RESEARCH – Social

Number of people interested in environmental problems is increasing. There are many apps/tools/websites online dedicated to raising awareness of different issues and what can we do to decrease and deal with the the harmful consequences we’re facing.

Since I’m focusing on the waste reduction side, specifically in zero-waste lifestyle.

What is zero-waste lifestyle?

Zero-waste lifestyle followers (or simply zero-wasters) attempt to reduce the amount of waste they produce in every possible way by using own reusable containers wherever they go, by avoiding pre-packaged things and choosing recyclable, reusable and sustainably made materials. Term ‘zero-waste’ represents an idea, an ultimate goal for anyone following this lifestyle.

The movement is less than 10 years old, but already have attracted many people from different parts of the world.
There are three Facebook groups of respectable size:

  • Journey to Zero-Waste – 11,104 members.
  • Zero-Waste Heroes!  – 5,111 members.
  • Zero-Waste Youth – 4,425 members. (All as of 8/12/16.)

Most famous representers are:

  • Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home.
  • Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers.
  • Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste, and some others.

List of zero-waste bloggers from different nations can be found here and here. Lots of good names and organisations here as well.

Based on my online research, hardest part about following this lifestyle is undoubtedly:

  • Finding places that sell package-free food/kitchen/bathroom products.
  • Finding/understanding zero-waste alternatives for everyday products (e.g. understanding what products are recyclable, compostable and eco-friendly).

As can be seen above, zero-wasters are present on different Social Medias, including: Blogger, Facebook, Instagram. Some of the Instagrammers are:

  • Zerowastehome
  • trashisfortossers
  • _wastelandrebel_
  • lifewithoutplastic
  • going.zero.waste
  • livingwastefree
  • plasticfreetuesday
  • bezerowastegirl
  • zerowastechef
  • zerowastenerd
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