In short, zero waste is all about being a responsible and informed consumer.
The movement itself is targeting the producers, the political and the community's responsibility. So the goal is to push our economy to stop filling the lands, incinerators and oceans with waste and to adopt a better way of producing (no modern slavery or dirty practices).
"Zero wasters" have 8 basic principles:
refuse everything you don't need,
reduce the things you need,
reuse and borrow as much as possible,
repair if it breaks and can be repaired,
rehome what you no longer need,
recycle everything else,
replant the seeds you save and the herbs you get
rot by feeding the worms or letting it compost.
Every time we buy something, we should ask ourselves:
WOAH! There are too many questions to remember! But the purpose actually is just to analyze the product's past and future and our interaction with it to understand if the Earth's resources spent to produce it are really worth it.
So automatically we stop buying things like:
These changes look huge, but actually, it's a one baby step at the time journey. Replacing the things around us once at a time, when they're done, finding a sustainable substitute.
So to wrap things up... zero waste is about our purchasing decisions.