What Is Zero Waste?
|| Zero Waste is a philosophy
and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes 'recycling'
but goes beyond recycling by taking a 'whole system' approach to the
vast flow of resources and waste through human society.
Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption
and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled
back into nature or the marketplace.
Zero Waste makes recycling a powerful
entry point into a critique of excessive consumption, waste, corporate irresponsibility,
and the fundamental causes of environmental destruction.
- redesigns the current,
one-way industrial system into a circular system modeled on Nature's
- challenges badly designed
business systems that "use too many resources to make too few
people more productive"
- addresses, through job
creation and civic participation, increasing wastage of human
resources and erosion of democracy
- helps communities achieve
a local economy that operates efficiently, sustains good jobs,
and provides a measure of self-sufficiency.
- aims to eliminate rather
than manage waste
| "Zero Waste poses a fundamental
challenge to 'business as usual.' … It has the potential to motivate
people to change their life styles, demand new products, and insist
that corporations and governments behave in new ways. This is a very
-- Peter Montague, editor of Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly
| "Zero Waste is the mother of
-- Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation
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What is GRRN's Zero Waste Campaign?
GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) is a North American network of waste
reduction activists and professionals dedicated to achieving a sustainable
economy based on the principle of Zero Waste. GRRN's Zero Waste Campaign
advocates for corporate responsibility for waste, government policies for
resource conservation, and sustainable jobs from discards.
Read more about GRRN's Zero Waste Campaign