Omaha samples the Zero Waste track to a better planet

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- One of the most important gifts we might be able to pass from one generation to the next is a good dose of nothing at all.

Zero Waste is a movement gaining momentum across the country but is it really possible to live waste-free?

Cory Johnson is trying to put as little into landfills as possible. “We go to the garden nearby and compost there,” Johnson said. “We try to recycle as much as we can and reuse containers."

Johnson says moving toward zero waste is a big challenge but he feels it's important now and for his son's future.

“It's tough with a little guy like that but we're going to get as close as we can as soon as we can."

Benjamin Kroll also has a young family. He wants his children to understand why their parents are doing things like reusing glass containers rather than buying packaged foods.

“I also think it's a learning experience for them. For instance she's looking at small little plants and asking questions. That's important. You're not going to do that in a big box store."

Kroll says sometimes it can feel costly to go the less-waste-route. It's something he says he has to consider, “making sure that things that are organic or more zero waste in a sense is budget-wise something we can handle."

It's not just the younger generation taking an interest in this movement.

Gabriele Apodaca said, “When I go out to restaurants I drink water and either I get no straw anymore or a plastic straw. So this is the perfect solution."

Leigh Neary, the owner of Exist Green, said the idea of going completely waste-free can be overwhelming but her advice is simple: “Start thinking about what you're throwing away."

Neary says to do what you can. Maybe it's swapping out your soap or buying locally produced eggs, “and then analyzing, 'Did I need to buy that thing in the first place? Could I have refused it? Is there a reusable alternative that I didn't have to end up throwing in a bin?’"