Sustainability Tips for Your Business from 4 Zero Waste Lifestyle Influencers

The average American produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste every single day. But what if you try radically reducing your impact…to zero? That’s what going zero waste is all about.

Zero waste living is a lifestyle dedicated to preventing waste and eliminating the culture of disposability. It’s different than waste management–the intent is to eliminate waste in the first place through the thoughtful reuse of products and other strategies like buying in bulk and composting.

The ideal goal is to produce no waste at all, but this is understandably challenging. If you’re a business dedicated to sustainability, you can take a page out of the zero waste philosophy’s book.

Ready to take daily actions to reduce your company’s waste? We’ve compiled important lessons from four of our favorite zero waste influencers that every business can learn from.

1.Refuse what your business doesn’t need

Bea Johnson is one of the most popular zero waste influencers around. She founded the Zero Waste Home blog, wrote the best-selling book of the same name, and speaks on the zero waste philosophy.

After adopting the zero waste lifestyle in 2008, Johnson’s home generates a quart-sized jar of landfill waste a year. Yes, that’s for the whole year–and her whole family.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to go from producing 4.4 pounds of waste daily to a quart a year overnight. Start by perusing Johnson’s 100 tips to reduce household waste.

Johnson’s philosophy can best be summed up with her 5 R’s: “Refuse what you do not need, Reduce what you do need, Reuse what you consume, Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce, or Reuse, and Rot (Compost) the rest.”

What this means for your business:

Your business can incorporate the “Refuse” principle into the everyday routine.

For example, your business can:

  • Eliminate plastic straws and plastic utensils from the company kitchen
  • Stock the office break room with used mugs–Rubicon’s pantry is filled with an electric mix of #UsedCups from the Salvation Army!
  • Provide your employees with reusable water bottles

There are so many daily opportunities to turn down unnecessary items that will immediately be tossed in a landfill. These simple changes will help your business say goodbye to unnecessary trash.

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