Learn how to live a zero waste lifestyle

Categories: Events, How To
Published on: June 15, 2019

Transition Brockville / 15 June 2019

Can you imagine reducing your household waste from one trash barrel to a single 250 ml Mason jar every two weeks?

It can be done. Michelle Dunford, of Kemptville, will show how during her talk, “Practical Zero Waste Living,” at the next Transition Brockville presentation, Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library’s program room.

Dunford, 32, her husband, 40, and their 2-year-old son have been using the 5 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot) to achieve a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle this past year, while both work 8 a.m to 5 p.m. jobs. In the last 6 months, they have thrown out only one curbside can of garbage.

In her talk, she will explain simple, sustainable options for working families – options that are available locally and have the greatest impact in reducing waste. Examples are buying loose produce at the grocery store; buying pasta in a box instead of a plastic bag; bringing your own containers to Bulk Barn for dried goods.

She will also show how minimalism has helped them avoid unnecessary consumerism, and how adding more vegetarian options to their diet has saved them money and reduced their carbon footprint.

Whether your desire is to slow global warming, reduce your plastic waste, minimize impact to wildlife habitats, or save money, Dunford’s talk will help you make simple choices that lead to a more sustainable, less wasteful lifestyle.

This event is open to the public. Families are welcome; if very young children become restless, a parent and the child can visit the children’s section of the library, right next door to the program room. Refreshments are provided; a free will donation is welcome.