Learning To Live Without Waste
January 29th, 2017
Could you go a day without throwing anything away? What about a week? A month?
Community members gathered in the Fairhaven Main Lounge Thursday, Jan. 26 to learn how to make lifestyle changes to benefit themselves and the global community. The topic: zero waste.
Zero waste is a lifestyle philosophy where participants only use products that do not produce landfill waste. Junior Gwen Larned, Western’s Office of Sustainability’s zero waste coordinator, described how students can make the change through a five-step system.
Larned said Western students can learn to live without waste through a five-step system.
“Zero waste doesn’t just happen, you take it one step at a time,” Larned said.
Step one is recycle and compost everything you can, Larned said. The Office of Sustainability has equipped the campus with several waste disposal areas, and many of the products sold by the university dining locations are recyclable or compostable. Students living off campus can petition their property management for a compost bin or make one themselves, Larned said.