Striving towards zero waste

Following it's launch in the capital, this business has big plans for a greener future.

03 February 2019 | Business

Yolanda Nel • Windhoek

The daily consumption of plastic straws alone is enough to wrap around the Earth's circumference four times. Precisely this shocking statistic motivated this entrepreneur to do her part to limit the waste in her business.

Nikita Rix of the Collective Boutique in Windhoek, launched her Zero Waste Collection (ZWC) in the capital on Saturday. “Our mission with the ZWC is to encourage small changes which ultimately make a huge difference by providing affordable, quality, zero-waste products,” she told Windhoek Express.

The ZWC features products which make a zero-waste lifestyle easier. Products include beeswax wraps, dopper water bottles to replace plastic bottles, glass, metal and silicone straws to replace plastic straws, as well as produce and shopper bags made from recycled plastic. The collection even features organic bamboo underwear and basic clothing for sale.

Ethically conscious

According to Nikita, a zero-waste lifestyle is essential these days. Thousands of tons of plastic waste from single use products endanger nature and all its life forms on a daily basis, and take up to 500 years to decompose.

“We believe that a more sustainable and ethically conscious world is possible, but it is up to us to create it,” she said. “If we don't make it our mission to be the game changers of plastic use and take care for the future of our planet, what will be left of it for the generations to come?

Nikita feels that Namibians in general are blissfully unaware of the devastating effects of pollution. Whether it's private users or business like restaurants, there are very few who make a conscious effort towards a zero-waste lifestyle. On a positive note, she says that general awareness around the world is slowly opening up towards a zero-waste lifestyle. “We can only hope Namibians will start following sooner rather than later.”

If you missed the launch, make your way to the Collective Boutique soon.

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