The Urban Minimalist
A guided journey with Planetous to achieve "The Zero Waste Goal"
When microplastics were traced in potable water samples across different places around the world, it was an alarm worrying enough to wake up the world from its centuries long slumber. Now, the time has come when we cannot wait for governments or municipalities to take the load. This zero waste guide helps an average citizen to achive a garbage free home. We will start from scratch and first understand "What is zero waste"?
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The Living room and the Bedrooms
These spaces don’t generate regular waste but the choices we make while setting them up contribute to waste in the long term. Natural Biodegradable materials are not just waste free but also reduce indoor pollution caused by emssion of Volatile organic componds(VOCs) from furniture, paints etc.
Waste free Rooms, waste free homes(Bathroom):
Bathroom doesn't heap up your waste bins, the way kitchen does. Waste from bathrooms is mainly from packaging. A more responsible attitude towards toiletries consumption can eliminate the waste coming from the bathroom.As we discussed above, reinventing the whole bathroom consumables at once might seem a bit daunting and therefore we will start with something easy i.e. reducing the consumption.
Waste free Rooms, waste free homes(The Kitchen)
The kind and quantity of waste generated can be easily sorted and minimized if we trace it back to the source. We don’t expect you to change it all at once and impose stringent zero waste rules on your families. Rather aim at first streamlining our present day lifestyles in order to reduce consumption. Therefore we categorized various wastes originating from different rooms in order to figure out some solution.
The place where it all starts is the kitchen. Kitchen generates 70-80 percent of total waste in a home. Be it food waste, packaging, disposables etc.
What is Zero Waste?
The term "Zero waste" refers to the goal of generating zero or no waste at home that goes to the landfill. The zero waste movement has slowly gained grounds across the globe as people become more conscious of the wrong that has been done to the planet. Going zero waste is a long exhaustive journey, and is a lot influenced by the availability of products around you. However, the persistance of the flag bearers and some emerging brands with ecological perspective have made it easier to sail through. Planetous has tried to simplify this journey through this planned guide by organizing zero waste practices on the basis of ease to keep you motivated to achieve the goal.
Blending in: Zero waste for beginners
The whole concept of going zero waste is quite exhausting. For a family that empties out a bin or two of waste each day, going zero waste is like a utopian scheme. Some even feel that the waste they shell out will have to stink up their homes. But it’s not so! Just like the Rome was not built in a day, you can’t simply go from a hoarder to a minimalist in a day. Drastically changing lifestyle is not sustainable and might end up in quitting the motive at all.Therefore, we have chalked out four simple steps to begin with:
Composting: Rotting the organic
Why is composting so important?
Welcome to the new way of life! By now you must have developed a different perspective towards things you own, consume, buy or throw away. It’s now time to dive a little deeper into our nooks and corner of our homes to fetch out some important points on waste generation. The most important step that will reduce waste by more than half is, Composting. This is why we started potting plants initially. Composting plays major role when it comes to waste reduction. In fact, it must be the first step towards your zero waste goals. But we started with gardening to keep your composting goals motivated through the journey.