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110 No-Waste Stories — and Counting

Scroll through the stories that have been submitted by members of our community. They are sorted according to the 7 facets of the No-Waste Mindset so you can find what’s most relevant to you.  (You can also access the stories from the drop-down menu under “+NoWaste Mindset-Stories and Tips” on the main blue nav bar on the website. )

Then, consider submitting your own story of how you are reducing waste at home or professionally.  Learn how HERE.

Calvin Klein consumer culture

What Comes After Shopping? Strategies for Creating a New Consumer Culture in NYC

Think there's too much waste and wastefulness in the world? Jacquie Ottman offers four strategies for creating a new consumer culture. It fights waste, climate change and addresses the significant trash woes in her hometown of New York City.
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If Trash Could Talk: Poems, Stories and Musings by Jacquie Ottman

If Trash Could Talk: Poems, Stories and Musings by Jacquie Ottman

If Trash Could Talk contains 60 poems, stories and musings about trash, waste and wastefulness. Written by Jacquie Ottman to amuse, delight, provoke and inspire a new consumer culture, especially in her hometown of New York City.
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free stuff boxes can help reduce waste in NYC

Ten Ways Residents Can Reduce Waste In NYC Apartment Buildings

Ten great ways apartment residents in NYC can reduce waste via free DSNY recycling collection programs, free online resources and low-cost methods for sharing, borrowing, swapping, repairing and more with neighbors. Four strategies for measuring success, too.
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NYC Swap, Share and Schmooze in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood

Swap, Share and Shmooze in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen

Want to learn how to hold a fun swap event in your community? Learn from the Swap, Share, and Shmooze event held in NYC's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Reduce waste and promote neighborliness.
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Pandemic Cooking

Making the Most of Your Pandemic Cooking

Jacquelyn Ottman, zero waste advocate and scratch cook explains the appreciation of food that she gained by cooking during the Pandemic.
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Chicken Fried Rice made from Leftover Roast Chicken

Leave it to Leftovers: Tasty Meals During the Pandemic

Jacquie Ottman's tasty ways to use up leftovers, inspired by her own cooking during the coronavirus pandemic
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#ThinkTwice when shopping

#ThinkTwice Before You Shop

Next time you go out shopping, #ThinkTwice before you buy. The products you buy have an impact that reaches deeper than your wallet.
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Preventing Waste: It Just Feels Good

The reasons why we prevent waste aren't just about saving money or the environment - it also makes us feel good, and a whole lot more!
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free stuff boxes can help reduce waste in NYC

Ten Ways Residents Can Reduce Waste In NYC Apartment Buildings

Ten great ways apartment residents in NYC can reduce waste via free DSNY recycling collection programs, free online resources and low-cost methods for sharing, borrowing, swapping, repairing and more with neighbors. Four strategies for measuring success, too.
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