20 Important Zero Waste Quotes to Live by + 20 Free Instagram Graphics

I probably already bored you with how much I love reading about practical things. I love books and while I was reading a bunch of them I collected my favourite quotes that relate to our mission to live a zero-waste lifestyle. FYI, here is my top 10 zero-waste books I read when I started my zero waste journey.

More than that, I put all of these, YES, ALL OF THEM in some cute graphics that you can download right now for free. The goal is to inspire somebody with them. The images are sized for Instagram but I guess you could share them on Facebook as well, although they are not perfectly sized for it.

If you need some social media graphics, send me an email. I love supporting other zero-waste advocates.

Quote 1

Your food choices are far more powerful than you canimagine.

— Carol J Adams & Virginia Messina, in Protest Kitchen

Quote 2

Buy less, choose well, make it last.

— Vivienne Westwood

Quote 3

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

— Robert Swan

Quote 4

There’s no such thing as ‘away’ when we throw anything away, it must go somewhere else.

— Annie Leonard

Quote 5

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

Quote 6

Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.

— Pope John Paul II

Quote 7

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

Quote 8

In times of abundance plan for times of scarcity, then in times of scarcity, you can continue to enjoy the fruits of abundance.

— Zoe Morrison

Quote 9

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

Quote 10

No matter how complex global problems may seem, it is we ourselves who have given rise to them. They cannot be beyond our power to resolve.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Quote 11

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Quote 12

The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves.

— Ayn Rand

Quote 13

It angers me when sustainability gets used as a buzzword. For 90 percent of the world, sustainability is a matter of survival.

— Cameron Sinclair

Quote 14

The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.

— Gaylord Nelson

Quote 15

As a culture or a civilization, we are a bit juvenile; it’s like ‘Oh, I have all this power, whoa, this is so cool, I can transform the earth and I can produce all this wealth. But we’re blinded by our success in a naive way. There’s more to life, actually, and I think the sustainability issue is also helpful in reminding us about that.


— Tino Sehgal

Quote 16

“Every time you choose a vegan meal, you 're creating a space for justice”

— Carol J Adams & Virginia Messina, in Protest Kitchen

Quote 17

Your money is power, so be aware of the products you’re buying and the companies you’re supporting to make sure you’re helping the companies that are leading the way in sustainability.

— Gretchen Bleiler

Quote 18

The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.

— Joshua Becker

Quote 19

Try to leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.

— Robert Baden-Powell

Quote 20

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

— Anne Marie Bonneau

Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

— Claudia


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