What if PPE (personal protective gear) was reusable instead of disposable? When I was in the Air Force, we were issued personal protective gear that was reusable. It was assigned to us. We were responsible for its care and maintenance. It kept us alive. What if medical folks had the same set-up? Would we have the shortages we have today? Maybe a zero-waste society is the safest? Something to think about. I hope everyone is doing well. Please let us know if you need anything. Love.
We asked folks to share what zero-waste means to them so we could share. Here is the first response we received. Zero waste is a goal for me. I am doing my best in this world of packaging and consumerism to have as little trash going to the landfill as possible and to make good buying choices. Each day I challenge myself. And I am hopeful for the future. Please share your thoughts too. You can do that by going here: https://movingtoconservers.com/what-does-the-term-zero-waste-mean-to-you/ We welcome your thoughts and community engagement. Thank you!
Rooster Head Plantation has long been a community partner of our zero-waste efforts. They house a community compost drop off facility and have hosted our educational gatherings, among many other ways they support the community. They are a true community partner and we love them. They have been feeding neighborhood children since schools closed. I called Jacqui and asked her what she needed and she said to put it bluntly, money. She has served over 400 meals and the numbers keep growing as the word gets out. We are putting out a call to our community to help. We were able to send money to Jacqui via the CashApp at her handle $JacquelineEdens. You can also donate money through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their mail address is: Rooster Head Plantation, 184 Evergreen St, Brevard 28712. We also talked about buying cases of fruit and veggies or any other thing that may help. If you have items that may help, let them know. What an amazing gift to the community. [...]
With social distancing being our new normal and having our grandchildren for 7 days we have taken this opportunity to teach them a few things in between their online schooling. We worked with them as we planted potatoes, asparagus, onions, and rhubarb. We have a trail in our yard and they have hiked and biked it and recently we took them rock climbing for the first time on a small ledge in our yard. We live on the continental divide and it is a wondrous place. It backs up to Mountain Bridge Wilderness and it is wild. They have learned to make homemade noodles and pizza in our wood-fired pizza oven. It is a joy to mentor them and spend time with them. We have also spent a lot of time on the phone checking in on neighbors and family. It is nice to have conversations instead of text and emails, which we get occasionally when we drive to wifi access. I am deeply touched by the amount [...]
Five years ago at this time, John and I were not cutting seed potatoes getting them ready to plant on St. Patrick's Day. We were not adding coffee grounds from the local cafe to our compost facility. We did have a small compost pile but we were not working it. Now it is a part-time job for John. Well, maybe not but my husband makes a darn good soil, something I would not have appreciated five years ago. I didn’t think much about soil. I have gardened for years but didn’t understand the value of good soil. I do now. Almost 3 years ago we started having zero-waste potlucks with 8 or so friends and studied the Post Carbon Institute’s online video course Think Resilience. It focused on life after fossil fuels. It was thought-provoking. As part of the study, the course had the group answer the question, “What do you wish you would have learned to do in school?” Almost all of us said we wanted to [...]
What a great gathering! We enjoyed a wonderful zero-waste, mostly plant-based potluck with lots of new faces and lots of familiar ones. It was fantastic. Evan shared information about the sustainability of plant-based diets. He took questions after he wrapped up his talk and I learned a bit and enjoyed hearing the questions from others. Many thanks to Evan and all who made it possible, a special thank you to WolfBrew Bottle shop for their continued hospitality, and thanks to the NAACP for letting us borrow their PA system. Next month's topic in on using food scraps and I am looking forward to the 3 presenters who have agreed to share with us. Thanks so much! Evan sent the following for those who are interested in learning more. Thanks so much Evan! Here is an excerpt from my thesis: https://medium.com/@evanparker32392/veganism-as-a-strategy-for-sustainability-f3319509d143 Here is my TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/evan_parker_veganism_as_a_strategy_for_sustainability
We are super excited to announce our family-friendly moving to zero-waste series with education for children provided by Pisgah Collective. You can see the details here: https://movingtoconservers.com/event/join-us-for-a-family-friendly-potluck-gathering-at-the-cedar-mountain-canteen/
Last year, Motown Memories fundraiser went zero-waste and as a result we now have Transylvania Shares sharing club in our community. They have asked if we will make the event zero-waste again and we said, "You bet!" We need help. The event is April 25th from 6 - 10 pm and we have a few tasks we still need filled. Families are welcome and encouraged. We love teaching folks how to move to zero-waste. Please email Kim at email@example.com or call 828-966-5367 for more information. Thanks!
What a great evening. Noel and Patrick put together information for us to consider regarding a plant-based diet and the effects our food has on us and our community. The place was packed and it was wonderful to see so many new faces. The food was fantastic as always. I personally loved all the vegan food and enjoyed trying different dishes. I especially enjoyed the brownies. Yum! Thanks to all who attended. It was amazing to spend time with such members of our wonderful community!