A Zero Waste Game A Zero Waste Game
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A Zero Waste Game

How to Maintain an Ecological Kitchen
Marta Dymek
time 9 minutes

Should you buy a reusable coffee cup and a set of bamboo drinking straws? Maybe it would be better to donate some money to charity and sign a petition? Marta Dymek examines different ways of helping the world – starting with your own kitchen.

It seems to me that ‘zero waste’ is one of the most popular terms nowadays. It is a constant refrain in the newspapers and on the television; there are websites, shops, collectives, and a plethora of zero waste-related hashtags. Most importantly, there are a lot of disputes on the topic. Not Oxford-style debates, mind, more like late-night pub chats: “Have you seen what she wrote? What a pile of…”

I wish that there could be a substantial exchange of thoughts and ideas on the matter, especially since zero-waste ideology has divided its followers into two separate groups. The first one insists that a lot can be done through the individual observance of a more ecological lifestyle. The other team criticizes such


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