How much waste do you produce every day? Imagine multiplying that to almost 8 billion people worldwide. And if we don't do something today, Earth as we know it will never be the same because of all of our plastic and other waste mounting up in the oceans and on land. Our curated Zero Waste quotes talk about some of the hard truths associated with our wasteful consumerism alongside practical advice, inspirational messages, and many more regarding the global waste issue.
Eliminating waste has been a practice for millennia. Researchers found, as far as the 1300s, evidence of the Aztecs' ingenuity in waste management. For example, they reused burnable materials to illuminate public spaces at night. They also used organic waste to feed animals and grow plants. Also, they found a way to use human excrement for tanning leather. If ancient cities can do it, so can we.
Fortunately, the Zero Waste movement came to be around the 1980s. The modern movement still has yet to win the war for mother Earth, but we have already accumulated numerous successes. May our quotes below encourage you to join the zero-waste movement in pursuit of sustainable living.
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In the last few centuries, innovative ideas in all sciences have skyrocketed. However, even though plastics improved convenience across many aspects of society, they also posed new crises.
But thanks to modern minds who think about the threat of polymers, people have come up with innovative solutions.
To name a few, eco-friendly bioplastics made out of algae, sugar cane, and cornstarch are already available worldwide. Researchers are also working on an anaerobic fungus that eats plastic1. And finally, the simplest of them all, the eco-bricks, which everyone can make as long as they follow the guidelines.
We've come a long way! But we still have a great deal to do to realize the benefits of zero waste for the environment.
To make someone comprehend and take action, we should explain the zero-waste problem in a way that does not attack them or prevents the message from going through one ear and out the other ear.
Persuasion against issues is challenging, especially when the issue at hand currently brings them comfort or convenience. Encouraging someone to watch a documentary is an efficient way to educate, inspire, and persuade.
You can check out our quick guide to the must-watch plastic documentary films regarding the truth about plastics and read up on how to promote zero waste in your community.
Another way to persuade is by sharing condensed truth bombs in the form of quotes. So after reading our zero waste quotes below, watch one film from our recommendations.
Now the innovations have inspired you, and the films have educated you. You are now ready to start your zero-waste journey. It's always been challenging to make a 180-degree lifestyle change, but we can always start small. As stated in the first paragraph of this article, a single act multiplied by over 8 billion can already make an impact.
We don't even have to spend a single dime for it because we can start by refusing single-use plastic waste like plastic straws and plastic water bottles. Furthermore, we can practice the 4RS, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It may be inconvenient at first, but bringing a reusable water bottle means one less plastic cup in nature. And the list goes on.
If you're thinking, “It’s just one straw! It has no effect.” Yes, it does, so keep going.
After reading the Zero waste quotes below, you can check out 32 tips to help you start your zero waste journey.
Convincing eight billion people to start their zero-waste journey takes time, but the effects of the non-decomposing 380 million metric tons of plastic waste we produce yearly have no break.
The government's role in enforcing laws can expedite the cause, but not all have the capacity economically to shift to a plastic-free lifestyle instantly.
Some exemplary cities we should be emulating are San Francisco, United States, where composting is mandatory, and Kamikatsu, Japan, where they sort their garbage into 45 types and manage an 81% recycling rate.
Nevertheless, we can't copy them instantly. But if you are influential in your area, you can start your own zero-waste community. And who knows, your local government will begin making laws after seeing the impact.
Meanwhile, change can start with our own individual actions. Loads of zero waste swaps are easy to achieve, replacing single-use items with those that you can reuse or last for longer. Have a browse of our complete list of zero-waste products, or look for a local or online zero-waste store to pick up the essentials.
With that said, going zero waste doesn’t mean buying more stuff; simply storing leftovers in jars and containers you already have means less plastic production should you end up buying more wraps and plastic storage. Have a read of our tips on going zero waste on a budget for more straightforward ways to do so without spending too much.
Fortunately, famous and significant personalities worldwide made statements in support of the importance of zero waste from most recently to back throughout the history of zero waste. You can read some of their quotes below.
It's always good news when companies start going green. We start supporting them and feel good because we are helping mother earth. Some are truthful, but others are just capitalizing on the increasing demand for eco-friendly alternatives. This tactic is called greenwashing, and it's tricking us. Thus, our efforts for the planet our wasted.
When scrolling through our social media feeds, we should be mindful of companies' marketing tactics. Don't get lured in by what is trending because going zero-waste is for the long term.
Use the following captions below to promote the zero-waste lifestyle on social media.
Russell JR, Huang J, Anand P, Kucera K, Sandoval AG, Dantzler KW, Hickman D, Jee J, Kimovec FM, Koppstein D, Marks DH, Mittermiller PA, Núñez SJ, Santiago M, Townes MA, Vishnevetsky M, Williams NE, Vargas MP, Boulanger LA, Bascom-Slack C, Strobel SA. Biodegradation of polyester polyurethane by endophytic fungi. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Sep;77(17):6076-84. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00521-11. Epub 2011 Jul 15. PMID: 21764951; PMCID: PMC3165411.