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July 13, 2020
Sofia has a discussion with the mother of the zero waste movement Bea Johnson. Fans all over the world have taken on her challenge of fitting a year's worth trash into one mason jar. They talk about guilty pleasures, how to travel zero waste and what makes up the zero waste state of mind.
March 25, 2020
This episode was recorded on Feb 6, 2020, as part of a live panel discussion with Shopify to help merchants to find some zero waste hacks around their shipping and packaging needs. Laster year, it was projected that there would be 2.05 billion global digital buyers. But that was before the pandemic of covid 19 was announced. With the world being asked to self-quarantine and practice social distancing, we will have to see how this affects eCommerce companyies. Our producer and co-host Michelle recorded a special intro as the release of this episode comes at precarious times. Our panel included a shipping industry professional, a waste industry expert, a plastic warrior, and a merchant who applies an eco-friendly approach to their eCommerce store. Sustainability Consultant, Sofia Ratcovich of Zero Waste Co., will lead a conversation around the topics of the circular economy, opt-in/opt-out shipping possibilities, what is recyclable and how merchants can adopt a more zero-waste approach. We wish all of our listeners some silver linings in the different and precarious times. The Merchant's Q&A can be gifted to our Patreon backers. You can access this portion of the panel at any level of support. Thank you For more information on this Episode's topic visit our blog at www.zerowastelifehacks.com Thank you Shopify for hosting this event If you would like a Zero Wast consultation or want to make your next event zero waste, reach out to our host Sofia via her company www.zerowasteco.com
January 9, 2020
Did you know that it is estimated that 400 million toothpaste tubes are discarded every year in the United States only? On the global level, that number rises to 1.5 billion discarded toothpaste tubes. AND about one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the United States, creating 50 million pounds of waste annually.
November 22, 2019
In this episode, themed around the plastic bag problem, Sofia interviews the founder of Chico Bags Andy Keller. Keller has become an outspoken opponent of plastic bags, creating a character called the “Bag Monster” from 500 plastic bags, the number each American uses annually. He uses this to raise awareness about the environmental impact of disposable bags. In January 2011, his company was sued by three leading plastic-bag manufacturers accusing it of causing “irreparable harm” to their business by defaming their product. Though we can not talk about that on the podcast Andy can talk facts and hacks around plastic bags. Topics discussed include how the system of recycling is broken, how it is cheaper to throw it in the landfill, benefit corporation, extended producer responsibility, take-back programs, using our dollars as votes, market-based solution, closing the loop on plastic, how50% of the plastic that you get you don't even need or want, producer responsibility on the end of life of their product and how we need to redesign the way we carry groceries home. Thank you, Andy, for being an inspiration and founding a company we can be happy putting our dollars into. For more information on this episode's topic visit our blog at www.zerowastelifehacks.com Thank you to our sponsors Chico Bags, Etee & Haute Mobile Disco Thank you to HAUTE MOBILE DISCO for curating this Episode's playlist and our theme music. To hear the music featured on this episode, and others, visit the music blog on www.hautemobiledisco.com and click the music tag ZERO WASTE LIFE HACKER. If you would like a Zero Wast consultation or want to make your next event zero waste, reach out to our host Sofia via her company www.zerowasteco.com
November 7, 2019
The straw. It once represented warm and fuzzy feelings because it was a part of so many memories. Getting a soda at the movies, milkshakes at the 50’s diner, grandpa’s homemade root beer floats or teenage meetups at the local fast-food restaurant. Then the silly straws or that hat that would hold the soda cans with a long straw to drink from it. It’s crazy to think that all of those straws exist somewhere still in the planet.The straw no longer represents happy warm, fuzzy, feelings. Ever since the video of the turtle surfaced kids and adults everywhere are more conscientious of the impact this product is making in environments it doesn’t belong.We are here to help with a little lite and simple hacks around the straw. Sofia and Michelle talk STRAWS with Buzzfeed content curator Auri Jackson. From how we began using the straw to how many get used a day, this uplifting discussed will help any listener with simple tips on how to “stop sucking”. For more information on this episode's topic visit our blog at www.zerowastelifehacks.com Thank you to our sponsors Chico Bags, Etee & Haute Mobile Disco Thank you to HAUTE MOBILE DISCO for curating this Episode's playlist and our theme music. To hear the music featured on this episode, and others, visit the music blog on www.hautemobiledisco.com and click the music tag ZERO WASTE LIFE HACKER. If you would like a Zero Wast consultation or want to make your next event zero waste, reach out to our host Sofia via her company www.zerowasteco.com
November 7, 2019
A very informative discussion with Plastic Pollution Coalition founder Dianna Cohen. Three California girls talk about how walking and swimming the local beaches have inspired them to take action on a big problem. In this episode’s topic of “THE CUP” Sofia and Michelle are joined by special guest Dianna Cohen ( Plastic Pollution Coalition ) and discuss hacks and facts around our relationship with cups as well as how plastic pollution affects lower-income communities, petroleum, ethylene, fracking,  plasticize, biphenyls, phthalates, impacts on human health, compressed polystyrene, neurotoxins, brand audit data, polymer chain, how using a  non plastic reusable cup is better for health and may save you money, and what's in Dianna's bag.  Hey, Get that china or fancy set out and use it.  PS we recycle less than 9% of our trash and that percentage is dropping.  We hope this episode helps you to rethink your relationship with your cups. For more information on this episode's topic visit our blog at www.zerowastelifehacks.com Thank you to our sponsors Chico Bags, Etee & Haute Mobile Disco Thank you to HAUTE MOBILE DISCO for curating this Episode's playlist and our theme music. To hear the music featured on this episode, and others, visit the music blog on www.hautemobiledisco.com and click the music tag ZERO WASTE LIFE HACKER. If you would like a Zero Wast consultation or want to make your next event zero waste, reach out to our host Sofia via her company www.zerowasteco.com
November 7, 2019
In Episode 3 we talk about our relationships with water, the most important substance in our bodies and on our planet. We get into some facts around the plastic water bottles and how simple and economical it can be to get in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle with you while simply saying no to single-use.
November 6, 2019
Have you ever wondered what the recycling symbol means?  What do the different numbers represent?  Which ones can you actually recycle?  On this episode, Sofia and co-host Michelle sit down with special guest Jessica Aldridge (ADVENTURES IN WASTE) to explore recycling by numbers and help to answer some of the questions around plastics. Thank you to HAUTE MOBILE DISCO for curating this Episode's playlist and out theme music. To hear the music featured on this episode, and others, visit the music blog on www.hautemobiledisco.com and click the music tag ZERO WASTE LIFE HACKER. If you would like a Zero Wast consultation or want to make your next event zero waste, reach out to our host Sofia via her company www.zerowasteco.com
November 6, 2019
In the first-ever episode, meet your host, Zero Waste Co. founder & zero waste consultant, Sofia Ratcovich, and co-host, DJ & zero waste novice, Michelle Kath Sinclair (DJ Lady Sinclair), as they introduce the concept behind this podcast and it's sustainable life hacks.
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