Aiming for zero waste is a full time commitment for the Port of Portland (Oregon) Waste Minimization Team. Reusing unused office furniture and developing a central collection system for food donations are just two ways Grace Stainbeck and her team creatively reduce waste at the Portland International Airport.
Trying hard to recycle less and reuse more makes perfect sense when you realize that reusing uses up fewer resources than recycling. Filmmaker Alex Eaves tells us what led him to make a documentary about reuse.
Karen Schiff is excited about a new kitchen consignment store. She used to buy low quality kitchen products new and had to replace them a few years later. Now she buys durable products that have a longer lifespan.
What could be more creative than repurposing ordinary objects for art projects in schools? That's the magic behind NYC's Materials for the Arts, a reuse center that puts used materials into the creative hands of young artists. Harriet Taub, the Executive Director of the organization, explains more.
Jacquie Ottman, founder of WeHateToWaste.com critiques 'Racing To Zero' documentary about San Francisco's zero waste efforts. Concludes that is risks sending a message that recycling is the new 'away' at the expense of reduce and reuse.
Reuse expert MaryEllen Etienne of the Reuse Institute tells us how she turned her love for reuse into a career. She reminds us how easy it can be to find creative ways to reuse, and invites us to break our single-use habits.
Our family tradition of wrapping presents in fabric gift bags began as little brown paper bags. When my parents were first married in 1942, they lived in a basement apartment, the ceiling crisscrossed with pipes. For one of Mom’s birthdays, when Pop couldn’t afford much, he got her a bunch of little gifts, “Ning-A-Nings,” as we call them. He put them in little brown paper bags and hung them with string on the pipes. When Mom came home from work, she was greeted with all these little bags of surprises. She loved it! We had paper bag birthdays from that point on!
We’re all familiar with the Capital One slogan, “What’s in your wallet?” reduce-reuse-refill tips icon But I didn’t expect waste-watcher-in-chief, Jacquie Ottman to pose a similar question over lunch: "What's in your purse? What reusables do you carry that help you prevent waste?"