish in our landfills.
Zero-waste Cafes and Restaurants
Even some restaurants in Sydney are going zero-waste. These restaurants and cafes feature organic and seasonal produce from local farms in the area. They are also going green in terms of the way they serve their food and deal with leftovers.
Sydney’s most famous sustainable restaurants include Cornersmith, Single O, and Red Lantern.
Sydney also offers plenty of environment-friendly places to stay in. They are considered so because the buildings are preserved and converted warehouses and cafes.
Moreover, the decors and embellishments in the place are reused and refurbished paintings and furnishings. The Old Clare Hotel and Paramount House Hotel are zero-waste hotels in Sydney.
Sydney is currently doing a great job in reducing waste generation and practising the zero-waste lifestyle. To make the campaign more impactful and revolutionary, every resident in Sydney should do their part and practise the 3Rs of waste management.
Aussie Junk 100% supports the zero-waste movement. That’s why proper waste management is at the core of our rubbish removal operations. Aside from collecting your junk at home and loading them into our truck, our team will also sort them appropriately so that they get their proper disposal and reprocessing.
We have partner recycling facilities that can deal with your recyclables most efficiently and sustainably possible.
Let us deal with the tasks of heavy lifting and transporting your rubbish to landfills. We guarantee you that we care about the environment as much as you do. Call Kurt now at 0435 569 921. Together, let’s work towards zero-waste earth.