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Zero Waste Sustainability- A New Way of Living

As Annette has spoke about in her presentation in class, it is difficult to track a product's full life cycle. A corporation can try to produce its products using more sustainable measures, but once the product lands in the hands of the consumer, it is ultimately up to the consumer to decide what to do with the waste. Many places have pushed for ways to encourage more sustainable consumer actions by separating trash and recycle bins, but more could still be done. Zero Waste Sustainability, in theory, creates for zero waste through methods such as recycling, composting, and producing as little waste as possible. This means that corporations would use minimal packaging and plastic, and consumers would reach for reusable items such as metal water bottles instead of one-time-use plastic water bottles. More and more local governments in the U.S. are adopting a Zero Waste goal which includes the following measures: 1.Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Redesign 2.Reduce Waste, Toxicity, Consumption, and Packaging 3.Repair, Reuse and Donate 4.Recycle 5.Compost 6.Down Cycle and Beneficial Reuse 7.Waste-Based Energy as disposal 8.Landfill Waste as disposal If these measures by the government are successfully implemented, they could encourage local citizens to change their behaviors as well.
Jessie Xiao
United States