It’s often easier to turn a blind eye; to not pay attention. We strive to be good people; yet we still make mistakes.

Although mistakes are a natural, healthy part of being human, it is important for us to recognise that many of the mistakes we make, we don’t even notice. Or perhaps at worst, we choose to deny their existence. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is far more rewarding to be better.

We aspire to live by our values, but how much do we truly believe in them? How much do we ‘be and live’ in them?

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It’s pretty safe to say that we live in a throw away society; as a collective we choose convenience over sustainability, and the planet is paying the price. Whether we realise it or not, our actions have far reaching consequences and we are responsible for them; we as consumers are just as guilty as the producers for negative externalities. This is because we have a choice, and we have the power to promote real, substantial change through the choices we make. Every time we make the ‘right’ choice over the convenient choice, we make the world a better place.

Zero Waste is a simple concept that addresses and helps solves this problem. The goal is simple: minimise our waste to such an extent that we produce ‘zero waste’. Not too difficult, eh!?

This may seem hard and perhaps impractical for many people, but it is is important that we begin to address our waste, and make small steps towards living a life more in harmony with nature. We need to arrive at a place where our actions have a net positive effect on the environment and are ultimately less destructive. Although ignoring these issues is an easier decision; being far more convenient in the short term, we can’t continue to ignore that waste has become a huge problem, it is time for us to address it.

landfill rubbish trash pile

Every time we choose convenience over what we truly know to be right, we compromise our values. Every time we choose to buy our groceries from a supermarket for example, we accept the plastic packaging of our products and we accept the status quo and its externalities. Rather than searching for alternatives, we simply promote and contribute to an ecological problem that is already way out of control. Whether intentional or not, our short-sighted; short-term decision making, has far reaching; long term effects.

Whether it’s shopping at our local farmers market, bringing our own coffee cups to the café, or avoiding plastic bags and plastic water bottles, we all inspire each other, and even the littlest of changes, no matter how small they are, spark influences that can have an even larger ripple affect across the world.

We have the choice to make a positive impact on the world, to support our local communities; and to reduce our environmental footprint. We just have to be brave enough, consistent enough and proactive enough to make the changes. We need to vote wisely with the choices we make if we really believe in creating a better world. After all, we only have one planet and it is our responsibility to look after it.

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Let’s think seriously about zero waste.

Let’s make the world a better place.

Only we have the power to change…

~ Peace

Photos by Paul Morris, Emmet, and Joseph Barrientos

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