ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES FOR ZERO WASTE WEEK & CHALLENGE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED
In order to help mitigate risk of spread of the coronavirus, we will not be hosting any more planned activities for this rendition of the Zero Waste Week & Challenge. This includes our tabling events for zero waste kit pick-ups, workshops, clothing swap, and fair.
Feel free to still try the challenge next week but please prioritize your health and the health of others.
You are also welcome to sign-up now to try the challenge with us when we host activities again during Canada/Quebec Waste Reduction Week, 3rd week of October.
The Zero Waste Week and Challenge is a yearly, free event series and pledge dedicated to rethinking and innovating the way we approach waste. Come learn about upcycling, repurposing, composting, recycling, as well as the environmental and social implications of unsustainable waste management systems.
As an individual or as a group, you commit to taking a critical look at the waste you make in your everyday life and pledge to generate as little landfill waste as possible for a full week, including the weekend!
Collect and keep anything that belongs in the landfill (other than sanitary products) in a bag or container for the full 7 days. Compost organics, refuse single use plastics and do your best to find ways to reuse unavoidable items. Learn more at our FAQ section.
Our first 200 participants will receive our "Help Me Go Zero Waste" pins, made from reclaimed wood right here at Concordia University.
Zero Waste Kit Donation Drive
From February 17-28, Concordians donated their extra travel mugs, bottles, tupperware, reusable bags, etc. for participants in the Zero Waste Challenge to choose from as part of their Zero Waste Kits!
Zero Waste Kit Pick-ups
Did you sign up for the zero waste challenge and need a zero waste item to help you refuse unnecessary waste? This year we are offering participants the option to decide what they would like in their kit in order to cut down on items that won’t be used.
The following items will be available: coffee mug, water bottle, 1L mason jar, tupperware, utensil kit, tote bag, beeswax wrap, produce bag.
Leading up to the challenge week, we'll be offering a few workshops to help stock your zero waste kit. Join us to make your own beeswax wraps and produce bags. We'll also be organizing a clothing swap and a tabling fair.
Collection bins in the atriums of Hall, GM, EV, VA
Donate your extra travel mugs, bottles and tupperware! Bring them to a donation bin and they'll get a new life as part of a Zero Waste Kit, which will be offered to participants of our upcoming Zero Waste Challenge.
Beeswax wraps are great, zero waste, alternatives to use in place of saran wrap or aluminum foil, don’t miss this chance to help the larger Concordia community become more sustainable and get your own.
We will discuss how making small shifts in how you shop, prepare, and store food can help you save money and eat well. We’ll learn tips on how we can keep the valuable resources we use to produce and distribute food from going to waste.
Akira De Carlos, a certified nutritionist, will lead you through two dinner/lunch recipes and a sweet-tooth curbing dessert recipe that you can recreate at home. Shifting to more plant-based foods is essential to combating climate change.
Explore the culture and psychology of single-use. Break the stigma on reusing. Learn how to make the best choices for difficult but common situations you'll encounter and about the hierarchy of plastics and enter a raffle to win a zero waste kit!
Zero Waste Fair
See what the Concordia Community has been up to when it comes to environmentalism and learn ways to get involved on campus. Explore our "zero waste at home" table and enter a raffle to win sample items! There will be food, music, and a raffle for a zero waste kit prize for those who complete our quiz on zero waste.
Come to pick up some new items at the end of the week! Clothing swaps are a great alternative to fast fashion and we invite everyone to participate!
Your "zero waste bin" can be a large jar, a ziploc bag, a large tupperware, or anything big enough to hold your waste and be sealed. Remember to wash items before storing them! We recommend something light, like a ziplock or plastic bag, to collect items you generate on the go, and any sealing container or bag to keep items at home. Concordia staff can use their mini bins!
Since these items may have traces of pathogens on them, we recommend you snap a photo of them and discard them. Try bringing a tupperware to your local grocer or butcher - they can weigh your container before and then charge you the difference!
Consider asking your family to sign up as a group for the challenge. Spend some time as a group investigating the items you throw away leading up to the week and how you can eliminate these or substitute reusable alternatives. If you can't convince your family to try the challenge, try your best to cut down on the group waste that you have control over but, as always, work within your limits.
Use the week before the challenge as a warm-up! Try your best to cut down on waste even though the challenge hasn't officially started. If you are doing major groceries prior to the challenge and produce waste, please keep it aside and count it.
We've all read that recyclables are often shipped abroad and that much of that is refused and eventually landfilled, or worse, ending up as pollution. The recycling industry is in a bad place but not all recyclables have the same risk of ending up as trash. Aluminum and tin are valuable commodities that don't get "down-cycled". Paper and cardboard are easily recycled and despite their market value having dropped, they still get recycled. Some plastics (1,2,3, and 5) have a better chance of being recycled than others. Check out this handy chart to learn more. For the more experienced taking the challenge, we recommend trying a "limited-plastics" version of the challenge based on the above info.