Consumption & Waste Management – A Beginner’s Guide
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Watching our collective consumption is the first step to mitigate climate change, conserve resources and reduce waste. Consumption is easier to comprehend at an individual level, but when considered in a larger cultural & societal context, it is tough to understand how each one of us can influence consumption.
Since 2013, we explored this issue along with the help of many experts and community leaders. Here we have a quick and easy guide for you to treat as a beginner’s resource to learning about the consumption, its impacts and what you can do.
- Start by watching this panel discussion (or reading the summary) which introduces you to Culture, Consumption & Waste Management.
- Continue learning about how Changing Lifestyles (and therefore consumption) could Mitigate Climate Change.
- After learning about consumption and its impacts, learn how it can be reduced by Empowering Households to Reduce their Waste and by Involving the Community in Waste Management.
- Want to know what you can do? Watch this powerful video where Beth Terry from My Plastic Free Life tells What Each One of Us Can do to Reduce Pollution by reducing consumption. You can also quickly read an interview with Beth where she tells us about how she kicked the plastic habit. And for more information on going plastic free, head to our panel titled Plastic Free Q&A.
- Looking for more solutions? Head to this interview with Jeff Kirschner of Litterati where he talks about how his mobile app encourages more people to practice better waste management.
- To learn about consumption of food waste, head to this panel on Behavior Change and Food Waste. You could also quickly read up about the Behavioral Drivers Behind Food Waste.
- Follow up your learning on behavoir change with this webinar on Behavior Change and Recycling Contamination, which focuses on the UK. Move ahead to watch this panel on Helping Residents to Source-Separate using Behavioural Science, which is based on a study with pilots in six cities in Netherlands.
- After understanding behaviour change, head to this webinar on Design and Consumption for the Circular Economy. This panel touches upon similar thoughts by discussing how to help consumers make the right decisions and to do better to support their ability to deliver decarbonisation.
- Digress slightly with this interesting discussion E-waste Recycling – Electronics Consumption and the Challenge of Sustainability.
- Move on to understand more about Lifestyles Post COVID with perspectives from Australia and UK
- Learn how Economic Instruments can be used to reduce Packaging Consumption and follow it up with a technical discussion on Tools for Managing Consumption in Cities.
- Finally, see the Future of Waste Prevention and the Sharing Economy, and The Future of Waste: Consumption, Governance and Regulation.
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