Z is for Zero Waste


Today,  in our A to Z Challenge, our word is Zero Waste.

There is a LOT going on in industries and government with waste right now. We might groan at the packaging that comes to us with boxes inside of boxes with big hard plastic containers you have to use a scissors to open, but many companies around the world are working to lessen their impact with Zero Waste. As Eric Lombardi points out in his article, Zero Landfill is Not Zero Waste, there is a big difference between burning stuff and eliminating the waste altogether.

When I went to see National Parks at the IMAX theater the other day, I was impressed by what Subaru is doing so I looked it up. They are making some great strides in eliminating waste in manufacturing. They’ve done so well that they are leading an effort to create zero waste in the national parks as well – a very bold and caring move. Go Subaru!!

Then there are movements like 350.org, ZeroWaste.org, EcoCycle.org, ZeroWasteEurope.eu, to name a few.

Some cities are getting into it too: Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Francisco all have strong zero waste campaigns to support their businesses in eliminating waste. San Francisco has even gone as far as to ban plastic shopping bags! (Yeah, San Francisco!) Some groups are going as far as to make note of what vendors are not recyclable and to reach out to them to ask them to consider changing to zero waste products. In the Minneapolis area, we have General Mills, so this could make a huge difference if they get on board with it. Even NYC has its own zero waste policies going into effect.

The U.S. Government has even gotten on board with the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. There is also a bill going through Congress right now called the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act, that would fund a lot of these types of projects. Let’s hope it goes through! (Here’s a laymen’s version of the bill.)

As you can see, there is a lot happening with Zero Waste and we are grateful! What is your neighborhood or city doing for zero waste? Let us know in the comments!

Today is the last day of the A to Z!!! But we are not stopping here… tomorrow, I start the Inspired Blogging Challenge – a 30 day challenge to help boost blog readers. If you are a blogger and want something fun to do in May 2016, you should join us!

This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here.  

The list so far…

A is for Aspen
B is for BreathB is for Butterfly
C is for Consciousness
D is for Deep Space
E is for Earth
F is for Fire
G is for Garden Gnomes
H is for Heaven
I is for Inequality
J is for Jade
K is for Kissing
L is for Light
M is for Milky Way
N is for Native
O is for Octopus
P is for Pollution
Q is for Quiet
R is for Rocks
S is for Solitude
T is for Trails
U is for Universe
V is for Vegetables
W is for Water
X is for Xtra-Terrestrials
Y is for Yellow Emperor



  1. We certainly have a far way to go in this area, but it’s always good to hear about those affecting change. We’ve had a modified no-plastic-bags in Chicago policy that’s had a pretty mixed effect. Some research is indicating about 30% of people are now using reuseable bags at the grocery store, but the ordinance allows for heavier reuseable plastic bags to be offered which require 5 times more energy to manufacture and of course are then 5 times more problematic in disposal. Sigh.
    Deborah Weber recently posted…Manifesto: Z is for…My Profile

    • It took me six months to convert to reusable bags. It is not an easy transition – lots of forgetting the bags (in the car, at home, etc). But I kept at it and can safely say that now I almost always use the bags. Once in a blue moon, I’ll forget, or buy more than I came in for and take a bag, but its rare.
      amy recently posted…Z is for Zero WasteMy Profile

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! It was fun to read 🙂 Hope all is well with you.
    ronda snow recently posted…Ooooooo – I likeMy Profile

  3. Well done for finishing the challenge. Phew! We got there. Waste drives me crazy, although I haven’t tackled the plastic shopping bags well. I’ve been using lunchboxes and no wrappers for at least 5 years with my kids and don’t buy much in the way of chips anyway but hate how there are all those small packets of chips for kids producing so much waste. I am also a keen op shopper, but that’s more of a personal preference. We also have a worm farm.

  4. Congratulations on making it all the way through the alphabet.
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