confused about bioplastics? | EP 7 | podcast

July 18, 2019

We often hear the terms 'bioplastic' or 'biodegradable' which are confusing. 'Bio' usually means biology, so something that breaks down biologically. Right? The market place has a tendency to market eco friendly trends to the public expecting the mass majority to not take time to look at what the terms ...


what is compostable packaging?

July 16, 2019

There are a variety of terms out there about packaging. Biodegradable, compostable, are terms we typically used to describe how the packaging can be broken down and reused. What does the packaging need to be made out of in order for that to be possible? What do these terms define? ...


the game changer | EP 2 | podcast

June 26, 2019

"Zero Waste is radical. It changes everything. In this episode, you'll learn more about how cities, policymakers, businesses and private citizens can help change the game and create a zero waste society - way sooner than you think. We take a look at Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), why so many ...


waste management for dummies | EP 1 | podcast

June 26, 2019

"To truly understand the concept of zero waste, it's essential that we dig into the current state of waste and waste management. In this, the first episode of Love Zero Waste, you'll learn more about why the amount of waste is increasing every year, what happens with your waste after ...


bioplastics | podcast

June 26, 2019

"Plastics have changed the world in good and bad ways. Could bioplastics give us the benefits of plastic without the nasty downsides? We explore the future of plastic." -from FW thinking podcast What exactly are bioplastics, and what are they made up of? How are these bioplastics better than other ...


creating a bioplastic company with BE O bottle | EP 042 | podcast

June 26, 2019

Bits v Bytes interviews Damir Perkic the creator of the company BE O Bottle . Damir created a bottle that is created out of bioplastics, specifically residue from sugarcane. His bottle product is fully recyclable and has less harmful effects to our environment and oceans. Damir jumped from job to ...


how plasma waste converters work | podcast

June 26, 2019

"There is a way to not only sustainably get rid of our household waste, but also produce enough energy from it to power the process and even create electricity for the grid. The future is here!" -from stuff you should know So, what is a plasma waste converter? A plasma waste ...


these bacteria eat plastic | morgan vague | TEDtalks

June 26, 2019

" how did we wind up with so much plastic waste?'s cheap, it's durable, it's adaptable and it's everywhere..." - MORGAN VAGUE, TED talks Morgan Vague took a look at bacteria and plastic numbers, which seemingly are almost comparable at this point. After deciding to conduct some research she wondered ...


microplastics: the final straw? | podcast

June 25, 2019

Ahh, straws.  Everyone has heard about straws and the issue it has caused turtles, the oceans, and more?  Many of us have seen the photo of the turtle whose nose had a straw deeply embedded, and marine biologists pulling the straw out.  In this episode the host takes a look at some very real marine animals that are trapped with plastics around various body parts.  Her reaction is real to the problem.  What about when plastics begin to break down and become microplastics?  In this podcast the host talks to some scientists who are beginning to dig deeper into what microplastics are, how quickly they are breaking down, how they are breaking down in the relationship to the sun.


why buying plastic-free groceries is so hard (marketplace) | CBC news | video short

June 21, 2019

So many families of various incomes hit the challenge of avoiding plastic in the market place, but why? In a social experiment CBC looks at two families, their shopping habits and the places that they shop. But what are the alternatives to plastics? Are the solutions that simple if your ...


10 ways to reduce waste, zero waste for beginners | video short

June 21, 2019

"Have you heard of the zero waste lifestyle? Today's video is a beginner's guide to zero waste: 10 tips for reducing waste!" -Aileen Xu We all seem to have an understanding to not use plastic bags, or to bring your own bag to the store, but what about the other ...


these scientists want you to rethink how you use plastic! | 5Gyres | video short

June 21, 2019

"...we all got together here today on this boat to look at the distribution of plastics. Microplastics, nanoplastics, in the San Fransisco Bay. Trying to figure out how much is there and where is it coming from..." -Marcus Ericksen Everyone is aware of large plastic pollution, often you pick it ...


plastics 101 | national geographic | video short

June 21, 2019

What exactly are plastics and where did they come from? We commonly have heard polymers are plastics, but what is the molecular compound? How exactly are plastics created, and made? What fuel is used to create plastics? We all have plastics within our lives, and often they are overlooked on ...


plastics, the environment and you | ramani narayan | TEDxMSU talk

June 21, 2019

Let's talk about plastics, the environment, and our daily behaviors. But when we are finished using a plastic product where do they end up going? How many of the plastics that we purchase have the opportunity to become something after, to be recycled? How many countries have mismanaged waste behaviors, ...


why i live a zero waste life | lauren singer | TEDxTeen talk

June 19, 2019

What does it mean to live a "zero waste life" exactly? Going day to day do we truthfully realize how wasteful we are? Just think about grabbing a piece of gum, the wrapper around the piece to protect it from contamination, then chewing this gum, what do you do when ...


turning milk, potatoes and sugar into plastics | HTME | video short

June 15, 2019

What are plastics made out of? Can plastics be created from renewable products? What about creating bioplastics from cows milk? In this video created by How To Make Everything they take a few different food based items to create polymers.


plastic pollution: costing the earth | podcast

June 14, 2019

Plastic pollution, we all know about it, but do we truly understand the consequences that are happening? What is really going on in the ocean? What research is happening? In this podcast they take these questions to the Gulf of Mexico, conducting research. What they are seeing is the plastic ...


sustainable apparel with jeff denby: the renewal workshop | EP 18 | podcast

June 14, 2019

How large is the fashion and apparel industry? How as a consumer can we be better? How large is this impact is by the fashion industry on the environment? Do you yourself realize your impact by purchasing? The average American can spend up to $1000 a year on purchasing clothes. ...


sustainability through a circular economy | maayke damen | TED talks

June 13, 2019

"...each year we throw 2 trillion worth of materials away..." -Maayke Damen Maayke Damen begins her talk with the day her inspiration of circular economy and materials began, with her coffee maker breaking. She discusses how many materials go into a single production of a single product, that it is ...


the circular economy: from consumer to user | video short

June 13, 2019

"'s all about access..." from the video the circular economy: from consumer to user, that explains how a circular economy can create a world of opportunity for businesses and companies of all kinds. " With the price of resources and energy becoming increasingly volatile, can today's linear economy work in ...


how do we get the circular economy turning | martijn lopes cardozo | TED talks

June 13, 2019

“That if you work on something you really care about you don’t have to push yourself, the vision pulls you” -Martijn Lopes Cardozo Martijn Lopes Cardozo is the founder of the company, Black Bear Carbon Black based in Nederweert, Netherlands. The company's mission is, " upcycle all waste tires and ...


to eliminate waste we must rediscover thrift | andrew dent | TED talks

June 6, 2019

"There's no such thing as throwing something away..." -Andrew Dent When you throw something away there is no getting that thing back, it ends up in a landfill, incinerator, or perhaps another country to be disposed. Andrew talks about his grandmother's string jar, how it held string from various places ...


upcycling | video short

June 6, 2019

In this video short, Arthur Huang explains what upcycling means, and discusses how in the last 100 years we have forgotten how to utilize materials past their first life. How and what materials were used then reused in history? Take a simple water bottle for example, the cap and the ...


circular economy with jennifer gerholdt & angela nahikian | EP 22 | podcast

June 6, 2019

In this 54:11 minute podcast you will further your understanding of 'circular economy' and what that actually means. "... it's this little business opportunity that could generate $4.5 trillion (that's with a "t") of additional economic output by 2030. The circular economy is about designing out waste--using fewer inputs on ...


plastics with andrew almack & monique oxender | EP 24 | podcast

June 6, 2019

"The term “plastic” is derived from the Greek word ''plastikos,' which means to mold or form. It refers to the material’s malleability, that allows it to be cast, pressed, or extruded into a variety of shapes - boxes, plates, bottles, and much more (2). Plastics are polymers." In this 54:31 ...


marketing sustainability | EP 28 | podcast

June 6, 2019

Often in the world of sustainability, environmentally friendly products, science and businesses we hit a wall with human behavior. The audience that we are targeting for our product or innovation is our challenge in this realm because our audience is everyone. So, how do you convince 'everyone' to shift their ...


a super-strong plastic that reverts to dust | jeannette garcia | TED talks

June 6, 2019

"I love plastic, and I know what you are thinking, I must be crazy..." In this 7:56 minute TEDTalk Jeannette talks about the problem in recyclable plastics and explains polymers in more detail. "Dr. Jeannette Garcia designs new polymers through sustainable methods, with potential usage as structural composites, cargo carriers, ...


a smog vacuum cleaner & other magical city designs | daan roosegaarde | TED talks

June 6, 2019

Daan Roosegaarde is an artist, scientist and innovator using technology creatively to make environmental changes. In this video he explains how his new innovations work, his successes, and the challenges with his designs. Experiences connected to visions of what is possible with electricity, smog in Beijing, and human behavior with ...


re-thinking progress: the circular economy | video short

June 4, 2019

What is a circular economy? Is it as simple as reduce-reuse-recycle? There are thousands of tiny details, components, stakeholders, companies, and behavior that plays into making a circular economy work properly. This 3:48 minute video provides a short, and to the point educational understanding of exactly what a circular economy ...


five waste free communities around the world | video shorts

May 31, 2019

To make the world waste free, we must first start with ourselves, our neighborhoods, villages, cities and countries. Here is a sampler of communities that are going waste free.


biodegradable products with susanna carson | EP 34 | podcast

May 27, 2019

There are all kinds of claims out there about compostability, bio-based packaging, and biodegradability. In this episode, we clarify all those terms, explain why they're important, and discuss the latest trends in biodegradable products. We then bring on our expert guest with Susanna Carson, someone who once who once wore ...


university sustainability with penn state university | EP 40 | podcast

May 27, 2019

Grab your notebook and no. 2 pencil... we're going back to school! Through their operations, research, and course offerings, universities have a large carbon footprint and play a major role in advancing sustainability. Join us as we dive into the naunces of sustainability on college campuses, including a special focus ...


how to reduce takeout trash | video short

May 27, 2019

Short video format produced by the university of California in partnership with Vox. Our single-use items aren't helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Dr. M. Sanjayan illustrates the concept on this video, he is a Host on Climate Lab|Vox short videos, ...

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