Day 3

Zero Waste

SPONSORED BY KLEAN KANTEEN

OVERVIEW

“The benefits of living a zero waste lifestyle far outweigh any of the negatives that you could imagine. I save money because I’m not paying for the embedded costs of packaging, I shop secondhand, and I only buy what I need. I eat better because I don’t have the option to buy processed foods package-free, so instead I eat fresh fruits and vegetables and bulk nuts and grains. And when you eat better, you feel better. My weight has stabilized, I have more energy, and I need less sleep. I’m happier because for the first time in my life, I’m living in direct alignment with my values.”
~ Lauren Singer (Trash is for Tossers)

You have 48 hours to complete today’s challenge. Ends October 5 at 5:59am Pacific Time.

We want to talk about a serious global challenge – WASTE. Take a moment to think about your week what you eat, what you toss, how its packaged, and the impact. How many times did you touch plastic? Did you throw away cups, lids, or straws? What were they made of? When you ate, did you throw away any containers or wrappers? How many paper towels or napkins did you use? What about the food you didn’t finish? Where did that go? How many paper towels did you use?

The average person produces about 1.95 kg or 4.3 pounds of waste a day. Collectively, the United States produces 250 million tons of waste annually – a quantity that could cover Texas, TWICE! According to the World Bank, at current rates of consumption and waste production, the global population will produce three times as much waste by 2100. Where will our trash go? What will our planet look like?

Bottom line – We create A LOT of waste. From food and fashion to electronics and more, waste is a negative byproduct of our daily lives, but it doesn’t have to be! By switching to reusable alternatives for cups, utensils, containers, towels, water bottles, coffee cups, and more, we can lessen our impact on the planet by minimizing landfill space. By taking only what we can eat, we divest from food waste. And the solutions are simple. Companies like Klean Kanteen and U-Konserve offer great stainless steel options to help kick start your transition to a ZERO WASTE lifestyle!

Okay, we know you may think that aiming for a zero waste lifestyle is hard and probably more expensive, but we are here to tell you that it’s actually easier and cheaper!

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. All of these words have been ingrained in your thinking since you were young. We’re throwing a couple more important terms into the mix for you to consider as you bring these concepts to every day life, because it’s really important stuff!

RETHINK. Think hard about what you can do differently to cut down on waste. Today’s non-profit partner, 5Gyres, shares simple but illuminating information about reducing plastic pollution through exploration, education, and action.

REFUSE. Refuse all single-use items and disposables that you can live without and ask your school to do the same.

ROT. Make it your business to keep food waste and other biodegradable materials out of landfills, by creating rich compost to feed any nearby plants. And encourage your schools to start a composting system on campus.

For more specific ideas and tips, check out Lauren Singer’s blog Trash is for Tossers and Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home

 

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

 

THINK

Annie Leonard says, “There’s no such thing as ‘away.’ When we throw something away, it must go somewhere.” Does this quote inspire you to think about the lifecycle of a single-use product? How goods are created, how they end up in your hands, and how you discard of them all have serious implications for the health of people and the planet. Though our waste may seem long gone, the truth is, every piece of plastic ever created still exists in one form or another today.

CHALLENGE

  • Watch Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff video
  • Share three facts from this video that left an impression (What resonated with you? How can you apply the lessons of this video to your own life?)
  • Share three changes that you will make in your daily life prompted by this video
  • Share the link to the Story of Stuff video to a social media platform of your choice. Caption it with your brief reflection and why you think people should watch it. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook (@TurningGreen) or Instagram/Twitter (tag @TurningGreenOrg) and use #PGC2016.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with your responses. Include a screenshot or photo of your social media post. Please include your name (or team name), username, email, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Do not include # signs or spaces in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc or upload a group of docs as a zip file
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016. 

 

The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

 

THINK

Waste is a giant part of consumer culture. We buy, we use, we toss. Since landfills are hidden from view, it’s easy to overlook just how much waste we produce and how it negatively impacts our shared planet. Check out this visual of consumerism in the U.S. to see how mindless consumption can add up.

CHALLENGE

Do you ever wonder how much waste you actually produce? Well, you’re about to find out.

    • For 24 hours, take a bag everywhere you go and collect everything that you would otherwise throw away. Don’t hide it! Carry your bag of waste proudly and welcome conversations with classmates and community members.
    • At the end of 24 hours, take a photo of everything you collect.
    • Separate the waste into recyclables, non-recyclables, and food waste. Take a photo of the separated waste.
    • Brainstorm reusable options for each of your non-recyclable/non-compostable items.
    • Share three quotes from people you interacted with during the day and their reactions to your 24 hour zero waste journey.
    • Tell us what specific zero waste options you will put to use starting tomorrow and why.
    • Post a picture of your trash on Instagram captioned with a fact and one of the quotes you collected throughout your day. Tag @TurningGreenOrg and include the hashtag #PGC2016

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with your photos and responses. Include a screenshot of your social media post. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

    • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
    • Do not include # signs or spaces in filenames.
    • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc or upload a group of docs as a zip file.
    • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB.
    • Link images if possible.
    • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
    • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
    • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
    • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016. 

 

The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

 

THINK

Now that you’ve started to shift your own habits, you have the ability and the responsibility to inspire others to do the same. Take what you’ve learned and use your voice, your creative writing skills along with your passion to ignite a zero waste movement by example.

CHALLENGE

When aiming for a zero waste daily routine, starting with a reusable water bottle and reusable bag is a great first step, but let’s dig deeper.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document of your blog post. Be sure to include hyperlinks to facts and pictures! Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Do not include # signs or spaces in filenames.
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc or upload a group of docs as a zip file.
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB.
  • Link images if possible.
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016. 

 

 

The deadline for entering this challenge has past.