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Eduarda Cuadros Marquez's picture


Day a day we produce and use a lot of single-use plastics that we may think : it is just one for plastics fork or one plastic straw, how bad can it be? well, maybe if you put 7 billion people saying the same thing everyday it changes right? Trying to live a zero waste lifestyle means to make the less waste and trash in our day-to-day life. It involves a lot of motivation and commitment. Living a zero waste life doesn't happen overnight it is a process. How to do this? Well, plastic bottles and plastic bags are the worst single-use offenders that mostly end up in our oceans. A good way to start a zero waste life is getting a reusable bottle and bags for groceries! to avoid the plastic bags in the checkout. I consider myself a coffee person, so instead of asking for a take away cup i have my keep cup always with me. There are so many changes that I'm making in this journey to a zero waste life like reusable straws, containers, bamboo toothbrushes, among others. I'm in this process for almost 10 months already and it feels so good to know that you are actually doing something to stop this climate and environment crisis. From caring comes change and like a rubbish bin, the earth is filling up with trash. "We don't need just a couple of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need a million doing it imperfectly." -Anne Marie Bonneau (zero waste chef)


Julia Sozonova's picture

Zero waste

No plastic waste. I will not buy plastic bottles of water, try to go to local market for groceries.


Claire Brace's picture

Reduce Food Waste

After taking on a research project last semester on the extent and impact of food waste in Australia I have become very conscious of how much food goes to waste in my household. Before this I hadn't even thought about how much methane is created by sending food to landfill, and the devastating effect of these additional GHGs on our climate and ecosystems. So I am committing to reducing my household's food waste through more conscious shopping and cooking, and the use of our newly completed worm farms (a little semester break DYI!) to turn any remaining waste into liquid fertiliser for the garden :)


Claire Brace's picture

No more disposables!

While I am already an avid user of my Keep Cup and re-usable water bottle at uni, I would like to take this commitment one step further. Waste is such a huge problem in Australia (especially with all the take-away coffee lovers in Melbourne!) and I'm not sure that just recycling what we can is enough. So I am saying no to disposable food and drink containers, and no to plastic bags! I will only use my reusable Keep Cup, drink bottle, lunch box, and shopping bags :) Here's to approaching zero waste!



Costanza Rivarossa | 08/21/2017 - 16:37

I wish I had a garden, i only have a little balcony =(. However, I do have biodegradable rubbish bags that I use for the food scraps, and where I live there is a local compost garden! Also, I work at a shop where we sell compost bins that allow the air flow and therefore reduce the bed smells in the kitchen, if you want to check it out let me know I'll give you details!

Alana Parkinson's picture


I will ONLY use a REUSABLE coffee cup, water bottle and shopping bag


The girl who lived waste free

Have you ever thought about how much waste you produce in a day? How about a year? The average Australian person generates 2000kg of waste per year. For an average household, that amount of rubbish is enough to fill a three-bedroom house. Not only that, globally it is estimated there is nearly 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our waterways.

These statistics were enough to inspire one young woman to eliminate trash completely. Over the past three years New Yorker Lauren Singer has amassed only a mason jar's worth of trash – that is, trash that is non-recyclable and non-compostable that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

The 25-year-old was studying environmental science at university when she realised how much plastic and waste she produced every day. In making the transition, Lauren stopped buying packaged products and started taking her own bags and jars to supermarkets. She stopped buying new clothing, and shopped only second-hand. She started buying organic fruits and vegetables, bulk whole grains and legumes, as well as a lot of seasonal, local food.

Her lifestyle is a testament to the fact that living sustainably doesn't have to be challenging, difficult or boring. Nor does it happen overnight. It took Lauren a whole year to transition to living almost entirely waste free.

So where can you start?

  • Map out where you create waste
  • Make the switch. Use reusable bags, cotton drawstring bags and reusable coffee cups.
  • Seek alternatives. Like using compostable toothbrushes instead. Or making your own shampoo and washing detergents.

Could you commit to a life where nothing you use goes into landfill? Well, perhaps this is just the inspiration you need. Make it your challenge and Take One Step today.

Lauren started a blog called Trash is for Tossers that follows her journey and outlines different ways to live zero waste lives. 

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