25 Inspiring Quotes About Plastic Free and Zero Waste Living

25 Inspiring Quotes About Plastic Free and Zero Waste Living

It’s the first day of Plastic Free July and to commemorate the occasion, I thought I would pay homage to the incredible people in the green community – zero waste pioneers, sustainability advocates, eco activists and conscious folk – who continue to inspire me and countless others with their incredible words of wisdom.

As I made mention in our first post on curated green quotes, to the untrained mind, some quotes may seem unrelated to the low waste and plastic-free living, but when you look at the bigger picture you will see the quote’s relevance.

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I hope you this list of quotes about plastic free, zero waste and minimal waste living inspires you through the plastic-free challenge!

(Note: Where I could locate the source of the quote, I have included in brackets.)

— Jen xx

1. We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly. – Anne Marie Bonneau aka The Zero Waste Chef

2. There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere. – Annie Leonard

3. The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. – Paulo Coelho

4. “It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people. – Unknown

5. The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy. – Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist

6. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

7. To do good, you actually have to do something. – Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

8. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

9. Trash is for tossers. – Lauren Singer

10. Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

11. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. – New England proverb

12. If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases. – David Suzuki

13. Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution. – Unknown

14. Waste is a design flaw. – Kate Kreba

15. Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

16. Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle. – Pope John Paul II

17. I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

18. It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it to a store, buy it and bring it home, is considered to be less effort than what it takes to just wash the spoon when you’re done with it. – Unknown

19. Waste isn’t waste until we waste it. — Will.I.Am, musician

20. You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

21. We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do. – Barbara Ward

22. It cannot be right to manufacture billions of objects that are used for a matter of minutes, and then are with us for centuries. – Roz Savage

23. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. – Howard Zinn

24. Single-use plastic is a ticking time bomb for the environment. Avoid it wherever and whenever possible. – Jennifer Nini, editor Eco Warrior Princess.

25. Do something drastic – cut the plastic! – Unknown

Now over to you: What are some of your favourite sustainability quotes? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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