Letter: Let's talk zero waste

To the Editor:
Zero waste refers to planning approaches which emphasize waste prevention as opposed to end-of-use waste management.
While this maybe a lofty goal, I think we can all admit a little waste reduction can go a long way. So here is a quick and easy no-guilt guide.
First, try to buy unpackaged versions of your regular purchases. For example, food shopping skip the bag lettuce and apples. When confronted with packaged goods pick the items in paper or glass. Plastic (even when recycled) will persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.
The second big step is to embrace this trendy minimalist movement and ask yourself do you really need that? I have a feeling that future generations will look back at our hyper-consumerism and wonder what the heck was that about.
Thirdly, try to leave the house with a reusable bottle, thermos or coffee mug, reusable container, utensils, and reusable bag. The habit of having and using them does eventually set in. Plus you get the health reward of not consuming plastic particles, which tends to leach into bottle water or plastic packed food.
The fourth and last step is gracious activism. As you try to reduce your waste you will encounter confusion and curiosity. At that moment you have the opportunity to educate. Be friendly, explain that you are trying to reduce your waste. If you love something that comes packaged, please engage the company to reduce their packaging. Get in contact, be it email, a phone call, or in person; explain that you love their product but would prefer no packaging, reusable packaging, or other packaging options.
Friendly engagement starts the conversation and big changes can be made in small ways.
If you would like to learn more or get involved, email RACEnvironment@gmail.com. Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) meets the second Tuesday each month.
Kristin Quell-Garguilo
Settlers Lane, March 23