The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast
By Laura Nash
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Finding alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing our waste, and reducing our environmental footprint.
||Clean32. Green Circle Salons||Meet Shane Price, the founder and CEO of Green Circle Salons, and find out how this Canadian from Toronto has changed the way American, and Canadian, salons get rid of their trash. Did you know that our hair can be used to make absorbent pads that can||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. Regeneration Magazine||Kyle Calian founded the Regeneration Magazine, a collection of environmental stories and interviews with climate leaders and entrepreneurs who are making positive, sustainable change. The magazine is biannually available in digital or print, and Is||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Food With Kristin Lawless||Kristin Lawless (previously published as Kristin Wartman) is a Certified Nutrition Educator, an author, and an independent journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, T||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Bea Johnson On Tour||CNN calls her the mother of the zero waste lifestyle movement and The New York Times calls her the priestess of waste free living. Her book Zero Waste Home has been printed in over 20 different languages, she's spoken in 55 different countries, and||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. It's Not You, It's The System||Matt Wilkins is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt's Center for Science Outreach who works as the Resident Scientist at Head Magnet Middle School, developing and teaching STEM curriculum. He collaborates with science, math, English, social studies, a||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Zero Waste Daniel||Host of The Zero Waste Countdown Laura Nash met up with revolutionary fashion designer Daniel Silverstein, better known as Zero Waste Daniel, at his design shop in Brooklyn. Fast fashion is quickly causing our planet a lot of problems - it's using to||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. Swedish Stockings||Meet Linn Frisinger, co-founder and CEO of Swedish Stockings who joins Laura in episode 26 of the ZWC to talk all about her sustainable company. Their high quality stockings are made from polyamide reclaimed from a big problem in our oceans - fish net||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. Elate Cosmetics||Do you know what's in your makeup, or what to do with the container and packaging once you're finished with it? Meet Melodie Reynolds, CEO and founder of Elate Cosmetics from Victoria, British Columbia. Her products are ethical and sustainable with||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. Food Sharing||In Australia food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy around $20 billion dollars each year. Australians throw away about 5.3 billion tonnes of edible food each year. In the United States it’s estimated that 415 kilograms (or about 91||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. What's In Plastic?||Jay Sinha cowrote the book Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy with his partner Chantal Plamondon. They also have their own store Life Without Plastic where we can f||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Nu Grocery||Do you ever walk into a supermarket and get that sinking feeling in your stomach, as you look around at all that wasteful plastic and unnecessary packaging? Imagine getting your groceries in a plastic free environment with no plastic bags and no plastic||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. Zero Waste Periods||Have you ever heard of collective action? It's basically when a bunch of people make a change in their own lives that, collectively, ends up making a big difference. The average female will use approximately 11,000 sanitary products in her lifetime. So||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. Jo Kaminska Foundation||Meet Joanna Ruda. Her company Jo Kaminska Ethical Jewelry has been funding the Jo Kaminska Foundation for years, which focuses on educating others about the dangers of single use plastic overconsumption. Originally from Poland she’s spent man||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. Plastics & Politics with Catherine McKenna||Canada has entered the world stage when it comes to the environment and plastics recovery and reduction. Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment & Climate Change Catherine McKenna knows what's up when it comes to reducing||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. Restaurants & Tech||Meet Josh Walters (front right), one of the men behind the new Feedback App sweeping Toronto’s quick service restaurant scene. When a restaurant gets close to throwing out leftover food they post a discount on the Feedback App instead. Hungry deal||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. BPA In Our Diets||What is BPA, where is it found, how is it getting inside us, and why is it potentially dangerous to human health? Which age group is most exposed to BPA? Lorna Harries is an Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics at University Exeter Medical Scho||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Zero Waste Flowers||The flower industry packs a large carbon footprint by using airplanes for transport, refrigerated trucks, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, plastic packaging, cellophane, little plastic trinkets, and balloons and ribbons that end up on our be||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Environmental Defence With Tim Gray||The Director of Environmental Defence Canada, Tim Gray, joins the Countdown to speak with us about legislation in Canada that's leading to waste reduction on a massive provincial scale. Five cent plastic bag charges have shown to be more than 85% ef||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Sea of Life: Julia Barnes||Our mindless overconsumption is out of control on a planetary scale and our oceans are being emptied at an alarming rate. A lot of fish that are taken from our oceans today lose their lives but aren’t actually consumed by humans – what’s happening||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Natural dyes: Sustain Clothing||Sustain makes healthy, sustainable clothing from organic, natural fibers that are good for your body and good for the world. Unlike traditional manufacturing processes they avoid using petroleum-based dyes and toxic chemicals that harm the environment a||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. What Is TerraCycle?||Join Laura in Toronto as she speaks with Jessica Panetta, the Marketing and Communications Manager for TerraCycle Canada, as we talk about how TerraCycle started, how it works, how you can participate, and how you can get your workplace involved. A Zer||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. The Zero Footprint Baby||Keya Chatterjee speaks with us from Washington D.C. about her book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. We discuss how she calculated her baby's carbon footprint during his first year of life, the difference bet||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Outgoing Compost||The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) is in charge of facilitating the proper disposal of solid waste in the county. Proper disposal is a constantly evolving term, and OCRRA has been a leader in this evolution, having won numerous nationa||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Recycling With Quinte Waste Solutions||China recently announced it will no longer accept contaminated plastic recycling from the West, leaving municipalities in England and North America scrambling. Why isn't Quinte Waste Solutions affected? Quinte Waste Solutions was one of the frontrunners||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Closed-Loop Rain Gear: Faire Child||Children's clothes are bought cheap these days with dire consequences for the environment and foreign workers. Cheap clothing often ends up in landfill sooner than we expected and while it's briefly worn by our children, cheap clothing, especially water||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Cooking: Waste Less With MmmChef||Daniela is a personal chef from Ottawa who's perfected healthy, often waste-free meals on a budget. She grew up in an Italian-Canadian household where it was important not to waste food. She helps her clients meal plan, reduce their waste, reduce thei||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Removing Clothing From Landfill||Meet Kaveri Marathe: she recently started a social enterprise called Texiles in the Washington, D.C. area that's aiming to remove clothing from landfill. Americans send 13 million tons of clothing to landfill each year where material decomposes slowly||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Hiking And Camping Zero Waste||Dariya and Dominic are avid adventure seekers with degrees in Environmental Science and an unstoppable passion for conscious living. From city day walks to weekend warrior hikes to 6 months trekking the Pacific Crest Trail, they have refined their gear||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Geothermal Energy||Oil and gas production creates a lot of heat that could be harnessed and used in Canada, along with heat produced by the earth itself. Kim Vinet, pro big mountain skier and geologist from Revelstoke, British Columbia, works for Epoch Energy and is lead||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Microplastics In Marine Life||Jay Brandes, professor and researcher of Chemical Oceanography at the University of Georgia's Department of Marine Sciences in Savannah, is currently conducting a study on microplastics in marine life off the coast of Georgia. He's already made a startl||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Ski To Save The Planet||We speak with Kim Vinet, pro big mountain skier and geologist, who recently made a career switch from the oil and gas industry into renewables. We talk about how the love of skiing and the outdoors leads us to care for the environment and work to pres||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: What's Wrong With Plastic?||The convenience of single-use plastics, from water bottles, take-out utensils, and straws to food wraps and grocery store containers has taken over our way of life. Studies are beginning to warn us that plastics contain chemicals leaching into our food||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this podcast! My eyes were opened to our global waste and plastic pollution problem around the time this podcast began. Laura picks incredible topics and I have learned so much about how to live a more healthy and sustainable life through the wide range of people she talks with and topics she covers. I am always inspired and encouraged to continue this journey with each and every podcast! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
I just wanted you to know I love your podcast. I thought my family was not too bad with our garbage until I really started looking this past month at our plastic. Thank you for your in-depth interviews I really enjoy them and I’ve recommended it to others. I especially loved the episode on back country hiking as I’m just starting to learn how to do that. I’ve hiked the berg lake trail and Juan de fuca, and hope to do much more but this time take my son. Great ideas for how we can lessen our impact when we go.:)
Just what I needed!
Laura’s podcast is really useful, informative and current. Love the Canadian perspective for waste reduction/elimination and the guests are well great too.
Each week, Laura suggests ways to reduce your waste in a manner that makes it easy. Small steps will lead to zero waste! Congrats! Love it!
I’m on the zero-waste countdown and so is my small business!
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