Sweden is the no.1 country when it comes to sustainability or living a sustainable livelihood. The Swedish lifestyle incorporated the segregation of the waste into different segments including the recyclable group, the targets are known as the ideal that can be easily achieved by Sweden. How Swedish is aiming for Zero Waste?
Sweden has covered every minute of daily use of the Swedish people to be able to recycle it or reuse it practically.
- The Swedish Government’s target for food waste is to decrease it by 20 weight percent per person by 2025.
- Sweden is also focusing on a circular economy by setting up a special group addressing only those issues. The circular economy means involving products that can be completely resued, a cradle-to-cradle approach.
- A startup is known as Beteendelabbet focuses on searching for innovative solutions for sustainable livelihood. The goal is to transform the way Swedes are living now. Ida Lemoine, founder of Beteendelabbet: ‘We think people need services that make it easy to do the right thing.’ ‘We need to make it possible for ourselves as consumers to share and reuse all kinds of gadgets, clothes, and furniture, and even our workspaces and homes.’
- Sweden’s government reformed the tax systems in 2017 to make the repairing of used items cheaper.
- In 2020, Stockholm H&M announced that customers can transform their unwanted clothes into a new piece of the garment. It is called a looop, garment-to-garment recycling system. Also, many researchers are finding new raw cloth materials that are less damaging to the environment.
- Swedes also focus on changing daily habits and behaviors such as, eating less meat, stopping throwing stuff away, and flying less.
As per the Swedish Waste Management Association, the results of recycling in Sweden in 2020, show remarkable changes:-
- 4,839,430 tonnes of household waste was managed. It is equivalent to 467 kilos of waste per person per year.
- 46% of household waste turned into energy.
- 86% of PET bottles and 87% of aluminum cans were recycled, whereas the target is 90% for both.
- 61% of packaging material was recycled, whereas the target is 65%.