Welcome to Zero Waste Tips, a blog dedicated to sharing tips and recommendations on living a low waste lifestyle.
I’m Ros, a Civil and Environmental Engineer, with a couple degrees in the field:
– BSc. (Eng) Civil with Environmental Engineering (First Class)
– MSc. Environmental Engineering
So, I’ve learned a couple things about designing and building systems to handle waste and environmental changes.
But, it’s not going to get too technical here. Instead, you’ll find simple ways to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Where am I from?
I’m from the Caribbean – Trinidad and Tobago to be exact – so, you’ll definitely see elements of island life in many of my recommendations.
It’s hot all year round here and the only seasons we see are: a dry season (Jan to May) and a wet one (June to Dec). In the latter part of the year, we also experience tropical storms and hurricanes.
Living on an island, it is impossible to ignore climate change and sea level rise. It’s happening and it has been happening for decades.
This is real-life.
Our temperatures are hitting new record highs every year. Storms are becoming more destructive. And our Caribbean neighbors are seeing Category 5 hurricanes more frequently than ever before.
We are also seeing pollution from plastics and our oil and gas sector.
That’s why we need to do everything we can to reduce the waste we generate and our carbon footprint.
Our beautiful planet is worth fighting for.
Defining zero waste
Everyone has a different definition for zero waste.
Here is how I look at it:
- shop responsibly,
- consume products that don’t over-exploit resources, people, or the environment,
- follow the cycle of refusing, reducing, reusing, repairing, recycling and rotting,
- stay away from single-use plastic,
- keep as much trash out of landfills as possible,
- keep as much hazardous chemicals out of the air, water, and soil as possible.
But, I’m not naive.
These are not easy to follow. No one is perfect.
At the same time, I believe plastics are important in today’s society. Think about all its life-saving medical applications. Or how it can improve the quality of life of differently-abled bodies.
But, single-use plastic utensils wrapped in plastic packaging given to you in a plastic bag with plastic takeout containers are all unnecessary.
There are better, more sustainable options.
And that’s the point of this blog – to find eco friendly ways of doing things.
If you are interested in this, then check out this post:
How Do You Go Zero Waste On A Budget? 23 Tips That’ll Help
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you do enjoy reading.
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