What Having A Low Waste Lifestyle Means

Are you trying to be more mindful of your environment? Are you thinking of having a low waste lifestyle? Having a low waste lifestyle means looking at your footprint, waste, and consumption to determine how you can make sure you produce minimal waste and recycle when you can.

 

Creating this lifestyle is a personal, conscious, and sometimes expensive journey but worth it.  With climate change on the rise due to global warming, it’s essential for everyone to be mindful of what the effect each household has on the environment.

 

Leaving a low carbon footprint is also determined by the measures put in place by every country’s water, environment, and forest ministry. For example, it’s much easier for people in developed countries to mind their carbon footprint than it is for people in developing countries.

 

Proper Drainage Systems and Designated Dumping Areas

I live in Nairobi, Kenya and it’s normal to come across undesignated dumping areas, clogged drainage systems which lead to dirty swampy areas and waste adjacent to drainage systems. Not only do they harbour diseases, but these diseases, germs, and microbes are taken downstream during the rainy season to people in informal areas.

 

For people and citizens to have low waste lifestyles that contribute to a flourishing environment, there has to be supportive systems in place. Creating designated waste bins, proper and closed drainage systems is one way to support individual low waste lifestyles.

 

Access To Water In Informal Areas

It’s impossible to maintain cleanliness at a micro level, leave alone at a macro level. People living in informal areas either suffer from lack of water, flooding during the rainy weather, and poor drainage system.

 

Having an adequate and consistent flow of water to these areas, supported by proper drainage systems will go a long way to improve their lifestyle and support any lifestyle changes they’d desire to make.

 

Releasing these residents from the mental energy and physical energy needed to fetch water will greatly improve their lives and enable them to contribute to any climate change discussions.

 

Recycling And Having A Low Waste Lifestyle in Kenya

Developing countries like Kenya don’t have a waste collection and waste management system, which makes it hard for recycling to be done at the household level. Although Kenya has banned the use of plastic bags, we still have a long way to go in terms of recycling.

 

The ban against plastic bags is a great move. However, we need producer responsibility from brands and companies to help with waste management.

 

Civic Education on Waste Management

There’s a lot that the general public has not been sensitized about. There’s been little to no discussion on climate change, waste management, and low waste lifestyle that actually involves the public.

What are the basics of household waste management?

How can households help in recycling?

How are big brands and companies being held accountable for the waste they produce?

What’s happening at the county level?

These are some of the questions that can help start the discussion on how we can move towards promoting a thriving environment.

 

Personal Lifestyle Evaluation

By looking at your consumption habits, you can look for plastic and single-use alternatives. Here’s a Youtube Video that can inspire you on your low waste lifestyle journey:

 

Personally, I started reading ebooks as opposed to physical books. I love touching the paper but I have nowhere to store the accumulating books not to mention the effect on the climate. The effort is small but worth it.

Here are other ways to reduce your carbon footprint:

  • Eliminate plastics by buying reusable straw, coffee mugs, etc.  
  • Use library books or invest in a  kindle instead of buying new physical books.

How are you living a low waste lifestyle? Let me know in the comments!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Navina July 10, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Interesting Read!!!

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  2. Kayleigh Zara July 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this Sarah I’m always looking at ways to be more sustainable. I’m about to dive into the YouTube video now!

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    1. Nderi Sarah July 14, 2020 at 6:38 am

      You’re welcome Kayleigh!

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  3. Cassie July 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Plastic is so hard to escape! We definitely try to avoid it where possible unless the alternative just isn’t affordable or recyclable. It’s definitely a process becoming low waste, but necessary.

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    1. Nderi Sarah July 14, 2020 at 6:39 am

      True, it’s hard but worth it to be more environment conscious.

      Reply

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