Zero waste challenge

Nicole Sara Sivens
July 31, 2017
5 min read
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As we make our way through our day, we each generate an average of 4½ pounds of garbage.

Seem like a lot? It is! And it’s causing big problems.

The way we produce, transport, consume and dispose of all our “stuff” and our food accounts for 42% of U.S. greenhouse (GHG) emissions – but there’s good news! Dealing with 90% of our waste by 2030 will reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of closing more than 20% of U.S. coal-fired power plants. So how do we deal with our waste? Simple: Make less and recycle more.

Making the move to zero waste isn’t an all or nothing game – any step creating less trash is a move in the right direction. With that in mind, we’re going to dive and try our best to go zero waste in August.

We plan to be extra aware of the waste we generate and will make an effort to reduce it over the course of 30 days (and beyond!).

Our leader in this exciting project is our own head of Investor Relations, Tanaaz Jasani. She’ll be updating us on her progress via IG stories and live broadcasts.

Follow along with us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and The Current to see how we’re hangin’ in there.  #30DayCleanUp

Ready to do your part?

The more the merrier! We’d love for you to join us and share your progress with your friends. Here’s some quick and easy ways to start reducing your waste right now:

1. Say no to straws. Every day in the US we put 500 million of those little plastic pieces in the garbage. Enough is enough.

2. Cloth napkins. Invest a few dollars in a couple of cloth napkins and say goodbye to the paper.

3. BYOM. Bring your own mug to the coffee shop instead of using a throwaway. 

Looking for tips and inspiration?

Check out these zero waste blogs:

“Minimize. Ask yourself, what do I not need?” – Trash is for Tossers

“I like to keep a set of stainless steel travel utensils so that I can avoid using plastic” – Minimalist Beauty

“The best way to avoid generating waste while in transit is by packing snacks.” – Zero Waste Guy

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