The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

Finding alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing our waste, and reducing our environmental footprint.... Show More

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Environmental talk show host and producer Betsy Rosenberg started her career at KCBS San Francisco and became a network news anchor and started a Trash Talk segment back in 1997, offering waste reduction tips on the CBS network.

In 2004 she expanded into America's first syndicated sustainability show on commercial radio, Eco Talk Radio, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the environmental movement such as Al Gore...

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May 25, 2020 30 min

Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of Going Zero Waste a lifestyle website dedicated to helping others live a healthier and more sustainable life. She’s a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic, Chief Sustainability Officer at the One Movement, and author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste which breaks eco-friendly, sustainable living down into an easy step by step process with lots of positivity and love.

Kathryn joi...

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Elsbeth Callaghan hosts and produces the Practical(ly) Zero Waste Podcast and funny enough, she lives an hour and a half away from Laura!

Elsbeth and Laura talk about the difficulties of trying to live a zero waste lifestyle during COVID, what it's like living so close to each other, and what got Lisbeth into the zero waste movement.

You can listen to her podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

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David Hill joins the ZWC to talk about the company he works for, Power Knot, and how their machines digest food waste in a matter of hours, saving companies money and time, but most importantly, the environment!

Cannabis Digester

Power Knot America

Power Knot Canada

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April 27, 2020 30 min

Garik Himebaugh is the founder of Eco-Stylist.com, a marketplace for sustainable men's fashion. Garik joins the ZWC to discuss fast fashion, price per wear, the benefits of tailoring, how to choose sustainable brands, and even Billie Eilish! 

Check out Garik's fantastic blog on sustainability in the fashion world here: Eco-Stylist Blog

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April 13, 2020 29 min

Zack Kong has designed the first and only compostable alternative to single-use plastic utensils you can compost in your own backyard. His new company, based in San Diego, is called TwentyFifty named after the year 2050 - the year the population is projected to reach 10 billion and when it’s estimated that the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the amount of fish. Zack's brand has one mission: to stop, or at leas...

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March 30, 2020 30 min

Max La Manna is the author of the new book: More Plants Less Waste, bridging the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking. 

Max is on a mission to turn the tide on plastic waste while eating healthy, and saving money. His cookbook offers 80 recipes with stories and photos in between. 

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March 24, 2020 30 min

Ashwin Ramdas cofounded Denver's first zero waste grocery delivery service in October 2019 and joins the ZWC to talk about his journey.

 

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March 16, 2020 30 min

Beer is a fermented, antimicrobial, sustainable beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years. Daniel MacKinnon sat down with Laura to discuss sustainable beer making practices on his Canadian farm that's been in his family since 1784, using their own barley and local hops, and they take care of their waste responsibly. 

 

Right from the growing process to the reusable kegs being sanitized for decades of reuse, beer ca...

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March 8, 2020 61 min

Dana O’Brien, Executive VP of Food and Agriculture at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and Andy LaVigne, President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association discuss the biotech industry from an environmental perspective. 

Andy LaVigne, President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association

 

Dana O’Brien, Executive VP of Food and Agriculture at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization

 

Biotech is important for ...

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February 23, 2020 30 min

Riggs Eckelberry is the founder and CEO of the water technology company, OriginClear, which is delivering water solutions for industrial customers worldwide. OriginClear has developed and licensed an invention that treats industrial and agricultural waste water with very little energy, and no chemicals. Industrial users can treat their
water right where they use it, using prepackaged “point of use” water treatment systems that have...

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February 16, 2020 29 min

Matt Daigle joins the ZWC to talk about his company Rise, a place where we can see home rebates and incentives from every province and state across America!

We talk about sustainability in New Brunswick, construction waste, efficient choices for renovations, and what it takes to become a Certified B Corp. 

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February 9, 2020 54 min

What does fermentation have to do with zero waste living? Quite a bit, actually! Fermenting foods allows us to store and preserve fresh local food so we can eat healthy and reduce the packaging we'd otherwise need to buy. 

 

Sandor Katz is a native of New York City and a graduate of Brown University, currently living in Cannon County, Tennessee. Since 2003 when Sandor's book Wild Fermentation was published, he's taught...

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February 3, 2020 33 min

Scott Cooney is the Founder and CEO of Pono Home Essentials, an organic zero waste company born on Oahu that has recently expanded to Las Vegas, and the energy efficiency company Pono Home in Hawaii. 

His mission is to reduce waste and teach the world (not just Hawaii) on how to live in a healthier and greener home. Pono Home Essentials has a unique zero waste mission for customers to return their empty product bottles to use and...

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January 26, 2020 30 min

Chloe Debois, co-founder and president of Ocean Legacy Foundation, joins the ZWC to talk about her work cleaning up beaches and shorelines around the world.

They recently released a program called E.P.I.C.- Education, Policy, Infrastructure & Cleanup - a management strategy aimed to support ecologically sensitive areas and communities that are in a plastic pollution crisis. 

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January 19, 2020 54 min

John Morris lives in Hong Kong and hosts his own podcast called Zero Waste Money. John gives us a glimpse into Hong Kong through a zero waste perspective and discusses his own personal purchases, and the cultural aspects of Hong Kong and waste. 

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January 5, 2020 28 min

Coffee cup litter is a big problem in Canada and almost all municipal recycling facilities in Canada do not accept coffee cups in blue bins, because there's a thin layer of PET plastic on the inside of the paper cup to make it waterproof. There's a company who does recycle them though, and produces products made of recycled paper.

Renée Yardley is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sustana Group, who prod...

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December 23, 2019 23 min

More and more companies are reporting on sustainability and some stock exchanges around the world even require it to be listed. Alyson Genovese from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sat down with Laura at the Sustainable Brands Metrics conference in Philadelphia to discuss sustainability reporting, why it matters, and why it's gaining in popularity across the world.

 

This episode was recorded at the Sustainable Brands Metric...

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December 11, 2019 29 min

Do you ever visit a city you've never been to before, and wonder how sustainable they are? One of the first things I do when I go to a new city is Google the city name plus "zero waste" to see if there are any zero waste shops! 

Philadelphia didn't have one November 2019 when I was there, but I met Julie Hancher who cofounded Green Philly and hosts City Rising Podcast and got to hear all about Philadelphia's ef...

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December 2, 2019 30 min

Glass has been used to transport and store goods for thousands of years, and Egyptian glass is still around today that was used during the time of the pharaohs. Unfortunately we live in a time where companies prefer to produce and pay for new glass bottles instead of collecting, washing, and using the bottles they already bought. 

Rebecca Davies is one of the founders of Remark Glass operating out of the Bok Building in Philadelp...

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