There’s a growing trend towards zero waste, sustainability

Apr 18, 2023 | Culture, Life

With a growing trend toward sustainable practices in both residential and business environments, Canada is paving the road for a future with zero waste using sustainable residential and business practices.

People and organizations are working to achieve this objective as a result of the nation’s commitment to decreasing waste.

Sue Maxwell, the chair of Zero Waste BC, said Canada is making progress in the direction of sustainability.

“When it comes to decreasing trash in Canada, we are witnessing a huge rise in awareness and action,” she said. “People are becoming more aware of how garbage affects the environment, and they are actively seeking for solutions to do so.”

Maxwell said corporations and organizations are are becoming more accountable for their trash and taking action to lessen it. While some companies are adopting zero-waste initiatives, others are coming up with creative methods to recycle and reuse their garbage.

The move towards sustainability is a result of people being more conscious of how their actions affect the environment, said Claudina Sula, a Humber professor of Interior Design Sustainability.

“People are beginning to realize that there is only one Earth and that we must take care of it. Sustainability has become a way of life rather than simply a trendy term,” she said.

Sula said design might help accomplish sustainable objectives.

“Designers must produce settings that are both visually beautiful and sustainable,” she said. “We must take into account the resources we use, the energy we utilize, and the garbage we generate.

“We can improve both the earth and ourselves in the future by developing sustainable environments,” Sula said.

The Canadian government has taken several steps to assist the zero-waste movement and has also acknowledged the value of sustainability. A $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund was launched by the government in 2018 to encourage initiatives that lower greenhouse gas emissions and advance sustainability.

The government has also started some efforts to persuade Canadians to minimize trash, such as the “Plastic Free July” initiative, which encourages people to use less plastic during July.

However, the drive toward sustainability is not without its difficulties. Sula said altering people’s behaviour is a difficult task.

“We need to change people’s perspectives so that they adopt a sustainable culture rather than a throwaway one. Recycling alone won’t cut it; we also need to minimize and reuse it,” she said.

Maxwell agreed, saying creating a zero-waste future requires education, awareness and cooperation.

“People need to be educated about the effects of trash on the ecosystem, and we need to provide them with the resources and skills they need to make environmentally friendly decisions,” she said.