Zero Waste

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Zero Waste Team

The Zero Waste Team challenges consumption and disrupts consumer culture by hosting educational events, workshops and social gatherings … on everyday climate action … including Ethical Eating, Permaculture and Composting, Reducing Food Waste, Buy Nothing, Make Smthng, Zero Single-Use Plastics, Mending & Alterations, Slow Fashion and much more …

According to UN Habitat: … Cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, they account for less than 2 per cent of the Earth’s surface.

About

We’re a group of a dozen or so Unitarians and friends who like to share our enthusiasm for reducing waste.

In 2020 we met with our Congregational Administrator to discuss how to reduce waste on site, including composting paper towels from washrooms, ensuring kitchen food waste go into our round black bins to have the red wriggler worms turn it into compost for the gardens, and asking caretakers to be aware of recycling systems. In the new year, now that the site is active again, we might plan another meeting.

We’ve hosted workshops related to reducing waste.

We usually host a forum on reducing waste during the winter holidays, a high consumption time if we’re not vigilant.

If you’re interested in environment team work, this is a small and friendly place to start.

We’re very open to your suggestions and support.

Fill out this form to connect and let us know your interests.

Here are some past events initiated by team members:

  • Slow fashion monthly meetup, bring your own project and work on it together
  • Plastic-free July, encouraging members to make a pledge
  • Forums on various topics from composting to recycling

At Home Hardware they say: You can do it! We can help!

UCV has many spaces that can be booked for small groups and a paid zoom account, so gatherings can be small groups. Someone on our team who is experienced with the system for booking and advertising can help you gather a few people together for a gathering, whether one-off or a monthly drop‑in.

If you’d like to be part of a group related to Zero Waste …You can do it! We can help!

Plastic

Image links to the PBS newshour documentary film 'The Plastic Problem' on Youtube

By the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans
In “The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents,” Amna Nawaz and her PBS NewsHour colleagues look at this now ubiquitous material and how it’s impacting the world …

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Canadians throw away 3 million tonnes of plastic waste each year [1]

Fashion

fashion industry facts

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Food

Food Waste in Canada

The Facts

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the Avoidable Crisis in Food Waste / secondharvest.ca / vcm-international.com

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