According to the powers that be:

Zero Waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them, and without discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.

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Zero waste AND luxury, in the same sentence?! It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 steps towards a zero waste lifestyle as a consumer of luxury goods and services.

Which also helps contribute to Sustainable Development Goals 12, 13, 14 and 15.

5. Sourcing.
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We need to frequently ask ourselves, where does this [product/service] come from?
Who made it?
How did it get [travel/arrive] to me?

4. Pre-Owned.
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Before buying brand new products, consider heading to auctions, antique fairs or shopping (with permission) in a friend’s or family member’s wardrobe.

3. Packaging.
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You know all that fancy packaging products come in? Rather than sending it to landfill or our oceans, re-use it for storage with whatever came it in (bags in their dust bag and box) or something else (scarf boxes for paper clips).

2. New life.
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Have an old scarf that has seen better days? Pop it on the handles to add a bit of charm and spruce up an otherwise dull bag.

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If you don’t want it, somebody else will!

I think that suitably covers each of the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. If you think I’ve missed any glaringly obvious tips, send me a message on Instagram.