Maynooth Newsletter – February 2019

If you are considering cutting back on your waste and doing your bit for the
environment this year, moving towards Zero Waste is the way to go. Here is
some motivation to keep you on track!!

It Can Save You Money
Many people considering a move to zero waste think that it will end up costing an arm and a leg. However, this is not at all the case.
There are so many ways in which you can save money on a zero waste lifestyle, such as growing your own food, using reusable containers as opposed to disposable ones, and making your own cleaning supplies. Thinking “Zero Waste” also cuts back on unnecessary purchases and means you look at alternative options rather than buying brand new, such as second-hand shops or borrowing.
You Can Become Healthier
By moving away from un-recyclable plastics that can often be toxic, you can
become healthier while also helping the environment. Trying to cut back on
packaged food also means that you tend to eat healthier food. Many people
aiming towards a zero waste life also make their own natural products rather than using generic store-bought products. This includes items such as cosmetics, cleaning products, fragrances etc., reducing your exposure to toxic and harmful chemicals.
It’s Easier Than You Think
Moving towards zero waste does require you to make some slight changes in your life. However, it’s important not to think of it as a process which needs to be an all or nothing decision. Taking small steps to reduce your waste will have a substantially positive effect on both the environment and yourself. Start with some minor changes such as using reusable shopping bags and refillable water bottles, before making the change to a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle.
Environmental Benefits
The benefits to the environment of going zero waste can’t be stressed enough. Even the smallest of changes that you make contribute to the longevity, life and healthiness of our planet. Start small and build your way up to reach your zero waste goal.
Reducing the use of plastic bags, bottles and other non-recyclable plastics will also substantially reduce the negative effects on local wildlife. Each non- recyclable product you say no to means one less in landfill – or worse, in our oceans.
Some Final Tips for Going Zero Waste
 It doesn’t have to be instant – don’t feel bad about taking gradual
changes towards zero waste, there’s no rush
 Avoid fast food – most fast food restaurants use unnecessary packaging
that can’t be recycled
 Use reusable containers – opt to use reusable water bottles and food
containers rather than disposable plastic containers
 Consider your food waste – if you’ve cooked too much food, freeze it or
add it to compost
 Clothes – rather than only purchasing new clothes, consider second-hand
clothes from your local charity shop
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Please join us at our next event on Saturday, 9 th February in the Community
Space for a cuppa and a chat about how we can all do our bit to help the