The zero waste movement is spreading across the United States.
Across the nation people are waking up to the many environmental crises we face and taking action. I have co-produced a new video with The Story of Stuff Project to showcase examples of people, initiatives and organizations that are working to improve their communities and set an example for what others can do in their communities.
Last summer I had a film team from South America come to shoot a documentary about my life for TV in Latin America. They offered to pay me $5,000 to spend a week with me. I explained that I don’t accept any payments from media but that they can donate $5,000 to a nonprofit to do good work with. I chose the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and together we’d plant 100 fruit trees.
Welcome to Ucluelet, British Columbia, a remote town with far more wildlife than people. But its wild beaches are covered in trash. In 2016, a team was assembled for a large scale international cleanup. In just a few weeks, the team gathered more than 20 tons of garbage.
I-Wood International has developed a super sustainable way of milling lumber that could save up to a third of the trees used for housing. Ideal for shipping as flat-pack tiny home kits anyone can assemble themselves, along the lines of Ikea furniture. A licensing association is being developed for people and organizations around the world to produce these types of kits with small portable or industrial size machines. See details at www.IWoodInternational.com and sign up for their newsletter on the contact page there. If you are interested in bringing these tiny homes to your community contact Chris Scott at [email protected]
Meet Nita Kurmins Gilson, the woman bringing fresh fruit to thousands of San Diegans in need. In 2009, Nita learned that 1 in 6 people in her county were going to bed hungry. She also saw an abundance of fresh produce going to waste all over the city. So she connected the dots to be part of the solution for both food waste and hunger.
This urban foraging program is giving fresh fruits and veggies to thousands of people in need, and it’s all food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Millions of Americans have little to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Concrete Jungle is changing that by giving out freshly picked produce for free!
PERIPLO: Spanish word for “journey with a purpose.” My name is Renee, and in the months to come I will make up one-third of the film crew making such a journey through Central America.