The world we live in produces at least 3.5 million tonnes of plastic and other solid waste in just a single day – which is ten times more than a century ago, World Bank researchers have confirmed Svet u kom živimo stvara najmanje 3,5miliona tona plastičnog i drugog čvrstog otpada tokom samo jednog dana, što je deset puta više nego što je bio slučaj pre jednog veka, utvrdili su istraživači Svetske banke Ecology » Ekologija | 93 L I VE C L EANE R , T H I NK C L EAR E R Nowaste, please! Let it all fit in a jar Meet the “zero waste” movement – pioneered by brave young people who are redefining their consumer habits in such a way as to reduce the waste we leave behind. Their goal is to generate no more waste during the course of a calendar year than can fit in a pickle jar Fortunately for all of us, but most fortunately for nature, the number of people belonging to the millennials generation and considering themselves part of the zero waste movement isgrowing.Theyarenot crazedecologists or a new version of hippies, but simply want to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. They emphasise how that saves thembothmoney and time, while enriching their lives. One of them is Kathryn Kellogg, who has spent years sharing her experiences onhow to live better with less on her website She first became interested in this topic duringher studies at college when, fearing the possibility of breast cancer, she began reading the labels of personal care products in order to reduce her exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. She found an alternative to the cosmetics she’d previously used and learnt tomake her own concoctions. She admits that she found inspiration in the texts of New Yorker Lauren Singer, author of the popular blog “Trash is for Tossers”. Singer started reducing the amount of waste she produced back in 2012, as part of her environmental studies. Guided by the motto “it’s not a radical act to clean up a kitchen spill with a cloth towel instead of a paper towel”, Kellogg says that most of her waste reduction methodswere commonplacebeforewe, as a society, grew accustomed to plastic, disposable and easily replaceable household items. Many simple solutions for “zero waste” life were present during the time of our grandmothers, such as linen cloths, cleaning with a solution of vinegar and water, jars and glass bowls for storage, and baskets for shopping. These and other “old school” solutions don’t create waste and are cheaper in the long run. Like what you’re reading? Here are five principles of minimalist living that anyone can adopt. 1. Don’t buy things that you don’t need. 2. Don’t buy things that are packaged in excessive, non-ecological packaging. 3. Find new uses for things that you already have, like glass jars and bottles. 4. Repair things that are worn out. 5. Take everything that can be repurposed for recycling. Ekološka ratnica Ketrin Kelog kiti jelku iza koje neće ostati otpaci, sve je odmaterijala koji je recikliran ili će to biti, jer Božić nemora da bude neprijatelj prirode / Eco warrior Kathryn Kellogg decorates a Christmas tree that will leave no waste behind, as everything is made of material that’s recycled or will be, because Christmas doesn’t have to be an enemy of nature