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…so that our children may know waste from history lessons!

Think of a morning in 2067. Teacher XY teaches the children about history. “Have you ever heard of waste?” “Yes, my parents told me that people produced a lot of waste only a few years ago. They put their vegetables in plastic bags. “answered James. The teacher continues: „Yes, that’s an interesting fact, James. Furthermore, people at that time even used plastic to wrap cucumbers or corn and they wrapped sandwiches in aluminum foil. But one of the most terrible facts is that at this time, people even threw away half of the food they produced.” The children are talking with each other flutteringly. “Why have the people been so crazy? To throw away half of their food?!”

The teacher explains:” Listen, children! Now I’m going to tell you how history continued. Of Waste’s End…“

Welcome to my blog!

For my blog, I choose the name Waste’s End to analyses the different aspects of trash, waste, lifestyles and my target.

So may we…

…overcome the age of the throw away society and the belief in infinite growth with finite resources.
…appreciate a clean environment, unspoilt natural paradise and fine, home-cooked food more than weekend flights, saturdays in shopping centres and cheap food from fast food chains.
…give food the appreciation it deserves. When we deal with it carefully, we can also achieve Zero Food Waste easily.

And may our children only know garbage/waste/food waste from history books!

Join me to realize Waste’s End outside the digital world!

In this section, I present the 5 topics of my blog in brief:

Zero Waste

Food Waste

Dumpster Diving/Containering

Consumption

Where waste ends up

 

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Zero Waste

Zero Waste is more than a short hype. It is a philosophy which can be adapted for different lifestyles and eating habits. Everybody can do Zero Waste! This way of living can be cheap too and it is an enormous help for our environment.

Zero Waste leads to a life without trash and food waste. That is a strong claim and not always easy to fulfill. However, if we embark on this way together and support each other, we can come closer to Zero Waste more easily.

You read this text at the right time: Zero Waste is getting easier anyway due to our system – all over the world! Especially in big cities refill stores open and on the internet you find more Zero Waste shops for the basic equipment and blogs like this one for information and to ask your questions.

Zero Waste contributes to Waste’s End because it helps to avoid waste at source. This way of living goes beyond recycling and separation of waste. This reduces emissions, the use of mineral oil and resources for the environment and saves money for you too.

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Food Waste

Without food waste, we could not go containering, so these two topics are strongly correlated. Food waste has reached a giant dimension, as one third of the whole food production of our world ends up as waste. In this topic, I show you what you can do to save food and end the wastage!

Food waste is closely related to Zero Waste and conscious consumption. It is an issue that no one can ignore these days. From my point of view, Zero Food Waste is an incredibly exciting topic because it is connected with so much basic knowledge and I can always learn something new. If you don’t throw away any more food, you can also save a lot of money – up to 400€ for an average Austrian household.

Also, my article series about bananas (2017) and rice (2019) belong to this category. Here I researched about food that people in western countries consume every day, but know almost nothing about it! More knowledge helps to create familiarity and understanding for the complex supply chain, supporting us to deal with these foods more consciously. Also, simple yet varied recipe ideas/concepts in these series of articles help us to stop wasting these valuable foods.

Thematizing food waste contributes to Waste’s End,as food waste is a specific, particularly hot kind of „garbage“ as it contributes to climate change, inequality and loss of biodiversity. This chapter stands for an ethical, responsible handling of food and in larger contexts with world hunger and eating habits.

I also include the link between zero waste and food waste. The topic food waste contributes to Waste’s End, because it addresses a very special kind of “Waste” – which is not even waste most of the time, but perfectly edible! Here, I especially underline ethical aspects of a responsible handling of food. Considerable connections with world hunger and food production complete the topic.

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Dumpster Diving/Containering

I think about this phenomenon, because it is a very special kind of revolution against Food Waste for me. The idealistic motivation and not the abundance of money is an interesting attribute for people who do containering in our western world.

Containering means you look for edible food in containers of supermarkets, discounters or other food wasters and carry food home with you. It’s an alternative form of shopping. I myself learnt a lot with it! Containering made me think differently about food and since then I changed my attitude towards it. The high money savings are a nice side efffect.

In this section, I also report about other forms of food saving, such as food sharing, apps, and other solutions to save food that otherwise would have gone to waste.

Containering contributes to Waste’s End, because it can have a sensational effect when people do containering and talk about it. Just try it yourself! Or get in touch with people that save food in your surroundings and join them.

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Consumption

Without consumption waste would not be possible. With your consumption you do not only determine what you personally consume, but also, what is produced and how our economy will look like.

In this section I address different questions related to consumer’s behavior like the following ones: Why do we consume this way? And why does consumption in developed countries go together with so much waste?

Consumption contributes to Waste’s End because it is the key to change! Through conscious consumption and living you get products with higher quality which you can use longer and wiser. The topic helps you to rethink your habits and to avoid waste in your whole life – not only concerning packaging.

Of course, this involves a change of your habits too. Is shopping a leisure activity for you? Do you really need a coffee to go in a plastic cup every morning? And how can you change unsustainable old habits in a sustainable and yet enjoyable way? By questioning your own behaviour you can learn more about yourself and make decisions for a sustainable tomorrow of our world!

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Where waste ends up

Today’s world produces waste every second. But where does it come from and where is it going? In this section I want to find out what happens with waste on its final destination. How do different states treat different kinds of waste? And how do they treat waste water? I follow the ways of waste. Thereby I want to tell you of sewage plants, second hand clothes, old smartphones and food waste.

I assume that we still will have waste in the future, even if everybody goes Zero Waste. But we should have the aim to keep this waste in a circular system in the sense of cradle-to-cradle.

In this section I also want to inform about development of recycling and alternative methods of packaging, “bio plastic” and the role of recycling.

This topic contributes to Waste’s End and closes the bundle of topics because it helps to follow the ways of Waste we produce currently. This shows the causes for avoiding waste respectively, special kinds of waste and more. In addition, it widens the horizon for different kinds of waste.

Contact

Whenever you have questions, ideas or comments, do not hesitate to contact me here or via Instagram (wastesend) / Facebook (Kristina Verena). I am looking forward to your messages and am also open for cooperations.