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.
31. Regeneration Magazine
Nov 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 Marathe: 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
Dariya and Dominic are avid adventure seekers with degrees in Environmental Science and an unstoppable passion for conscious living. From city day walks to weekend warrior hikes to 6 months trekking the Pacific Crest Trail, they have refined their gear…
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
We speak with 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 preseve…
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…