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That waste is not good and right has been known for years, yet the problem not only persists but has long since become detrimental to all.

By decision of the United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed during its seventy-seventh session last 14 December, 30 March therefore becomes World Day against Food Waste and Loss (International Day of Zero Waste).

Some of the reasons why waste and wastefulness are harmful and need to be addressed:

  • Every minute, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean.
  • If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • More than 75% of all e-waste is not safely managed.
  • Resource extraction is responsible for half of the world's carbon emissions.
  • The amount of municipal solid waste generated globally could increase from about 2.24 billion tonnes to 3.88 billion tonnes by 2050.

This is why a 'zero waste' approach is necessary: it can promote sound waste management, minimise and prevent waste. This contributes to reducing pollution, mitigating the climate crisis, conserving biodiversity, enhancing food security and improving human health.

@UNEP / Duncan Moore
@UNEP / Duncan Moore

How we can contribute and make a difference: from the way we travel, to the electricity we use, the food we eat and the items we buy.

Here is a quick list of general good practices:

  • Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
  • Save energy and choose renewable energy suppliers
  • Walk, cycle or use public transport
  • Choose how you travel, e.g. prefer alternative means of transport to air travel where possible
  • Switch to an electric vehicle (car, scooter, scooter) as soon as you can
  • Eat more vegetables and less meat
  • Do not waste food and water
  • Choose your purchases wisely, ensure that the money you spend has not only an economic value, but a positive impact on the world in which you live and we live
  • Talk about good practices with your friends, acquaintances and loved ones

Every step for the better means a better present and future.

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