Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Video Series
Eco-Cycle’s ZERO WASTE series is a weekly webcast about recycling, composting, reducing waste, and more!These short and informative video lessons are accompanied by a variety of age-appropriate activities for you and your family that will help integrate the week’s lesson into your life—like doing a waste audit at home, recipes and DIYs for commonly-packaged foods and products to help you avoid plastic packaging, and viewing documentaries for an in-depth look into a topic.
New lessons will be added on Fridays through June 2020.
Everything we have—our homes, clothes, phones, cars—comes from the Earth. In this week’s video lesson, we review some of the most common materials we use, where they come from, how these materials are made, where it goes after we use it, and the impact it has on the planet.
Here’s the deal… We have one planet, but if everyone consumed resources like we do here in the U.S., we would need 5 planets' worth of resources to keep up! In this week's video lesson, we talk about the benefits of recycling – how much energy is saved, how much water is conserved, how many jobs are created, and more!
Recycling is pretty simple, right? It is – once you know your guidelines! In this week’s video lesson, we explain why recycling guidelines vary and the THREE main factors that makes something “recyclable” (or not recyclable) where you live!
When we recycle, we typically put used paper, boxes, bottles, and jars in our recycling bin that is picked up weekly. What happens after that? In this week’s video lesson, we show you inside a recycling facility.
We’ve all been there - standing in front of a recycling bin with something that we’re not sure is recyclable. So with all the best intentions, we toss it in the recycling bin – but this can lead to a host of negative impacts! In this video lesson, we show you the top items that should NEVER go inyour recycling bin.
Misunderstandings about recycling can be confusing, and can prevent well-intentioned people from recycling right! In this week's video lesson, "Recycling Myths, Explained," we address common recycling myths and misunderstandings. Let's get myth-busting!
The ever-increasing production of plastics, including a sharp increase in disposable plastic packaging and products, is creating serious problems for land, water, and wildlife. From extraction of fossil fuels used to produce plastics, to environmental pollution and difficulty recycling plastics, there’s are many reasons why we must reduce plastic use and production.
Compost helps build healthy soils, which produce more nutrient-dense food, requires less water, AND helps draw down carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - reducing climate change impacts! In this week’s video lesson, “Why Compost?” Eco-Cycle partners with the Denver Compost Challengeto explain the vital role of compost in creating a thriving ecosystem and balanced climate on Earth.
By composting organic matter – such as food scraps, yard trimmings, and some paper products such as paper towels and napkins, you’re turning “waste” into a valuable amendment that enriches soil. In this week’s video lesson, “How to Compost” we partner with the Denver Compost Challenge to talk about three easy ways to compost, and what can be composted in backyard bins, vermicompost bins, and through curbside compost programs.
Week 10 Video Lesson: Preventing Food Waste
In the U.S., up to 40% of food goes uneaten– making wasted food the single largest item going into our landfills. Each year, Americans waste enough food to feed 164 million people their full diet every day of the year. And when food waste ends up in landfills, it emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In this week's video lesson, “Preventing Food Waste,” we partner with our friends at Natural Resource Defense Council to talk about the scope of food waste, and how each of us can be part of the solution to make sure that food makes it into our bellies and not in our landfills!