What’s Zero Waste
The Zero Waste International Alliance defines Zero Waste as:
“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”
In Filipino, Zero Waste is translated not as “walang basura” but rather as “walang aksaya,” recognizing that though there will always be things that we’ll “discard,” we can redesign our processes and change our lifestyles to ensure that nothing gets “wasted.”