38. Bite Toothpaste Bits

February 6, 2019

Bite Toothpaste Bits started with two questions: Why does toothpaste come in plastic tubes and what exactly are we putting in our bodies when we brush our teeth?

More than one billion toothpaste tubes end up in landfills every year, but Lindsay McCormick has come up with a better solution! Her company, Bite Toothpaste Bits, replaces the need for non-recyclable tubes. The ingredients are good for you, the tabs taste good, and they come in ethical packaging too. 


37. Cocktails At The Lark

January 23, 2019

Alex Bruce is a champion cocktail maker from Toronto who's competed on the world stage. He wanted to serve healthier versions of the classics, with less sugar and less waste, so he opened The Lark restaurant with his wife Celine LePache, and serves healthy and organic options both on the menu and drink list. Their daily operations are sustainable too, and close to zero waste. 

Find out how Bruce and Celine run a sustainable restaurant on this episode of The Zero Waste Countdown. 


36. Ross Beaty

January 10, 2019


Ross Beaty is a geologist and entrepreneur in the international minerals field. He currently Chairs Pan American Silver Corp., Equinox Gold Corp., and has founded and divested many other resource companies. He is also an environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation.

He Chairs the BC Parks Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of BC, he's a Director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Panthera, and is a patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of BC.

Mr. Beaty was appointed to The Order of Canada in 2017 and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2018.

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35. Rob Greenfield

December 23, 2018

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Star of the television show Free Ride on the Discovery Channel, Rob Greenfield, joins the Countdown to talk about his journey from South America, his bike ride across the United States, his book Dude Making A Difference, and his philosophy on consumption. 



34. ZW Christmas Part Two

December 13, 2018


Rachel Revoy joins the Countdown for her third episode as we talk about Christmas trees, Christmas travel, and even Christmas food. Warning: we talk a little bit about meat! Not that much though. We also talk about the commercial from Iceland that was banned for being "too political", because it shows how destructive palm oil can be.

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33. Zero Waste Christmas Part One

November 28, 2018


Rachel Revoy from Quinte Waste Solutions joins us again to speak about her own personal countdown to zero waste from a holiday perspective!

Join the countdown as we talk about zero waste and low waste options for Christmas this season, including everything from wrapping paper to flying over the holidays.

Stay tuned for an upcoming part two episode next week. 

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“Christmas Rap” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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32. Green Circle Salons

November 17, 2018

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Meet Shane Price, the founder and CEO of Green Circle Salons, and find out how this Canadian from Toronto has changed the way American, and Canadian, salons get rid of their trash.


Did you know that our hair can be used to make absorbent pads that can clean up oil spills?

That's a much better end of life for hair, rather than ending up buried in plastic garbage bags underneath our soil, in landfills, emitting methane into our atmosphere and contributing to global warming for what could possibly go on for centuries.

Not only does Green Circle Salons collect hair and divert it from landfill, they also collect leftover hair dye chemicals and divert them from going down the sink and into our waterways. They're also working with Virginia Tech to develop some exciting new initiatives.


31. Regeneration Magazine

November 7, 2018


Kyle Calian founded the Regeneration Magazine, a collection of environmental stories and interviews with climate leaders and entrepreneurs who are making positive, sustainable change.

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The  magazine is biannually available in digital or print, and Issue No. 4 of The Regeneration Magazine will be published this winter and will feature green energy and politics.

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30. Food With Kristin Lawless

October 24, 2018

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Kristin Lawless (previously published as Kristin Wartman) is a Certified Nutrition Educator, an author, and an independent journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The AtlanticNewsweek, VICE, Huffington Post, and Civil Eatsas well as in academic journals such as The Black ScholarCritical Quarterly, and The New Labor Forum

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Her new book is called Formerly Known As Food: How The Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture. Throughout human history women have played a strong role in providing food for their families but today people typically rely on giant corporations to feed themselves - and those corporations could be putting profit over our health. Food has changed over the past 100 years and nutritional content has deteriorated due to industrial farming. Thousands of chemicals have been added to our diets from pesticides to packaging. We simply no longer know what we’re eating but there is strong evidence that it's changing our bodies and even our genes. 

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29. Bea Johnson On Tour

October 16, 2018

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CNN calls her the mother of the zero waste lifestyle movement and The New York Times calls her the priestess of waste free living. Her book Zero Waste Home has been printed in over 20 different languages, she's spoken in 55 different countries, and her family of four only produces one jar of trash per year. 

Join the ZWC as we find out what Bea's been up to since her book was published and learn a few zero waste tips on traveling and how to refuse items we simply don't need.