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A Waste-Free Future with ‘International Zero Waste Day’ Inspired by Türkiye

Türkiye championed the ‘Zero Waste’ resolution at the UN General Assembly, a pivotal element of the sustainable development agenda.

The annual International Zero Waste Day (March 30th) represents a collective endeavour to ensure that future generations inherit a clean and habitable planet through waste management.

The Zero Waste Movement promotes Türkiye’s initiatives globally. It aims to prevent waste, reduce harmful waste, boost recycling rates, save money, utilize natural resources efficiently, and support sustainable development.

Türkiye has two pivotal elements to its Zero Waste ambitions: Waste-Free Cuisine and Sustainable Tourism.

Waste-Free and Minimal-Waste Turkish Cuisine

Waste-free cuisine is a critical component of a ecological lifestyle. As less waste is generated in the kitchen daily, a waste-free society and greener world becomes possible. Zero-waste restaurants, which are fundamental for enviormentally friendly food and the future, is a critical element in Turkish cuisine. Türkiye has a green gastronomy on both an ecological and cultural level.

Nourished by Türkiye’s fertile geography and Anatolia’s rich cultural heritage, ancient Turkish culinary traditions use everything and produce no waste.. For example, vegetable peels are used in salads or on their own, while fruit peels can be made into jams. It contributes to a more sustainable future by encouraging a lifestyle that considers environmental and social responsibilities and better uses of food resources.

Türkiye’s Sustainable Tourism Programme and Sustainable Transformation in Tourism

In 2022, Türkiye became the first country in the world to sign a governmental agreement with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), which establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism. Starting with accommodations, the programme expands to tour operators and destinations to incorporate sustainability principles across the tourism ecosystem. As of March 25th, 2024, the total number of documented/certified accommodation facilities in Türkiye reached 17,393, with 871 certified, and the objective of all facilities in Türkiye to obtain the Sustainable Tourism Certificate by 2030. Waste management (reducing, separating, reusing and recycling waste), a requirement of Türkiye’s Sustainable Tourism Programme, is also a condition of the Zero Waste Movement to protect the environment. As a result, the Sustainable Tourism Programme, strengthens Türkiye’s zero-waste efforts and serves as an essential model for environmentally friendly cities and tourism.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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