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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.

Naboskab: Helping the Danes Share Via Community Closets

Looking for innovative ideas to promote sharing, circular economy and local sustainability? Check out Naboskab — "Neighborhood Closet" in Danish — and learn about their three community closets that promote reuse and sharing, while also saving money, space, and the environment.
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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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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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Visible Mending Bird Embroidered On a Shirt By Jussara Lee

Visible Mending is Trending with Jussara Lee

Stop throwing away clothing that becomes torn or worn! Jussara Lee has a better, more beautiful solution: mend it artfully and visibly, with what she calls 'Visible Mending'.
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Naboskab: Helping the Danes Share Via Community Closets

Looking for innovative ideas to promote sharing, circular economy and local sustainability? Check out Naboskab — "Neighborhood Closet" in Danish — and learn about their three community closets that promote reuse and sharing, while also saving money, space, and the environment.
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NYC community members at Stop 'N' Swap event.

Stop ‘N’ Swap Events Help Make NYC More Sustainable

In addition to keeping stuff out of landfills, community reuse events like GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swaps ® can make NYC more sustainable by building community and enhancing economic resilience, especially in underserved areas.
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Throw a Leftovers Pooling Party to reduce food waste and have fun!

Leftovers Pooling: The Most Fun Way Yet to Cut Down on Food Waste

Learn from WeHateToWaste founder Jacquie Ottman how to throw a Leftovers Pooling Party. And discover the most fun way yet to cut down on food waste.
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Community Fridge in Frome UK Reduces Food Waste, Feeds the Needy

Esther Deeks shares resources for starting a Community Fridge to cut food waste, feed needy like the one she founded in Frome, UK
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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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Vincent Lai helps the NYC community repair more broken stuff.

How To Get Broken Stuff Fixed in NYC

NYC residents now have more options for getting things fixed in NYC. Get free tips on where to repair, as well as tips to reduce, reuse and recycle in the Big Apple.
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