Let's Go Zero Waste Together

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Many studies have shown that recycling isn’t enough since only 9% of all plastic waste on Earth has been recycled. In fact, a lot of trash doesn’t even make it to the landfills, instead it stays on the sides of roads and floats in the waters.

Plastic is especially dangerous to the ocean, marine life and our health. While it plays a role in the solution, we have to lessen our dependence on recycling, as it shouldn’t be our first line of defense, but a last resort. Thus, we must focus our efforts on reducing and reusing. By reducing what we need, we’re reducing what we will eventually throw out.

For most advocates of the zero- and low-waste lifestyle around the world, the first and foremost principle is preventing waste from existing in the first place. If we reduce what we need, reuse as much as we can, and send little to be recycled, maybe in our lifetime we can see significant results in reducing the amount of waste on Earth and will become healthier and more fulfilled as people. Given that, going zero waste isn’t just great for the environment, but also brings improvement in our quality of life. Side effects include eating better, feeling better, saving money, and not having to take out the trash! In that regard, the Youth exchange will be based on making a change together by involving participants in a zero-waste challenge for the duration of the mobility, plus one more week upon their return home from the project.

Also, throughout the Youth exchange they will take part in many different workshops based on non-formal education for raising their awareness on zero waste lifestyle through enabling better understanding about the concept of reducing and reusing. Thus, the project ‘Let’s Go Zero Waste Together’ will connect like-minded individuals who are willing to support each other on their zero waste journey.

The expected impact of this project is related to raising awareness of zero waste
lifestyle and upcycling to prevent waste generation at the national and international levels. The impact is also connected to practicing zero waste and environmentally friendly lifestyles among young people and raising awareness on climate change as well as more specific knowledge about how they could use a zero-waste approach in youth projects by promoting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.