A life without waste - that's what the Zero Waste movement stands for. Even if it sounds almost impossible, everyone can contribute and reduce their own waste - and do good for the environment.
Less waste in everyday life, that's what Zero Waste stands for. This not only means not producing your own household garbage, it is also about the process of mindful and sustainable living. It is about how to live more consciously and improve its ecological footprint. Even small steps count. How it works? Our international top influencers reveal how it works.
Zero Waste Influencer - The Top 5 and their best tips:
- Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home
- Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
- Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers
- Kathryn Kellog, Going Zero Waste
- Madeleine Daria Alizadeh also known as Dariadaria
1. Bea Johnson, @zerowastehome
Influencer Bea Johnson is considered the mother of the Zero Waste movement. Started in 2008 with a blog, she is now speaker, book author and consultant. With their free tool, users can easily find stores around the world that do not produce waste and live by Zero Waste principles.
Bea's Tips for a More Sustainable Life: Start small and use, for example, reusable water bottles and shopping containers. In addition, avoid shopping in the organic supermarket and packaging for loose goods.
2. Anne-Marie Bonneau, @zerowastechef
Most garbage is produced in the kitchen. That's why Anne-Marie 2011 decided to start right there and refrain from using plastic and other environmentally harmful packaging. Shortly thereafter, she was completely set on Zero Waste. On her blog, she regularly gives tips for a plastic-free life and, above all, shows how to do justice to Zero Waste. Recipes are also included.
Anne-Marie's tips for starting: Even food can be waste. If possible, compost them yourself or simply buy less of them, so that no unnecessary food waste arises.
3. Lauren Singer, @trashisfortossers
Inspired by Bea Johnson, Lauren Singer is now considered one of the most well-known Zero Waster Influencers - not least because of her stir-eyed "One year rubbish in a mason jar" campaign. She is also the founder of the "Package Free Shop" in New York. In her blog she also gives tips and tricks for a Zero Waste life and shows how easy, cost-saving and fun it is.
Your tip: Start saying no. No to plastic straws, no to receipts, no to plastic bags or other plastic utensils.
4. Kathryn Kellog, @ going.zero.waste
Kathryn began to care about a sustainable and conscious life when she discovered a benign tumor. She wondered what to do with yourself and your body and how to improve it. She therefore paid more attention to nutrition and the environment. She also avoided plastic in any form. In her blog she wants to help other people improve their health and also shows how to preserve the "health" of the earth.
Kathryn's Zero Waste tips that are easy to implement: Instead of a coffee machine rather a French Press instead of a plastic toothbrush, use one made of bamboo and instead of plastic Tupperware, glass jars. - Quite simple, right?
5. German-speaking pioneer, Madeleine Daria Alizadeh @dariadaria
There are also Zero Waste Influencers in German-speaking countries, which have achieved a pioneering role here. For example, the Viennese Madeleine Daria Alizadeh, who campaigns for a sustainable lifestyle without plastic on her blog DariaDaria and in her podcast "A mindful mess" and is particularly committed to fair trade fashion. Meanwhile, she has founded her own fashion label, which produces fair and sustainable.
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Daria's secret in terms of zero waste: When washing use a so-called Guppyfriend washing bag, which prevents the microplastic particles from entering the wastewater. And do not use a plastic shaver for shaving, but one made of metal, a so-called razor.
Another German community is the Zero Waste Germany, Here you can learn everything about zero waste, get suggestions and ideas and you can talk with like-minded people. Alternatives are presented and the latest Zero Waste products are presented. The nice thing is that you can not only exchange ideas with the two founders Hannah and Inga, but with many like-minded people from the community.
One of the Basic Zero Waste tips of the founders: Local and regional shopping. At the weekly market, the products are unpacked and have little transport routes. In addition, it supports the farmers from the area. Extra tip: Try to use reusable products instead of disposable ones. Like a thermos mug instead of a to-go mug.