Explore the 12 zones of zero waste living

I thought I knew what I was doing when I decided I’m never making trash again! at the very start of my zero waste journey in 2015. Uh… that’s not how it works. I went all in, telling myself I’d never make trash again, and got really discouraged when I just kept making trash.

I failed. Hard.

Because I was trying to research information, make changes, and – you know – live my own life in every area of my life all at once. No method, just madness.

When I finally admitted to myself I wasn’t going to switch to a trash-less life in just a few days, I took a step back and looked at the situation critically. Cultivating a meaningful, sustainable zero waste lifestyle is a long, ongoing process.

After several years of practice, wins, fails, and a lot of education, I’ve found the way I wish I’d looked at zero waste in the first place: through twelve different, but interconnected zones of life. By segmenting the idea of zero waste, it gets a little easier to tackle. The goal of “I’m going to audit my bathroom cabinet and swap two products” is so much more realistic and manageable than “I’m never making trash again!”.

The twelve zones don’t cover all aspect of your life or zero waste, but are super applicable to everyone. And – let’s face it – covering the basics and a bit beyond is more than enough work as it is!

Find out more about the twelve zero waste zones below:

Exploring the 12 zones of zero waste - Polly Barks

Find out even more about the zones with these crash courses:

The zones as described in the infographic are:

Of course there are other areas of zero waste we could explore, but twelve is more than enough for any of us to choose from!What zone has been easier for you to make changes in? What zone has been the most difficult?

12 Zones of Zero Waste Living - Green Indy Blog