Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: International Experts Agree: Reusables are COVID-19 Safe

International Experts Agree: Reusables are COVID-19 Safe By Davida Halev, Senior in Emory College, Sociology Major and Sustainability Minor In early 2020, restaurants were starting to see a shift away from disposable packaging. Last January, Starbucks implemented a Resource-Positive Future act which incentivized the use of reusable coffee cups. The restaurant chain Just Salad was … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: How to Solve Our Waste Exporting Problem

How to Solve Our Waste Exporting Problem By: Jack Miklaucic, Sophomore in Emory College, Environmental Science and PPL double-major The United States produces the third most waste per capita in the world, coming in at 25.9 metric tons per person and 8.4 billion metric tons per year (1). This gargantuan amount of waste demands the … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Low Waste Gift Ideas During a Pandemic

Low Waste Gift Ideas during a Pandemic By: Esha Babu, First year in Emory College, Natural Sciences major The Holiday season normally serves as a time to reconnect and spend time with loved ones. My extended family and friends would often spend Winter Breaks escaping the bitter cold with my family in Florida. However, this … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling: What I Didn’t Know About Off-Campus Recycling

Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling: What I Didn’t Know About Off-Campus Recycling By: Cooper Jannuzzo, M.S., EHI Office of Quality Before my journey to zero waste, I was a recycling extremist. Everything plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard went into my at-home recycling bin. I was uneducated and thought that everything with a triangle was recyclable. Not … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: From Trash to Art – Artists are Breathing Life into Garbage to Stimulate Change

From Trash to Art –  Artists are Breathing Life into Garbage to Stimulate Change By: Erica Kahn, First year in the 4+1 BS/MPH program in Environmental Health, Junior in Emory College majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in English One of the best parts about making or viewing art is the positive feedback loop it … Continue Reading →

Following Emory’s Waste: Where Does It Go And Who Does It Affect?

Historically, waste has been a burden placed on vulnerable and marginalized communities, so our office wanted to follow Emory’s waste by using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice tool to see which communities are being affected. We hope that contextualizing where our waste goes will remind us that there is no “away” when we throw … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Coronavirus Plastic Crusade: Fight it, Don’t Join It

Coronavirus Plastic Crusade: Fight it, Don’t Join It By Davida Halev, Senior in Emory College, Sociology Major and Sustainability Minor COVID-19 has reinvigorated plastic consumption and production in industry and in our personal lives. Drop in petroleum prices and lifestyle changes – specifically, increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and single-use plastics (SUPs) – … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: Stopping the Flow of Plastic at its Source

Stopping the Flow of Plastic at its Source By: CJ O’Brien, Second year Master’s in Development Practice Student with concentrations in environmental conservation & organization and management, Academic Fellow at Oceana As a Florida native, I have always been in love with the marine ecosystem. The first time I saw a coral reef in the … Continue Reading →

Zero Waste Ambassador Blog: The Spectrum for Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle During College

The Spectrum for Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle During College By: Michelle Ly, Senior in Emory College, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major Over the past almost four years learning to be zero waste at college, I’ve realized the zero waste lifestyle lies on a spectrum (now more than ever with the current pandemic). While the term … Continue Reading →