Zero Waste Reusables Project

$900 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 3 months
The Zero Waste Station aims to help stop waste created from single-use items! 

I started this program recently with full participation from the organizers of Withrow Park Farmers’ Market. We lend out reusable dishes & cutlery to anyone staying at the market to eat. In 15 weeks we will have stopped 2500 single-use items from going to the landfill. Most of these items are only with the customer for 2 minutes before they get thrown into the garbage. Which is completely bonkers if you think about it!! 

Incredibly this project has gained interest from others, I've been interviewed by Toronto-Danforth's MP Julie Dabrusin, for CBC Radio-Canada (link to article), and later in September I'm bringing the reusables to a Blue Dot event (David Suzuki Foundation).

It's been successful so far, however, there are more and more people asking for reusables than I have inventory, so I need to expand. Here's how your donation will help:

- Purchasing plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery*
- Replacing damaged items
- Adding other reusable items i.e. take out containers and cloth napkins
- Purchasing a tent and table
- Washing and sanitizing 
- Weekly transportation
- Storage of inventory in the off-season
*I purchase from thrift stores (75% of total inventory) and in-kind donations (25%) as a way to give a longer life to items already in the system. 

I’ve dedicated myself to this amazing project, which is diverting waste from the park every week, because it’s the right approach. Reusables are the best overall path to reducing our landfill use. Much of take-out packaging offered today is coated in plastic making it garbage according to my City’s waste collection guidelines. Biodegradable plastic is garbage. Bamboo cutlery is garbage. Compostable cutlery is garbage. Plastic, but not black, that is cleaned first can go into the blue bin. Black plastic is garbage. 

Please support this program and its continued growth. Any amount will help, whether it's $20 or $200! I know its success will inspire other markets to start their own green initiatives. 

Reuse is the only real way to stop garbage from hitting our landfills!! We've got to show this planet some more LOVE! 

A bit about me: I’m a long time Toronto resident, and this year I set out to change my habits to live a more waste free lifestyle. I'm constantly learning from the wise people I meet who've been at this for much longer. I'm an active member of Zero Waste Toronto's online FB group, a volunteer for Live Green Toronto, and a newly elected member of the board which oversees Withrow's farmers' market. Managing and operating the Zero Waste Station every week means I get to put into action my project management skills. I enjoy working on projects, both personal and professionally, and introducing a reusables program at the farmers Market is a project I feel extremely passionate about. 

Instagram acct: @learningtolivewastefree
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Raised by 25 people in 3 months
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