The moment for the U.S. to hold corporations accountable for packaging waste is now. But to get there, we need to pass strong legislation that sets clear, enforceable reuse standards.
One of the scariest parts of our waste crisis is the toxics that come with producing, using, and disposing of our trash. Yet, our existing laws aren’t enough to stop the cycle of pollution and profit. We need to build stronger, more innovative laws while there’s still time.
Almost every day I feel the guilt-ridden tension between working to build the just and sustainable Zero Waste world we all need, and just trying to get by with two young kids in the toxic, climate-damaging, waste-filled world we’re stuck with right now. I do my best to make choices that will hopefully create a better world for my kids, but I know that individual choices mean nothing without the systemic changes we all need.
Every day we spend debating between burying or burning our waste is a day that we could have spent using real solutions to stop waste before it starts.
A year ago, our small, mighty crew launched a new nonprofit to advance community-centered Zero Waste solutions across the country. What has unfolded surpassed even our boldest goals.