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What is all this talk about zero waste?

09/10/2016 11:19 AM

News Corp has a global goal to achieve zero waste at its owned print sites, and other global companies like Google Apple, Microsoft,  Unilever and Nestle, among many others, are talking about the importance of implementing the principles of zero waste and the circular economy into their businesses and production.

So what’s it all about?

The Zero Waste International Alliance published the below definition of Zero Waste to assist businesses and communities in developing goals:

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

Zero waste as a principle entails other environmental and economic concepts such as cradle to cradle design, the circular economy and product stewardship. 

To find out what zero waste means to many different organisations in our community, you can watch the below short film produced by 1 Degree: