Where does our trash go once we throw it away?
How much trash do we generate?
And do we care?
These are the questions that the “Zero Waste Challenge” seeks to address. Why is it socially acceptable to put as much trash as you please in the can, but not in a bag you carry with you? People who take on this challenge are usually amazed at what they find.
It’s easy – the idea is to collect everything that you don’t recycle or compost (or otherwise legitimately divert from the trash), in a clear bag, and then carry the bag with you for a week. The bag should be prominently displayed or clipped to backpacks or bags. Try it, even for only part of the week. You will be surprised at how much you learn about waste and your own habits (and how it changes your decision-making when your trash is connected to you! Why is that?).
Read about others’ experiences with the challenge on our blog.
If you would like to try the Zero Waste Challenge yourself or organize a Zero Waste Week for a group or organization, follow these simple rules: