zero waste

HAUTE SOCIAL, Event Ideas, Venues, Weddings

HAUTE SOCIAL + Green Team = ZERO WASTE CO

The goal is to have as little as possible, if nothing, go to the land fill.  Sofia, from Zero Waste Co, believes that every event can be zero waste.

How the HUATE SOCIAL was zero waste:

  • Replaced paper towels in the bathrooms with cotton
  • Worked with vendors to make all trash compostable
  • Used unrecyclable material for event tickets (old glow sticks, bread ties and art log cards)
  • Used unrecyclable materials to make the photo booth decor (the inside of chip bags)
  • Worked with Boomtown to replace all trash cans with compostable trash bags
  • Replaced plastic drinking cups

Venues

Loving Environmentally Friendly Day Trips

Guest blogger and Zero Waste Co-owner Sofia Ratcovich shares one of her favorite secret destinations

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If you love to watch surfers dance with the ocean, explore tide pools or just want to take a relaxing walk along the water then you will love Topanga State Beach. The best part is The Reel Inn Malibu Restaurant right across the street which welcomes all the sweaty and salty patrons after a lovely day outdoors.  No pretentiousness at this celebrity hot-spot. Plus, you get to take home a set of these cute little glasses when you purchase a whole bottle of wine.

They LOVE everything about the beach as much as I do and they support community organizations in keeping it clean. They recently installed receptacles to encourage smokers to #HoldOnToYourButt andprevent those nasty cigarettes from polluting our streets and precious water. And finally, The Reel Inn saves all their corks so they get a second chance at life and can stay out of the landfill. Thanks to the Reel Inn Malibu for being so awesome and working with @ZeroWasteCo towards a world with #zerowaste.


 
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Zero Waste Company helps companies and event coordinators to create a 100% zero waste environment.  

Visit the website for more info

www.zerowasteco.com/

 

Event Ideas, Food

Tips for Green Events with Zero Waste CO

Spring and summer are right around the corner and there is nothing we love more than outdoor entertaining.  We asked the owner of Zero Waste CO, Sofia Ratcovich to share some tips on zero waste event planning.


Tip #1 : Keep it classy and USE REAL CUPS.

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Encourage your friends to bring their own reusable cups and offer a prize to who has the coolest cup.  If you go out to a party, Always Bring your own cup & don't get your drink confused with anybody else's.  There is such a huge amount of landfill waste from cups alone.

Pro Tip: Make sure the dishwasher is empty before guests arrive, keep the sink clear of stuff in case you provide the cups and don't forget to leave out some soap and a sponge. If you follow these tips above, your friends will be more motivated to clean up after themselves and they might even help you clean up too. 

 


Tip #2 : Skip the straw!

Whether you are at a party or your favorite restaurant, remember to tell your server "No Straw Please" EVERY TIME you order a drink.  This may seem like an obnoxious request, but not really, considering the fact that Americans use 500 million straws a day.  If you are one of those people that really wants to use a straw for every drink, then invest in a durable and reusable glass straw. This will help you avoid harmful BPA and other nasty chemicals found in conventional plastic straws.

Have you seen that video about the turtle & the plastic straw? Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw or don't. It's basically 8 minutes of torture for the poor animal and the folks watching the video.  You might be thinking, how can my straw end up in the ocean if I'm not a litterbug? Well, trash cans on the sidewalk sometimes get full, then they overflow onto city streets and all the trash on the ground basically will end up in the storm drain which flows directly to the ocean. Just avoid the straw. 


Tip #3 : While your at it, say no to plastic forks

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The statistics on plastic forks is the same of not worse as the straw.  I have three kids and have gotten used to packing these cute bamboo sets for our days out.  As a family of five one outing could result in throwing away 10 plastic forks, 10 plastic knives, 10 plastic spoons and 20 straws.  Now times that by how many days of the year we leave the house.  That is a lot of waste.


 

Zero Waste Company helps companies and event coordinators to create a 100% zero waste environment.  

Visit the website for more info

www.zerowasteco.com/