Living Zero Waste is all about evaluating the full life cycle of products, not necessarily eliminating all waste. In this video, Sustainability Specialist Kathryn Kellogg shows you how living zero waste zeroes in on your power as an individual to create the life you want while saving money, living healthier, and making time for what brings you joy.

Key Takeaways

  • Living Zero Waste means paying more attention to the full lifecycle of the products you use.
  • A Zero Waste lifestyle also involves spreading awareness about sustainability issues and using your voice and actions to promote change.
  • You don’t need to eliminate all waste from your life to live a Zero Waste lifestyle. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about doing your best to make a difference.

Video Transcript

Living a Zero Waste lifestyle is simply looking at the full lifecycle of products in a new way. It's not about being perfect, and it's not about eliminating all waste from your entire life. It's about using your life and your actions to signal change and create more awareness about sustainability issues. It's about showing a demand in the markets and using your life as an act of protest, to demand more sustainable changes from business and our policy. For me, it's also about saving money, living a healthier lifestyle, cutting out the excess, and focusing on the things that truly bring me joy and enrich my life. When you simplify one part of your life, it opens up the time and energy to focus on the things that you truly care about. You might think that what you do as an individual can't affect significant change in the world. But as Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”