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May 2019
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Bokashi indoor composter system
Composting is easy, let's break it all down
There has been a lot of talk about composting and how much material it can keep out of landfills, which is great for the environment and the City’s goal to reach Zero Waste by 2040. But how much work does it take to compost and what kind of set up is needed? The truth is, composting doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there are many composting options right here in Austin, so you can decide what works best for you and your household. It’s easy to compost, and you can even do it in an apartment!
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Gifts your mother (earth) will love: Zero Waste gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day provides us with the opportunity to reflect on everything our incredible mothers bring to our lives. This year, as you decide how you will honor and thank them, take the extra time to give her an eco-conscious gift she will love and feel good about. We have some ideas for you.
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[Re]Verse Pitch Competition awards $20,000: POLYMart and re:3D will each receive $10,000

The fourth annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition wrapped up with two $10,000 innovation prizes going to social entrepreneurs Anjali Sridharan and Mike Strong. Sridharan’s winning pitch was to repurpose polycarbonate plastic dye-cut sheets from HID Global to make affordable eyewear with a new company, POLYMart. Strong’s team, re:3D, will be adding to their 3D printer business to launch “Design by re:3D” using the same plastic waste to make specialty furniture, art and other unique items.

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.
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Circular Innovators: Loot Rentals Finds and Shares Vintages Treasures

Our society is ingrained in a culture of single-use and convenience. This is a linear economy model, where we take, make, and then dispose of materials. The circular economy is an ambitious vision of a zero waste, regenerative future: treating materials as finite, waste as a resource and redesigning business models. Austin business, Loot Rentals, is a prime example of how to incorporate circular business practices.
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National Small Business Week Session
Join the Circular Economy Program on May 9 to learn how your business can add social impact to your business narrative through circular strategies. Five Austin businesses will share how they have used these circular strategies to create innovative business models that are more sustainable and set them apart from their competitors.
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Passionate about reducing, reusing and recycling in your community? Join our Zero Waste Block Leader program to serve as a resource for your friends and neighbors! Attend our next orientation on Saturday, May 11 to get started.
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Join us for a free backyard composting class on Saturday, May 18 or Wednesday, May 29. Take a class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system or accessories. Can't make it? Additional classes are available.
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Cleaning out your home to kick off your summer? Bring your documents for shredding, books, household items, clothing, batteries etc. to the Start of Summer Clean Up event on May 19 be reused or recycled!
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