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From Throw-Away Culture to Zero Waste Cities

1st World Country Problems: Trash

Humans’ capitalistic desire for convenience creates throw-away societies. We have become obsessed with single-use products that are easy to use. Likewise, our wardrobes, accessories, and tools all have expiration dates. Often, these products cannot be broken down by the environment in a natural manner. They can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose. Many problems arise from these types of non-disposable products, as discussed in this educational video. San Fransisco is proving the model of zero-waste cities.

We are drowning ourselves in our own trash. It’s not only discomfort we must worry about. Worse, we are killing the environment in the process. Wildlife is dying as pollution increases. Unfortunately, this could be the beginning of our own demise. 

Solving Throw Away Society Problems

Zero waste is the only solution to a throw-away society. Communities are proving it’s possible. For example, in the video above, San Francisco was able to reduce its trash by roughly 80%. That doesn’t mean we have to get rid of convenience, either. In truth, we can eliminate our waste through simple policies such as composting, recycling, and utilizing biodegradables.

These three solutions should be implemented into our current systems. Most people already know what recycling is because it’s become so widespread. Contrarily, compost is not as well-known. Compost involves separating out natural wastes so that they can be naturally recycled into the dirt. Imagine how easy it would be to integrate this process into our current garbage system.

Lastly, biodegradable products could potentially solve our throw-away society problems entirely. Biodegradable products decompose naturally by microorganisms. Somehow, the concept wasn’t discussed in this video, except in the context of compost. Hence, this input is my final reaction to this inspirational video. Collectively, we could eliminate non-disposable products, such as plastic, through legislation. There are many options that could replace plastic as we know it. For instance, bamboo is used for toothbrush handles. Hemp is a wonderful alternative to plastic. Surprisingly, hemp can be used to make just about anything, from bottles to clothing.

In conclusion, trash is a thing of the past. Compost is the only way to the future. If we don’t change, we are setting ourselves up for catastrophe. What can you do about it? You can write letters to local politicians to let them know we need to secure the future. Find supporting programs happening near you. Or start a compost bin yourself. When you can’t change the poor behavior of others, all you can do is stop contributing to the problem. Be the example!

Beach Cleanups in Southern California

Please, contact us if you’re interested in beach cleanups. Chris Barriere, one of our team members, hosts beach cleanups in Southern California. Generally, these cleanups are located along the coast within the vicinity of Isla Vista – Santa Barbara.

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