The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast
93. The Green News Industry With Betsy Rosenberg

93. The Green News Industry With Betsy Rosenberg

June 1, 2020


Environmental talk show host and producer Betsy Rosenberg started her career at KCBC San Francisco and became a network news anchor and started a Trash Talk segment back in 1997, offering waste reduction tips on the CBS network.

In 2004 she expanded into America's first syndicated sustainability show on commercial radio, Eco Talk Radio, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the environmental movement such as Al Gore, Bernie Sanders, John Kerry, and David Suzuki.


Betsy currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband. 

92. Kathryn Kellogg

92. Kathryn Kellogg

May 25, 2020


Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of Going Zero Waste a lifestyle website dedicated to helping others live a healthier and more sustainable life. She’s a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic, Chief Sustainability Officer at the One Movement, and author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste which breaks eco-friendly, sustainable living down into an easy step by step process with lots of positivity and love.


Kathryn joined Laura from her home in San Francisco to discuss what she's been up to since her first book and had a surprising announcement for us - a second book is coming out soon!

91. Practical(ly) Zero Waste Podcast

91. Practical(ly) Zero Waste Podcast

May 18, 2020

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Elsbeth Callaghan hosts and produces the Practical(ly) Zero Waste Podcast and funny enough, she lives an hour and a half away from Laura!

Elsbeth and Laura talk about the difficulties of trying to live a zero waste lifestyle during COVID, what it's like living so close to each other, and what got Lisbeth into the zero waste movement.

You can listen to her podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

90. Power Knot Food Waste Digesters

90. Power Knot Food Waste Digesters

May 11, 2020


David Hill joins the ZWC to talk about the company he works for, Power Knot, and how their machines digest food waste in a matter of hours, saving companies money and time, but most importantly, the environment!


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89. Garik Himebaugh, Eco-Stylist

89. Garik Himebaugh, Eco-Stylist

April 27, 2020

Garik Himebaugh Chief Stylist at Eco-StylistGarik Himebaugh is the founder of, a marketplace for sustainable men's fashion. Garik joins the ZWC to discuss fast fashion, price per wear, the benefits of tailoring, how to choose sustainable brands, and even Billie Eilish! 

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Check out Garik's fantastic blog on sustainability in the fashion world here: Eco-Stylist Blog

88. Compostable Cutlery

88. Compostable Cutlery

April 13, 2020


Zack Kong has designed the first and only compostable alternative to single-use plastic utensils you can compost in your own backyard. His new company, based in San Diego, is called TwentyFifty named after the year 2050 - the year the population is projected to reach 10 billion and when it’s estimated that the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the amount of fish. Zack's brand has one mission: to stop, or at least significantly reduce, plastic pollution. 

87. Vegan Chef Max La Manna

87. Vegan Chef Max La Manna

March 30, 2020

Max La MannaMax La Manna is the author of the new book: More Plants Less Waste, bridging the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking. 

Max is on a mission to turn the tide on plastic waste while eating healthy, and saving money. His cookbook offers 80 recipes with stories and photos in between. 

86. ZW Grocery Delivery

86. ZW Grocery Delivery

March 24, 2020

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Ashwin Ramdas cofounded Denver's first zero waste grocery delivery service in October 2019 and joins the ZWC to talk about his journey.


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85. MacKinnon Bros. Brewing Co.

85. MacKinnon Bros. Brewing Co.

March 16, 2020

Beer is a fermented, antimicrobial, sustainable beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years. Daniel MacKinnon sat down with Laura to discuss sustainable beer making practices on his Canadian farm that's been in his family since 1784, using their own barley and local hops, and they take care of their waste responsibly. 


Right from the growing process to the reusable kegs being sanitized for decades of reuse, beer can be a sustainable beverage from start to finish.


Every year the MacKinnon farm hosts a large party for thousands of people, that also operates with minimal waste. 

84. Biotech: Sustainable Innovations

84. Biotech: Sustainable Innovations

March 9, 2020

Dana O’Brien, Executive VP of Food and Agriculture at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and Andy LaVigne, President and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association discuss the biotech industry from an environmental perspective. 

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Biotech is important for feeding the world with nutrients, mitigating food waste, and developing crops that are more resilient for climate change.