Wishful Recycling

Wishful Recycling

I imagine most of us at some point in our Toward Zero Waste journey have ended up standing in front of the waste bins wondering if what we have in our hands is truly recyclable–I mean it has a recycling symbol on it so it has to be right?!? From clamshell containers...
Five Cheese Sandwiches

Five Cheese Sandwiches

By Mark Peterson During the first week of our fledgling Food Recovery Initiative I couldn’t help but wonder if we had taken on a task that was too tall; something out of our comfort zone; a noble endeavor, but one that may not be as feasible as we had hoped. After a...
Busting Waste With Beers!

Busting Waste With Beers!

  In the beginning, a massive beer party seemed like a daunting task, and I had my doubts about how we could make the Toward Zero Waste effort a successful one. Events themselves pose additional challenges and each event has its own intricacies that complicate...
30,000 Pounds of Food and 12,000 Meals

30,000 Pounds of Food and 12,000 Meals

  Working as a waste reduction professional I am often flummoxed, not only by the quantity of what we send to our landfills, but also by the value of the things we throw away and often thoughtlessly. I have mentioned in this space before that part of the reason...
Sustainability, Business and Community

Sustainability, Business and Community

  Mark your calendars now! The second Annual Smart Business Summit is scheduled for March 28, 2019. You may be saying to yourself, “Wow that is a long ways out. I haven’t even finished planning next month!” Yes, I know it seems so far off, but I just could not...
Serendipity As A Catalyst

Serendipity As A Catalyst

  This past summer Sustainable Connections hosted a workshop to educate restaurants and food-based businesses about ways they can reduce the amount of wasted food in their operations. One of the biggest myths we are working to overcome is that everything is hunky...