Have you ever thought that the volume of your household waste output, both garbage and recycling, is overwhelming at times?
Have you wondered how to have a more sustainable and healthier home with little to no waste?
We are excited to offer you an opportunity to learn how to reduce the waste generated in your household and find ways to live well while simplifying your life and cutting down on packaging and plastics. After all, energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to most everything we use and dispose of, from growing and harvesting natural resources, to manufacturing, packaging and shipping. Waste reduction means less wasted energy, so it’s part of the repertoire of climate solutions that we promote.
The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association hosts a series of four zero-waste workshops led by Haley Feller and Sarah Fridriksson. Both Haley and Sarah are passionate about their zero-waste lifestyle and want to share with you some tips on simple and cost-efficient strategies and items that we can all employ to reduce waste in our daily lives.
Haley loves to “inspire change without taking herself too seriously.” After becoming vegan, she fell down the rabbit hole into all things low-waste and developed a passion for sustainability and regeneration in all forms. Although she works at TRU, she makes zero-waste supplies and blogs at Ahem Waste Free, as well as volunteering with the Gleaning Abundance Project and the forthcoming Skip the Straw Kamloops Campaign.
Sarah has had her own cleaning business for 30 years. After becoming concerned about toxins in household cleaning products, she started making natural cleaning products to use at work and at home. She also owns Flowers from Sarah’s Garden, offering sustainable florist services with fresh seasonal flowers from her pesticide- and herbicide-free Kamloops garden. Sarah has a passion for teaching others simple steps to reduce waste and she makes it accessible and fun.
Why does it matter that we reduce our waste?
- There is no ‘throwing things away.’ Garbage ends up in landfill, much of it contaminating soil and disrupting natural ecosystems.
- Almost everything we dispose of is produced using fresh water, natural resources and fossil fuels. By reducing waste, we are generating a smaller ecological footprint.
- Living in a consumeristic, throw-away society means we rely on excess packaging which often leave us feeling overwhelmed. Gradually reducing waste and consuming less is empowering.
- You can inspire others to follow your example by sharing these ideas with your friends so that everyone can contribute as much as possible to a cleaner, healthier environment.
- Some plastics used in food packaging and cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals. They can affect our skin, lungs and endocrine system. Using fewer of them is a step towards better health.
You can register for individual sessions at $10 each, or choose the package deal of all four workshops for $30. These are all small-group sessions of no more than 15 people. A take-home item that you make at the end of each session will help inspire you further on your zero-waste journey. Materials are included in the registration price.
Location for all workshops is Thompson Rivers University, Science Building, Room 375 (S 375)
Registration is required. Register here
- Simple Swaps, Tuesday October 2, 7-8:30 pm. Cost $10. Easy, inexpensive (if not free) swaps to incorporate into your daily routine. You’ll save money and time!
- Rethinking Trash, Tuesday October 9, 7-8:30 pm. Cost $10. Although we say “I threw it away”, there is truly no such thing as “away.” Special guest Russell Chambers of Jora Canada will introduce the group to the basics of composting. You’ll also learn about reducing your food waste and different ways to redirect and reuse. Find out why recycling properly is important and easier than you think!
- Green Cleaning, Tuesday October 16, 7-8:30 pm. Cost $10. Would you like to save money and reduce skin irritation? Are you interested in making items that are safe for your family and pets too? Green cleaning is easy and just as effective, or more, than commercial cleaners. Learn some new tricks and walk away with an all-purpose cleaner to get you started. Participants are asked to bring an empty spray bottle.
- Zero Waste Shopping, Tuesday October 23, 7-8:30 pm. Cost $10. Leave the plastic on the shelf! Have you ever noticed that approximately half of your trash and recycling is plastic? We will show you simple ways to reduce your packaging consumption and learn what to buy in bulk to save the planet and your wallet.
- Or, Package deal of all four workshops. Cost $30.