How to Start Going Zero-Waste

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Decreasing your waste output isn’t as hard as you might think.

When you search for “zero-waste living,” perfect, Instagram-style images of a year’s worth of garbage in a single mason jar are likely to pop to the top of your results — a neat snapshot of what has long been both a waste designation for municipalities and businesses and a practice of reducing, reusing, recycling in communities around the world since the beginning of humankind.

“The modern term, ‘zero-waste’ started out as a business certification,” Kathryn Kellogg, the founder of Going Zero Waste, an author and a well-known influencer in the zero-waste movement. “It meant a 90 percent divertment of trash from a landfill. The goal behind it is to completely write waste out of existence. Yet, there’s more to waste than what we just put in our trash can,” she says.

Find out more about how you can go zero waste regardless of where you live or how much money you make by reading my story over at Shondaland.

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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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