Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7–8 p.m.
What is it? Is it a lifestyle? Is it attainable? Where do you start? Can you still recycle? Is it realistic for a family? What are some easy zero waste alternatives?
This event we focused on discussing Zero Waste. I have summarized the main points of the meeting below and provided links for your convenience. (:
Topics from the meeting:
- What is it?
- The simple definition: to send nothing to the landfill.
- The 5 R’s of Zero Waste
- Step one: Refuse: Refuse what you don’t need. Accepting something is reinforcing the demand for it
- Step two: Reduce: Letting go of unused/unneeded items makes them available to your community
- Donate your items- be cautious and research the place to make sure they are ethical and follow through with their mission
- Step Three: Reuse: Almost everything has a reusable alternative, do your research
- Find additional uses for your unused items
- Buy secondhand items
- Step Four: Recycle: Goal is to recycle as little as possible, but it’s a good alternative to the landfill
- Check Terra Cycle for more recycling options
- Step Five: Rot: Composting!
- Food Tips:
- Helpful Tips:
- OLIO, local food sharing app
- Ecosia, environmental search engine that plants trees for your searches
- Facebook “buy nothing” groups, trading or gifting groups
- Next Door, neighborhood app, could share food or compost bins
- Clean Cult, a zero waste cleaning products