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Preserving our neighborhoods depends on us, and zero waste is here to help us

By now you’ve probably heard about zero waste. It is slowly taking over our social media feed, it is most likely to be mentioned in your local newspaper or simply you have a friend who happens to be an aspiring environmentalist. But do we all understand what it means?

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Zero waste sounds self explanatory yet it defines different principles of reducing waste that ends up in the landfills and often in the oceans. The principles can be projected to different scales, from a lifestyle to an industrial production. The concept of waste is a pertinent outcome of a linear economy that has been dominating for the past century and is harmful to our environment.

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The depletion of natural resources and the negative impact caused by production processes and waste disposal give rise to a new circular economy that addresses the raised issues by transforming the waste into resources, preserving the raw materials, using renewable energy and creating new business opportunities. Altogether we have ingredients for an optimistic future, however it’s a complex process to transition to this new promising model. 

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Adopting a zero waste lifestyle is already a huge leap towards a circular economy. Nevertheless taking into account our current consumption habits it’s hard to wrap our head around the possibility of no waste in the occidental lifestyle. It can be confusing as we can be biased against it. Yet once we write a list of the main zero waste habits and propose a few examples of local businesses to support, it will become much more attractive to adopt this new lifestyle. Everything seems easier when you put it in a list 😉

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Refuse, all that is not necessary as single use items, disposable items, free samples, especially if they are plastic

Reduce, all that is needed but consider where it comes from, materials used and remember – quality over quantity

Reuse, what you already have before you buy new or consider second hand products and/or refurbished

Repair, before throwing it away

Recycle, all that can be recycled with local waste management facilities

Rot (compost), correctly in municipal or own premises to enrich the land

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Success cases in Barcelona

When it comes to shopping, whether it’s for the pantry or a gift, it’s important to turn to the km0 products and local businesses that promote the zero waste philosophy. Here are some examples of Barcelona:

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Datta Farm
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FOS project
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Nutcreatives
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Back To Eco
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Demano
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Lucirmas
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Go Zero Waste
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Too Good To Go

Communication:

Bridepalla / Nuria Vila

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Bridepalla
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Nuria Vila

Communities and organizations:

TMDC / Aflote

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Aflote
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Invited writer: Aya Ulan

The facts of her biography influenced the development of a multifaceted approach to solving design problems, combining Oriental mentality with Occidental education. While she trained as an industrial design engineer at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Aya has been actively involved in the European research project Circular Design: Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability which finally encouraged her to engage in circular design. From that point in time, she practices ecodesign in her projects and systematically deepens her knowledge in sustainable design and product development strategies.

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At MYBARRIO we also strive for more responsible consumption, and we have prepared a selection of sustainable designs for you, supporting this type of initiative. Click here to discover it.

Photos: MYBARRIO and PEXELS

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