The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

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


75. Green Philly
Dec 11 • 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…
74. Sustainable Remark Glass Studio
Dec 2 • 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…
73. Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Nov 25 • 29 min
Laura sat down with John Lanier, the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, at the Sustainable Brands Metrics event in Philadelphia. The foundation supports and funds projects that ensure future generations inherit a world where healthy and…
72. Fats, Oils, & Grease Waste
Nov 18 • 31 min
Fats, oil, and grease (FOG) are a major problem for municipal systems around the world when they clog pipes and sewer systems and cost tax payers millions of dollars to clean up. Brian Levine joins the ZWC to talk about how his company Greasezilla is…
71. Secondhand with Adam Minter
Nov 12 • 52 min
Bloomberg writer Adam Minter takes readers through a series of stories from around the world, of people whose lives revolve around the thriving secondhand industry, in his new book Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade. Adam lives…
70. The Strumbellas
Nov 4 • 30 min
Darryl James, the bassist for the award-winning Canadian band The Strumbellas, joins the ZWC to talk about the challenges of staying sustainable while on tour, playing shows all over the world, and having a busy schedule in the music industry. The…
69. Managing Waste Services With Elytus
Oct 28 • 31 min
When companies have a product or service to sell, they focus on that product or service and may not have the time or knowledge to manage their waste streams too, and that’s where Elytus comes in. Matthew Hollis is the co-founder and president of Elytus, a…
68. Enzymes Breaking Down Plastic
Oct 21 • 29 min
Martin Stephan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CARBIOS, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE Martin Stephan is the Deputy CEO of Carbios, a French biotech startup developing a biological solution to be able to fully recycle plastics. Carbios’ technology leverages…
67. Microplastic In Our Atmosphere
Oct 7 • 31 min
Dr. Melanie Bergman, from the HGF-MPG Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology at Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung joins the ZWC to talk about her recent study showing that microplastic is now in our atmosphere.…
66. Zero Waste Buildings
Oct 1 • 33 min
Denise Braun is the Principal and Founder of All About Waste. She currently lives in LA but is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she focuses on improving buildings to be more liveable, which includes zero waste operation and certification. Living in…
65. Plastic in the Arctic
Sep 23 • 31 min
In August 2019 Swedish icebreaker Oden conducted a research expedition to the Northwest Passage. Disturbingly, what they found in ice core samples in the Arctic, was plastic. Hear from scientist Jacob Strock from the University of Rhode Island’s…
64. Smart Waste with Rubicon Global
Sep 17 • 32 min
David Rachelson is the Vice President of Sustainability at Rubicon Global and he works with businesses of all sizes, municipalities, and smart cities to find solutions to their waste. Rubicon Global is a technology company that powers a digital…
63. Canadian Beef
Sep 9 • 64 min
“Stop eating beef, you’re killing the planet!” is a message we see nonstop. But is beef really killing the planet? Large factory farms have a negative impact on the environment and so do cattle grazing on burnt out rainforest so we know that a lot of beef…
62. Coffee Waste in Scotland
Sep 4 • 29 min
Fergus Moore joins the ZWC to talk all about his company Revive Eco that he founded with Scott Kennedy, in order to divert coffee waste from the garbage across Scotland. Coffee grounds are still rich in uses after they make coffee, and Fergus is working…
61. Cycling and Zero Waste Life
Aug 23 • 31 min
Have you ever seen a cyclist biking through the city in the dead of winter when there’s snow on the ground and it’s freezing cold? If you’re from Ottawa, that might have been JP Torunski, an avid cyclist who also lives a zero waste lifestyle.
60. Amazon Soils & Biochar
Aug 11 • 51 min
Deep in the Amazon jungle, scientists have found soil called terra preta, thousands of years old, made from human waste that’s still fertile for growing crops today! Everything ancient civilizations used went into a midden heap after they were done with…
59. Worms! With Waste Not Farms
Aug 5 • 42 min
Jocelyn Moroneaux has a bachelors in business and a masters in applied environmental science and has used both to create Waste Not Farms, a closed loop company collecting food scraps from offices in Toronto. Jocelyn brings the food scraps back to her farm…
58. Eat The Dishes
Jul 29 • 36 min
Don’t Skip The Dishes… EAT The Dishes! Marissa Bergeron lives in Vancouver and creates vegan soups and hot chocolate in cups we can eat afterwards. These aren’t just any cups and bowls – soups are served in delicious bread cups people just can’t get…
57. ZW Saint Paul, MN
Jul 22 • 56 min
Do you want to help the environment but aren’t quite sure what to do? Have you thought about starting a Zero Waste Group in your local community? Kristina Mattson is a nurse, mom, wife, and co-founder of the group Zero Waste Saint Paul Minnesota and she’s…
56. Glowing Green Australia
Jul 10 • 67 min
Larissa Rose is the Director & Senior Environmental Consultant at Glowing Green Australia. She is a passionate advocate for environmental education, sustainability, renewable fuels, and environmental management across the country. Larissa has spent…
55. Bright Green Lies
Jul 7 • 30 min
Filmmaker Julia Barnes joins the ZWC for another episode to talk about her new upcoming film, Bright Green Lies. Her last film, Sea of Life, took Julia around the world to point out the mass extinctions currently happening in our oceans. In her new film,…
54. The Great Pivot
Jul 5 • 30 min
Justine Burt is the author of The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future and leads an environmental sustainability firm called Appraccel in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a climate optimist who focuses on implementing…
53. Brambles CHEP
Jul 3 • 30 min
This episode features Suzanne Lindsay Walker, Director of Sustainability North America at Brambles CHEP, a company that provides over 590 million pallets, crates and containers. The company specializes in the sharing and reuse of those containers, while…
52. World Wildlife Fund
Jun 26 • 33 min
From the World Wildlife Fund, Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President of Private Sector Engagement, Erin Simon Director of Sustainability R&D, and Linda Walker Director of Responsible Forestry and Trade sat down with Laura at the Sustainable Brands…
51. Procter & Gamble
Jun 20 • 27 min
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) serves consumers around the world with brands including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®,…
50. Bioengineering With Genomatica
Jun 14 • 33 min
Damien Perriman, Vice President, Specialty Products for Genomatica – a leader in bioengineering and naturally sourced ingredients – sat down with Laura at the Sustainable Brands ‘19 Detroit conference to talk about how fermenting sugars can replace fossil…
49. The Vinyl Institute
Jun 11 • 26 min
Ned Monroe, CEO of the Vinyl Institute, joins the ZWC to talk about how his organization helps recycle 1.1 billion pounds of vinyl annually in the US and Canada. They work within target areas from the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals,…
48. Sustainable Brands Detroit ‘19
Jun 10 • 33 min
The ZWC travelled (sustainably!) to Detroit for the 2019 Sustainable Brands conference and Laura had the opportunity to sit down with Dimitar Vlahov, the Director of Knowledge & Insights for Sustainable Brands. Sustainable Brands is the premier global…
47. Ocean Plastic & HP Inc.
Jun 5 • 27 min
Ellen Jackowski, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation for HP Inc, joins the Zero Waste Countdown at the Sustainable Brands Conference 2019 in Detroit to speak about her work in Haiti and HP’s recycling program. Find out how HP is solving…
46. Carbon Emissions Of Plastic
Jun 3 • 56 min
Sangwon Suh is a professor in industrial ecology at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has a PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and…
45. Beer - Toast Ale
May 24 • 30 min
Lawrence Speelman explains how their UK company is transforming unused fresh bread leftover from bakeries into Laura’s favorite beverage: beer!
44. Zero Waste South Dakota
May 13 • 31 min
Callee Ackland started the first zero waste shop in South Dakota, called Bestowed Essentials, and hosts her own podcast called Hippie Haven. She’s working on a book that will help others start their own zero waste companies.
43. Greenpeace
May 1 • 39 min
Laura speaks with Sarah King, Head of Greenpeace Canada’s Oceans & Plastics campaign, to learn more about their efforts fighting plastic. Greenpeace is proposing an Oceans Treaty to protect international waters - currently countries are only responsible…
42. Kombucha & Fermentation
Apr 15 • 32 min
Meet Alex Currie, from Pyramid Ferments - him and his wife Jenna Empey have created a fermentation company in Prince Edward County on the north shore of Lake Ontario, where they produce sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, gut shots, and different flavours of…
41. Millennial Minimalists
Mar 14 • 32 min
Meet Lauren and Kelly from Toronto - they live minimalist lifestyles and host the popular podcast Millennial Minimalists. Minimalism and zero waste go hand in hand - we’re all trying to live with less, and to live happier, healthier lives. While millions…
40. The GreenMum From Toronto Part Two
Mar 1 • 28 min
The conversation continues with Meera Jain, better known on Instagram as the GreenMum, as she discusses zero waste living in Toronto. Laura and Meera talk about shopping habits, accessibility issues, and returnable container programs.
39. The GreenMum from Toronto Part One
Feb 21 • 28 min
Meera Jain, better known as thegreenmum on Instagram, lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She focuses on reducing her carbon footprint, keeping herself and her family healthy, and living low waste. In part one of our conversation, Meera…
38. Bite Toothpaste Bits
Feb 6 • 32 min
Bite Toothpaste Bits started with two questions: Why does toothpaste come in plastic tubes and what exactly are we putting in our bodies when we brush our teeth? More than one billion toothpaste tubes end up in landfills every year, but Lindsay McCormick…
37. Cocktails At The Lark
Jan 23 • 31 min
Alex Bruce is a champion cocktail maker from Toronto who’s competed on the world stage. He wanted to serve healthier versions of the classics, with less sugar and less waste, so he opened The Lark restaurant with his wife Celine LePache, and serves…
36. Ross Beaty
Jan 10 • 29 min
Ross Beaty is a geologist and entrepreneur in the international minerals field. He currently Chairs Pan American Silver Corp., Equinox Gold Corp., and has founded and divested many other resource companies. He is also an environmental philanthropist,…
35. Rob Greenfield
Dec 23, 2018 • 34 min
Star of the television show Free Ride on the Discovery Channel, Rob Greenfield, joins the Countdown to talk about his journey from South America, his bike ride across the United States, his book Dude Making A Difference, and his philosophy on consumption.
34. ZW Christmas Part Two
Dec 13, 2018 • 30 min
Rachel Revoy joins the Countdown for her third episode as we talk about Christmas trees, Christmas travel, and even Christmas food. Warning: we talk a little bit about meat! Not that much though. We also talk about the commercial from Iceland that was…
33. Zero Waste Christmas Part One
Nov 28, 2018 • 32 min
Rachel Revoy from Quinte Waste Solutions joins us again to speak about her own personal countdown to zero waste from a holiday perspective! Join the countdown as we talk about zero waste and low waste options for Christmas this season, including…
32. Green Circle Salons
Nov 17, 2018 • 40 min
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…
31. Regeneration Magazine
Nov 7, 2018 • 27 min
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 Issue No.…
30. Food With Kristin Lawless
Oct 24, 2018 • 35 min
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, The…
29. Bea Johnson On Tour
Oct 16, 2018 • 34 min
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 her…
28. It’s Not You, It’s The System
Oct 9, 2018 • 41 min
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, and…
27. Zero Waste Daniel
Sep 25, 2018 • 31 min
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 too…
26. Swedish Stockings
Sep 10, 2018 • 30 min
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 nets.…
25. Elate Cosmetics
Aug 29, 2018 • 37 min
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 bamboo…
24. Food Sharing
Aug 15, 2018 • 28 min
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 915…
23. What’s In Plastic?
Jul 31, 2018 • 30 min
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 find…
22. Nu Grocery
Jul 18, 2018 • 30 min
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…
21. Zero Waste Periods
Jul 3, 2018 • 33 min
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…
20. Jo Kaminska Foundation
Jun 20, 2018 • 40 min
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 many years…
19. Plastics & Politics with Catherine McKenna
Jun 14, 2018 • 30 min
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 single…
18. Restaurants & Tech
Jun 6, 2018 • 30 min
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 seekers…
17. BPA In Our Diets
May 23, 2018 • 30 min
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 School.…
16. Zero Waste Flowers
May 8, 2018 • 42 min
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 beaches and…
15. Environmental Defence With Tim Gray
Apr 25, 2018 • 30 min
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%…
14. Sea of Life: Julia Barnes
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
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 to our…
13. Natural dyes: Sustain Clothing
Mar 27, 2018 • 30 min
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 and…
12. What Is TerraCycle?
Mar 14, 2018 • 29 min
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 Zero…
11. The Zero Footprint Baby
Feb 27, 2018 • 30 min
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…
10. Outgoing Compost
Feb 13, 2018 • 30 min
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 national…
9. Recycling With Quinte Waste Solutions
Jan 30, 2018 • 45 min
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…
8. Closed-Loop Rain Gear: Faire Child
Jan 5, 2018 • 25 min
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…
7. Cooking: Waste Less With MmmChef
Dec 18, 2017 • 31 min
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 their…
6. Removing Clothing From Landfill
Nov 29, 2017 • 33 min
Meet Kaveri: 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 and…
5. Hiking And Camping Zero Waste
Nov 16, 2017 • 31 min
Have you ever heard of the Pacific Crest Trail, spanning all the way from Mexico, through the western United States, all the way to Canada? Dariya and Dominic from Ottawa recently hiked the entire trail: and they’ve come back on a mission to reduce their…
4. Geothermal Energy
Nov 10, 2017 • 28 min
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 leading…
3. Microplastics In Marine Life
Nov 6, 2017 • 34 min
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…
2. Ski To Save The Planet
Oct 25, 2017 • 27 min
Join 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 preserve those…
1: What’s Wrong With Plastic?
Oct 18, 2017 • 14 min
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…