Women: Birthing justice, birthing hope. Part 7 of 12
S. Ushakumari is a horticulturist who has been working with a public interest research organization for the past 20 years. Part of her life’s work is also a movement that is sweeping the globe: zero waste. Zero waste reexamines consumption with an ethical, economic and environmental eye. Instead of seeking to “manage” waste, this philosophy and campaign aims to eliminate it. As Usha’s story about her community project shows, zero waste starts with the humble elements of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. But it goes further by requiring companies to change the way they design and manufacture goods so that they are free of toxins. Ultimately, zero waste aims to create a society that lives sustainably on a finite resource base. In the process, it strengthens local economies with jobs, reduces energy demands and thus climate change, and saves local governments money that is spent cleaning up industries’ messes.
By S. Ushakumari