July 2019: Zero Waste

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7–8 p.m.
Zero Waste

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
    • Step Five: Rot: Composting!
  • Food Tips:
    • Buy through Imperfect Produce, using this link will give you $10 off your 1st box that’s shipped right to your door!
    • Buy through a local CSA, local farmers
  • 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
    • Toothpaste:



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