What does it mean to live Z E R O   W A S T E ?

The idea is to reduce consumption as much as possible by using design-for-environment in all products and their packaging, and to make all products and packaging recyclable. Achieving Zero Waste depends on designing products and industrial processes so that their components can be dismantled, repaired and/or recycled

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.

Baby Waste Facts

  • More than 4 million disposable diapers are discarded each day In Canada

  • A disposable diaper takes 500 years to decompose in a landfill

  • By the age of 6 months the average Canadian has consumed the same amount of resources as the average person in the developing world consumes in a lifetime

  • Over 190,000 children’s car seats are thrown into Canadian landfills each year

  • The average child in the developed world owns 200 toys but plays with an average of 12 per day

  • In a house with a child in diapers, disposables can make up 50% of household waste

  • On average, a baby will use 5,840 diapers in the first two years


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10-Item Zero Waste Starter Kit

  These items fit into any regular-sized handbag and even the smallest backpack.

  1. ❐ Reusable on-the-go shopping bags

  2. ❐ Reusable on-the-go coffee mugs

  3. ❐ Reusable on-the-go water bottles

  4. ❐ Reusable on-the-go straws (stainless steel or silicone)

  5. ❐ Reusable collapsible silicone containers that fit into your bag

  6. ❐ Reusable tissues

  7. ❐ Reusable on-the-go napkins

  8. ❐ Reusable pads for women

  9. ❐ Reusable parchment paper

  10. ❐ Reusable on-the-go cutlery

Zero Waste for your Home

People who switch to a zero waste lifestyle often start with the kitchen. It is here where a lot of waste accumulates on a daily basis and that waste is easy to spot. Waste is a habit. As with every bad habit, awareness is the first step toward change; breaking it is the second step. Start by doing a waste audit. Go through your storage and make an inventory of containers that you use, such as plastic bags, ziploc bags, etc. To break your waste habit, start by implementing a few new, little habits at a time, to replace the old, wasteful habits. Glass containers are easy to clean, better for your health than plastic containers, more durable, and easier to reuse/ recycle than most alternatives. It’s an investment worth making.

It has become a habit for many households to line their garbage bins with plastic bags. You may already say “no” to plastic bags at supermarkets, and you can implement that habit for your garbage bins as well. Simply wash your bins with hot water and some soap after.

Ditch plastic bags

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