What’s above me is a couple of pear trees. What’s surrounding me is hundreds of pears going to waste on the sidewalk. So today, I’m going to show you how to clean up your community, feed some people in need, and have yourself a tasty treat all at the same time.
Welcome to the world’s first “recycle mall,” located in Sweden, Almost everything sold here is repurposed or upcycled, and anything else sold in the mall must be environmentally ethical. It’s located right next to a recycling facility so people can easily drop off stuff they don’t want anymore, rather than it being wasted. The staff then repairs and refurbishes the items as needed.
“Food Not Bombs” is spreading across the world! Starting in Cambridge, Massachusetts 37 years ago, they are now in 500 cities in the USA and 60 countries worldwide. To combat hunger, homelessness, and poverty, they rescue food that is going to waste and provide free meals to feed the hungry. Local stores, food banks, and farmers markets donate fresh ingredients, which a team of volunteers cook and serve.
Welcome to Tournevie, the affordable and ecological tool library in Brussels, Belgium. It operates just like a library, but instead of checking out books, you check out tools.
Our fruits and vegetables are being wasted, and you are paying extra for it! The crooked carrot, the curvy cucumber, the under-size apple. Billions of pounds of fruits and veggies are wasted, often for being the “wrong” shape, color, or size.
40% of all food in the USA and Canada is wasted, largely due to cosmetic standards and arbitrary dates. Lupii Cafe is Vancouver’s first zero-waste cafe where you can enjoy a delicious and affordable meal that’s environmentally and socially responsible.
Most clothing today is designed for the dump, resulting in the average American throwing away 70 pounds of clothing per year! The Fábrica is a solution in their community.
Got leftovers, but no friends to share them with? There’s an app for that! With OLIO you can list your surplus food and someone can come pick it up from you.
Meet Carla, founder of Project Três. Since 2015, she has been empowering women in India where many women lack basic human rights and litter is a massive problem. She empowers women by teaching them how to create accessories out of recycled materials.
Meet Marc Sanchez, the guy upcycling dumpster boards into beautiful new surfboards. Surfers are waking up to the waste and sustainability issues in the surf industry, and Marc is on a mission to green it up.