Zero Waste can be defined as waste that is reduced, re-used, recycled, value recovered and where no waste is sent to land-fill. Implementing zero waste will eliminate all waste to land, water or air that are a threat to all living things and our environment.
For the moment zero waste doesn't exist, as our global infrastructure is linear (we buy + consume, thus creating waste) not circular (without waste). For Zero waste to work affectively the world would work together though design and manufacturing to lessen and or eliminate the amount of waste.
So what can we do in the meantime? Not everyone has access to markets, recycling, zero waste stores, or has the time to make things from scratch, plus not everyone is able to give up all plastic packaging. The key thing is to do what you can with the resources and access you have. Being Zero Waste isn’t about being all in or nothing, it’s about doing what you can whilst working to your budget. It’s about putting value back into the food we eat, things we buy and making conscious decisions where possible.
The best place to start is to think about what you use on a daily/weekly basis, are there eco friendly alternatives for things like food, cleaning products, beauty products or clothes? Can you rework, recycle, reuse what you already have? If you are buying something new think about where it is from and what it is made out of.
Consider all of these things above, think about where you can make changes and stick to it, even if you think its a small change; it's a big part in your piece of the jigsaw.