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Based on an article by Bree Rody-Mantha: https://thefinancialdiet.com/7-zero-waste-habits-that-are-secretly-unneccessary-money-wasters/

The zero-waste trend: https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/health/zero-waste-package-free-trnd/index.html

100 companies responsible for 70% of carbon emissions: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change

Individual recycling an insufficient solution: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-06-27/plastic-recycling-is-a-problem-consumers-can-t-solve

Online shopping much worse than brick & mortar: https://ctl.mit.edu/SITES/CTL.MIT.EDU/FILES/LIBRARY/PUBLIC/DIMITRI-WEIDELI-ENVIRONMENTAL-ANALYSIS-OF-US-ONLINE-SHOPPING_0.PDF

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Julia Ramos says:

She looks so much like Bo Ra from Reply 1988…
Awesome channel. Subscribed.

Kalte says:

4 minutes intro. What a nice way to make a video longer xD

Brianna Amann says:

Those 100 companies aren’t going to change if you keep giving them your money. You vote with you dollar.

Thifting is budget friendly. Boiling and filtering water to take to work instead of buying bottled water saves me money. Refusing a straw costs me nothing. Reusing to go containers instead of buying Tupperware saves me money. Buying shampoo bars because they last longer saves money.

Brianna Amann says:

This was a hard video to watch….. I don’t know what waste free person shamed you, but you have got it wrong.

Jennifer Moore says:

We are poor. We budget to eat as clean as we can. We grow our own food most years. We reuse until things fall apart, and then if we can, we reuse the parts. We refuse plastic when we can. If we can't, we reuse the plastic if it's possible. We refuse plastic grocery/shopping bags and take our own. We buy almost exclusively second hand, and we take our (clean, not broken) castoffs to thrift stores, or we give them away, or we repurpose them. We use things like vinegar, Dr. Bronner's soap, and essential oils to clean our home, do our laundry, etc. We don't buy trash bags, because we reuse our pets' food and litter bags for that.

I could go on and on. The people who do stuff like spend lots of money or throw out their plastic containers so that they can buy non-plastic are missing the point entirely. ZW is not about buying new stuff. It's about making more thoughtful choices.

I love your channel, but this was not a very good video. I'm sorry.

Suzie Earley says:

I love the zero waste movement and I completely agree. Use what you have. But then when it’s all used up/broken it’s nice to have cute, sustainably sourced replacements if you can’t buy them used.

Harshit Juneja says:

There is a hidden fourth R which in addition to the 3Rs, refuse! Refuse to buy anything you don’t actually need. Think twice before buying anything if it is really a need or want, wait on it for a few days or ask an unbiased observer. Further, buying new “sustainable” items to replace existing ones which may have been produced unsustainably but are still fully functional is not a smart choice in any way. Although once the existing items do wear out, yes it is a good idea. And re: plastics, we cannot be rid of them completely, and neither should we unless we find a better alternative, and by the way paper is NOT necessarily or always a better alternative to plastic (trees need to be cut to produce paper). Further, as Chelsea mentions there are a lot more ways to save the environment in addition to buying eco-friendly sustainably produced goods, such as taking a slightly colder shower or ditching the shower altogether and using a bucket and a mug for a quick bath, keeping the thermostat a degree lower in winter and a degree higher in summer etc etc

Gabrielle Moreno says:

Yes corporations are the main proponents in carbon emissions and contributors to climate change however if we make the individual decisions to not contribute to those corporations THAT is how we put pressure on them to change their ways. As much as you say this focus on sustainability takes the blame off the corporations (which it doesn’t) your points take the responsibility off the consumers whose money directly impacts how these companies work. There is plenty we can do on our part and while there definitely is a layer of elitism and privilege that can be highlighted in the movement, in general it can be very low cost and actually more cost effective to be sustainable. Ex. I bought a $10 cloth makeup remover that works wonders and now I will never have to buy my $10 disposable makeup remover wipes again! That is immediately cost effective for me after about a month and better for the environment! Disappointed and frankly quite shocked at this video.

10 Produz says:

Doesn't really seem that you understand how the market works

Addy Rivera Sonda says:

Also, the single best thing with the most impact you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is GO VEGAN! ⚡️💚💚💚

Howan Cheng says:

Thank you for speaking about this issue, a lot of people are just trying to “be better” about themselves but without the proper information. And their actions are just becoming a facade.

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