WHAT IS ZEROWASTE??

Most recyclable waste ends up in a dump yard due to the lack of efficient waste management (Credit: Agnimirh Basu/CSE) Most recyclable waste ends up in a dump yard due to the lack of efficient waste management (Credit: Agnimirh Basu/CSE)

Generally, “Zero Waste” is a philosophy of eliminating the generation of materials that have no viable or economic option for end-of-use management. In reality, there are varying interpretations for when (and if) it is achieved. Does zero waste really mean zero waste? Does it consider the waste that’s produced in the production of materials upstream? Is a small amount of waste acceptable at the end of a material’s end of life? What about Waste-to-Energy? The definition of zero waste varies widely, with various organizations defining zero waste differently, each with their own interpretation as to what it takes to get to “zero.”

The generation of waste can be lowered through a variety of options, including reducing, reusing, recycling, or taking appropriate action to prevent waste through design and engineering solutions. Many individuals, companies and municipalities continue to strive to achieve zero waste goals.

 

But Is Zero waste possible at home??

No one is perfectly zero waste. We’re all just doing the best we can, and I am so happy you’re here! A whole bunch of people making small changes adds up to a massive impact! 

Here are some tips for beginners;

 

  1. BUY LESS

Buying less is the number one thing you can do to produce less trash.

Before buying anything make sure you really truly need it. I always ask myself a series of questions.

  • Do you really need it?
  • Is it really necessary?
  • Can something else make do?
  • Do you need to own it?

Zero waste is not just about your bin at home. It’s not solely about the landfill. Trash is a physical representation of misallocated resources. Earth Overshoot Day illustrates this best. Earth Overshoot Day came in the beginning of August last year. It’s the day that illustrates how many resources the earth can sustainably produce for the year.

 

  1. BUY WELL 

We’re using almost two earth’s worth of resources. It’s completely unsustainable. So, the best thing we can do for the planet is to buy less.

However, there are still purchases we need to make. If you don’t live completely off grid/are self-sustaining, you’ll need to make some purchases.

So when you do purchase something, really think about its full life-cycle. Think about where it came from and where it’s going after you’re through with it.

Here are a series of questions I like to ask myself when making a new purchase.

  • Ask a friend.
  • Can you find it second hand?
  • Can you find it local?
  • Who made it?
  • Is it made to last/ can it be repaired?
  • What happens when you’re done with it?

Always check the secondhand market first and if you’re going to buy something new make sure you’re taking everything into consideration.

And, whatever you do don’t settle.

If I’ve learned anything in two years of zero waste living, it’s that settling for something your not 100% happy with inevitably means you will be unhappy with it. Then you’ll look for something else which is a waste of money and time.

So whatever you buy, you better love it.

 

  1. FEEL THE CONTENT

 We live in a world full of constant advertisements. Advertisers tell us in order to be happy or in order to get the girl or boy we have to have this product. This product will make us happy or loved. 

One of the most rebellious things you can do is find contentment with what you already have.

Things don’t define you. They don’t give you worth. Instead of buying things to make you look better or cooler, try spending time bettering yourself. Take a class, learn a new skill, truly focus on self-improvement.

 

  1. CREATE A BALANCE

It’s not about perfection it’s about making better choices.

Personal sustainability is super important. 

We live in a society where things are meant to be thrown away. We don’t live in a perfect world where zero waste is normal.

Instead, we just do the best we can where we are. Things are going to happen that don’t 100% align with your values and that’s alright.

Each decision you make is a vote for the future you want. So, buying package free goods and purchasing products from responsible companies is a vote for a move to a circular economy, where waste is resumed back into the system like nature.

So get out there, and do the best you can!

Even if it’s one change. Even if it’s only buying a banana. Every single step in the right direction is just that, a step in the right direction.

What would be some of your tips for someone starting a zero waste life?

Cheers

Team Earth Rhythm

A Zero waste Skincare Initiative by Soapworks India

Blog post courtesy – Goingzerowaste.com

 

HELLO FROM SOAPWORKS

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT US??
READ ON….

The next time you visit your favourite supermarket, enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colourful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. Most of the products on the shelf don’t say ‘soap’ on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That’s because these bars aren’t soap and can’t legally claim to be; they’re detergents. The manufacturers have removed most of the ‘good’ stuff that occurs in the soap making process and replaced it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, plentiful detergent bars are not only bad for your skin, but they’re also bad for the planet, too.
What’s so bad about it?

Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerin that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerin is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent ‘soap,’ desperately needs.
Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colours, and a slew of chemicals we can’t even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of several triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face.

Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it meets, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.
These nasty chemicals and toxins are now finding their way into our eco-system. Every time that lather goes down the drain, those pollutants are going with it. The list of offenders included phthalates, which are linked to reproductive disorders in both humans and animals, and parabens, a preservative, which links to cancer.

What’s the alternative?

All natural and handmade soap. At Soapworks, we sell extremely high quality, all natural, organic soap – yes real soap. Sure, these soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you’ll find at big hyper markets. But the difference is these soap bars are good for your skin and are good for the planet.

Choosing the right soap

Just because it’s handmade doesn’t mean it’s good for you, however. You need to understand a few things about the soapmaking process to know what to look for.

The two methods of soap making are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. The cold process method takes the most time but is undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps.

To sum it up, the best soap for your skin and our planet is a handmade, organic, all-natural cold process soap bar. Once you’ve tried one of these lathery treasures, you’ll never again be satisfied with ‘store-bought’ bars. So, do yourself and your world a big favour and start using REAL soap.

At Soapworks, we handcraft our soap using the slow cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the goodness of the natural ingredients are preserved for you as much as possible. Each bar begins with a high percentage of nutrient rich organic extra virgin olive oil to which we add organic coconut oil for fluffy lather, organic palm oil to increase longevity, high oleic sunflower oil for its superior skin care properties, and organic castor oil for a dense creamy lather that conditions and moisturizes. Next, we add responsibly wildcrafted and organic botanicals, fragrant organic spices, purifying earth clays, and tropical butters for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, we scent our wildly aromatic oil soaps with only pure essential/fragrance oils extracted from plants… fresh clean scents, the way mother nature intended.

Our skin, remarkably thin and amazingly complex, is our body’s largest organ. Like a sponge, our skin absorbs chemicals. In fact, today many medicines are given in “patch” form to be absorbed through the skin.

Since our skin cannot discriminate between synthetic and natural, or between harmful and beneficial, it may absorb harmful chemicals present is commercial soaps, shampoos, and lotions.

Our bodies are constantly exposed to synthetic chemicals in air, water, and food–why add to the problem by applying synthetic products to your skin and hair. The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals on the body are still unknown.

The ingredients that are used to make soapworks natural handmade soap can often be found in your garden and kitchen.

SOAPWORKS OFFERS PRODUCTS THAT ARE…

  • Natural, handmade & organic
  • Not tested on animals
  • free of detergents
  • free of synthetic fragrances & colours
  • free from parabens-based preservatives & sulphates-based surfactants
  • free of alcohol and petroleum products
  • free of GMOs
  • 100% biodegradable