Clean up your act by becoming a ‘zero waster’

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Posted on: 8th November, 2016

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

Nobody much likes thinking about the amount of waste generated by seven billion people; the millions of acres of landfill or the effluent and single-use plastics that are turning our oceans into a polluted soup that is ravaging marine life. However, a rapidly growing international movement known as ‘Zero Waste’ has begun to make a real impact on this problem. All over the world individuals and groups are turning to the self-empowering concept of Zero Waste to radically change their consumption habits and are making a discernible impact on their local environments as a result.

What is Zero Waste?  Google the term and you will immediately be offered stories of high profile proponents of the movement such as French woman Bea Johnson, who lives in California, and who is in huge demand all over the world to talk about how she has managed to reduce the waste for a whole year for her family of four to fit into just one medium sized Kilner jar.

Here in Ireland there is a thriving facebook group, Zero Waste Ireland, which anyone can join to find tips on how to minimise waste across different categories of consumption such as food, cleaning, personal hygiene, baby care, social living and so forth – and save a considerable amount of money in the process. The cornerstones of the Zero Waste movement are ‘the five Rs’: Refuse; Reduce; Reuse; Recycle; Rot.

In late November, there will be two invaluable opportunities to find out how you can become a zero waster. The Zero Waste Ireland facebook page is moderated by the ever-enthusiastic Timi Konya who is travelling to West Cork from Dublin to share her experience. The first talk takes place in Organico, Bantry on Friday, November 25 at 4pm and the second will be held at the Eldon Hotel in Skibbereen on Saturday, November 26 at 11am.

For more information meanwhile visit the Zero Waste Ireland facebook page or phone 089 435 2675.

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