Zero Waste, as promoted here, is a philosophy based on a set of practices aimed at avoiding as much waste as possible.
For me, I achieve this by following the 5 R’s in this exact order:
- Refuse what I do not need.
- Reduce what I do need.
- Reuse by using reusables.
- Recycle what I cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse (as a very last resort)
- Rot (compost) the rest.
We understand that perfectly achieving “zero waste” is currently impossible, as we live within a linear economy, not a circular one. However, in recognizing the need for a circular economy, we aim our actions and purchases in supporting one.
Inclusivity stands above all. We recognize environmental justice is tied with many pursuits including, but not limited to, dismantling colonialism, fighting for racial justice, and promoting economic justice.