Sharing her wisdom here is Kathryn Kellogg of GoingZeroWaste.com and the author of the just-published 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste. Hear about how we can explain the concept of zero-waste living to friends, the feasibility of bioplastics replacing plastics, why we will never go back to a plastic-free world, and more.
[1:58] What inspired Kathryn’s new book, 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste.
[2:55] Kathryn: “Going zero waste is so individual and so personal.”
[3:53] Explaining the concept of zero waste to someone learning about it for the first time.
[5:34] Kathryn explains the importance of knowing what is actually recyclable in our areas and keeping in mind that recycling is an imperfect solution.
[6:28] Kathryn: “Sustainability is so gray; there’s no one way to be sustainable.”
[6:32] Dealing with the frustration of being around friends or family members who may be very wasteful.
[7:53] Kathryn: “Remember that your choices are only your choices; you can only control your actions. It’s a great lesson in letting go and truly being okay with what you’re doing and being different than others around you.”
[9:49] Kathryn: “People are so focused on what they can’t do that they miss all of the awesome stuff that they already are doing or what they can do.”
[11:25] How Kathryn balances keeping her content simple and accessible while personally knowing there is a lot of nuance and complexity.
[14:31] Kaméa: “What is one of the biggest zero waste lifestyle nuances that isn’t talked about enough, but should be?”
[20:08] Kaméa: “Based on what you know, is plastic a byproduct of the oil industry, and if so, what does this mean in terms of plastic’s place in our society today?”
[24:21] Kaméa: “What are your thoughts on the practicality of bioplastics replacing regular plastics?”
[27:51] Kathryn talks about her personal ’30-day buy-ban’ which helps her make more mindful buying choices based on needs rather than impulses.
[30:51] What personal sustainability means to Kathryn.
- Kathryn’s first Green Dreamer Episode (#35)
- 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste (Book)
- UN says that if food waste was a country, it’d be the #3 global greenhouse gas emitter (Scientific American)
- Americans waste food because we’re confused—and because we can (USA Today)
- Imperfect Produce
- Scraps (TV Show)
- Love a Lonely Banana: A Song About Food Waste (Kathryn’s YouTube video)
- It takes the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil to make plastic water bottles for the US (CBS News)
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Kathryn Kellogg is a recognized spokesperson for the zero-waste movement who’s been featured on National Geographic, The Guardian, CNN, and Refinery 29. She’s also a zero-waste consultant blogger at goingzerowaste.com, and is now a published author with her new book, 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste.
Keep in touch:
- Website: www.goingzerowaste.com
- Instagram: @going.zero.waste
- Twitter: @goingzerowaste
- Facebook: @goingzerowaste
- Pinterest: @kathrynkellogg
Suggested book or article: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Reverse Climate Change by Paul Hawkin
A product or service that should exist: Kathryn wishes universal composting existed everywhere.
Action to tackle burnout: “First, I get over it and keep going… And then at some point, I just order a pizza, sit on the couch, and binge watch Netflix for the next 48 hours.”
Advice to an earlier self: “First, I’d teach myself about personal sustainability. Second, I’d give myself advice about nuance, understanding, and compassion.”
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