Low Waste Living Event Series

If you’re ready to learn and take action on living a lower waste lifestyle, we’re here for you!  With the help of a $10,000 grant from Hennepin County, we’re bringing in experts and equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to reduce your packaging and food waste.

Approximately 30 percent of annual US waste is plastic and other packaging waste. 
Of the 34.5 million tons of plastic waste generated each year, only 9 percent is recycled, with most being shipped to other countries.
The average American family wastes $1,500 worth of food each year.
53 million tons of food is sent to landfills each year.

This fall, we’re focused on packaging waste with virtual events talking about the problems with plastic, how to reduce your packaging waste, how to shop in bulk, and how to advocate for systems level change. In winter and spring, we’ll turn to reducing food waste with events focused on food waste reduction strategies, sustainable kitchen and cooking practices, and organics recycling. 

Each event will be paired with a giveaway of tools that will help you reduce your waste including: unpaper towels, reusable storage containers and produce bags, compost bins and bags, and gift cards to bulk shopping stores. Plus, if you attend two or more events, you’ll be entered into our raffle for two $50 gift cards!

Make Your Commitment

We’re asking people to make a commitment to reduce waste by completing our online form and then reporting on progress. Sometimes we all need a little accountability! This also helps us track our impact for grant funding. Better yet, you’ll be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards! Make your commitment here.

Upcoming Events:

Plastic Wars Film Screening and Discussion, October 4, 7:00pm

You’re invited to learn more about the problems with plastic waste and potential solutions as part of our virtual film screening and panel discussion on October 4 at 7:00pm. Attendees will be invited to watch the documentary Plastic Wars on their own time and then join speakers Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis and Andrea Siegel, Hennepin County Master Recycler Composter, for a discussion of the film and the challenges with plastics. Twenty attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a set of unpaper towels! Register to attend here.

Overcoming the Challenges of Packaging Waste, November TBD

Why is food and product packaging so confusing and why is there so much of it? This session is for anyone wanting to learn how to reduce packaging waste when shopping. Experts will share their tips on how to shop for conscientiously packaged consumables like groceries, beauty products, takeout food, and more. We will also learn about why product packaging is so confusing, why creating packaging standards is so challenging, and how we can advocate for change. Speakers and date to be announced soon. Twenty attendees will be entered into a raffle to win quality reusable storage containers. Register to attend here.

Transitioning to a Zero Waste Lifestyle: Bulk Shopping, December 1 7:00pm

This virtual session will feature Amber Haukedahl, from Tare Market, who will provide an overview of how you can begin living a zero waste lifestyle. She will share her tools, resources, and more, plus provide an overview of how to shop in bulk. Twenty attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a $20 gift card to Tare Market. Register to attend here.

Please note that pick up of giveaways will be located in Tangletown, Minneapolis MN 55419. Delivery of giveaways is not possible.