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As part of eThekwini Municipality’s commitment of localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the City’s Parks and Recreation Unit,  Durban Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit and have partnered with MILE around SDG 12 to host a Seminar on Responsible Consumption and Production, more specifically, how to cultivate a zero waste lifestyle. The Seminar was hosted on 8 May 2017 at the Botanic Gardens Conference Centre. 

The Thought Leader for the session was internationally renowned Ms. Bea Johnson, the founder of the Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement. In a visually-rich and upbeat presentation, Bea shared her tribulations and secrets to achieving Zero Waste.

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature. It is a concept that unifies a range of measures aimed at eliminating waste and allowing people to challenge old ways of thinking. 

Ms Bea Johnson and her family are dedicated to living a Zero Waste lifestyle; they generate a mere quart of waste per year. Through her blog and with her book, Zero Waste Home, Bea inspires a growing international community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste. She is currently on a South African Tour supported by Food and Trees for Africa.

In her presentation Ms Johnson challenged participants to cultivate a zero waste culture within the City. She emphasised the importance of not buying more than one needs and living with minimal rather than quantity. 

“The advantage of living the Zero Waste lifestyle is the simplicity. Life is about experiences and we accumulate experiences rather than things,” said Johnson. 

Bea and her family generate a quart size jar of waste per year. With her passion and positive outlook, Bea launched a global movement and has become the spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle. She inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. 

The ground breaking practice on creating no waste, showcased during the Seminar inspired participants to work towards creating a more sustainable environment with minimal waste. 


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