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The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

Laura Nash

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The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast

Laura Nash

13
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26
Plays
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Finding alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing our waste, and reducing our environmental footprint.

Latest Episodes

115. Plastic in the North Sea

Susanne Khün holding up a fulmar Susanne Khün has a Ph.D from Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands where she has put years of research into her thesis called "Message in a belly - Plastic pathways in fulmars". Tune in to hear all about Susanne's research on whether seabirds are ingesting plastic from fish, what's happening with toxicants from plastic once in their guts, and how ships are contributing to a fulmar's diet. There's even some really good news about plastic pollution in the North Sea you won't want to miss!

31 min3 d ago
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115. Plastic in the North Sea

114. Endocrine Disruptors and Plastics

Scott Coffin has a Ph.D in environmental toxicology from the University of California Riverside and works for the California State Water Resources Control Board. Scott has done many studies on toxicants in plastic that involve some fascinating scientific techniques. He found that estrogen receptors are being activated by many different toxicants in plastic, not just BPA, and discusses how this is not only worrisome for fish populations but also for humans. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404660/

65 min1 w ago
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114. Endocrine Disruptors and Plastics

113. Holiday Shopping Ideas

For this year's holiday episode I've collaborated with three sustainable Canadian companies with eco friendly gift ideas for the holiday season! Dave O'Connor from Genuine Tea won best tea in Toronto in the Now Reader's Choice Awards and offers high quality teas without plastic tea bags, as well as a new line of ready to drink teas. Madeleine Tan (pictured below with her sister) from the Rose Company in Vancouver offers a number of sustainably packaged self care products and has offered the discount code ZEROWASTECOUNTDOWN for 20% off your online purchase. Kathryn Hogan is the founder of KMH Touches, a company offering silk and vegan dental floss that's plastic and PFAS free, so good for your body and good for the planet.

29 min2 w ago
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113. Holiday Shopping Ideas

112. Toxins In Bioplastic

Lisa Zimmermann is a Ph.D researcher in the Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology at Goethe University Frankfurt and part of the PlastX Research Group. She recently conducted a study that was published in September 2020 called: Are bioplastics and plant-based materials safer than conventional plastics? In vitro toxicity and chemical composition. Lisa discusses what she found in the study, and the implications those findings have on our choices as a consumer when it comes to packaging. She was also featured on episode 102. Toxins In Our Plastic Products. Further comments from Lisa after recording: 1) On the question whether plants can contain toxins: Yes, some plants naturally produce toxins, e.g.,as a natural defense mechanism against predators, insects or microorganisms. In a usual balanced, healthy diet, the levels of natural toxins are well below the threshold for acute and chronic toxicity. For instance potatoes contain solanines and chaconine but especially in the sprouts and green ...

32 minOCT 26
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112. Toxins In Bioplastic

111. Nuclear Energy

Paul Acchione is an engineer and management consultant in Ontario who has worked in the nuclear and fossil fuel industries for over 48 years and has a wealth of knowledge about how nuclear power works, how nuclear waste is stored here in Canada, and the benefits nuclear power brings to an electricity grid. Darlington Nuclear Power Station We discuss how public opinion of nuclear energy has changed over time during his career, the current issues around renewables, and why it's unlikely we can save the Pickering nuclear station here in Ontario, which means one of the cleanest grids in the world is about to get a lot dirtier.

68 minOCT 13
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111. Nuclear Energy

110. Keeping Produce Fresh With Hazel Tech

According to Hazel Technologies, the U.S. wastes more than 25 billion pounds of post-harvest fruits and vegetables annually, which amounts to over $86B in wasted resources. Aidan Mouat is the CEO of Hazel Technologies, and they have developed small biodegradable packaging inserts that are dropped into boxes of avocados during shipping. By time-releasing temporary ethylene blockers, Hazel's tech slows the fruit's aging process. The USDA-supported solution is entirely atmospheric, does not touch the produce, and leaves no residue. Further, the technology has been tested by the country's top agricultural universities (UC Davis, Cornell, Oregon State). Hazel has more than 150 customers (across 12 countries) which include Zespri (the world's largest kiwi distributor, based in New Zealand), Oppy (Canada's largest produce distributor), and many more. Hazel's tech is projected to be used with 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce in 2020, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste.

29 minOCT 6
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110. Keeping Produce Fresh With Hazel Tech

109. Sharing During Covid

The Olio sharing app from the UK is reporting record numbers of users sharing food and other items during the Covid pandemic. Tessa Clarke joins the Zero Waste Countdown to share food waste statistics and explain how her sharing app works with over 2 million users.

29 minOCT 5
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109. Sharing During Covid

108. How Our Grid Works

Emily Thorn Cortha is founder & president of Thorn Associates, an energy and carbon management consulting corporation, and one of Canada’s top industrial energy efficiency experts. She joins the ZWC to discuss how our electricity grid works in Ontario - it's actually very clean! Emily currently chairs the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ (OSPE’s) Energy Task Force and is a past elected director of the Board of OSPE. She is also co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors of StepUp, an organization dedicated to breakthrough energy management performance through improved gender equity, and past director of Energy Optimization and Management at Hatch Ltd., an international engineering consulting firm. A laureate of the 2018 RelèveTO Young Professional Award and the 2020 International Energy Engineer of the Year Award, Emily has been a project manager, technical reviewer, and energy engineer for over 70 energy projects, resulting in over $100 million in implemented ener...

54 minSEP 21
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108. How Our Grid Works

107. Rent a Romper for Kids

Lauren Gregor is the founder of Rent A Romper based in LA, which is a monthly clothing subscription service for young children who tend to grow out of their clothing extremely quickly. Lauren joins the ZWC to talk about the environmental benefits of a clothing subscription model for kids, as well as the convenience for busy parents with growing children.

30 minSEP 14
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107. Rent a Romper for Kids

106. Zion Lights on Nuclear

Zion Lights isthe UK Director for a group calledEnvironmental Progress, which is a research and policy organization fighting for clean power and energy justice to achieve nature and prosperity for all. She was previously a spokesmen for Extinction Rebellion, and she’s the author of the book: The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, she’s written for the Huffington Post, and you can find her Ted Talk on YouTube here. We discuss the value of nuclear power, and why it's important to talk with people you may not agree with.

27 minSEP 8
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106. Zion Lights on Nuclear

Latest Episodes

115. Plastic in the North Sea

Susanne Khün holding up a fulmar Susanne Khün has a Ph.D from Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands where she has put years of research into her thesis called "Message in a belly - Plastic pathways in fulmars". Tune in to hear all about Susanne's research on whether seabirds are ingesting plastic from fish, what's happening with toxicants from plastic once in their guts, and how ships are contributing to a fulmar's diet. There's even some really good news about plastic pollution in the North Sea you won't want to miss!

31 min3 d ago
Comments
115. Plastic in the North Sea

114. Endocrine Disruptors and Plastics

Scott Coffin has a Ph.D in environmental toxicology from the University of California Riverside and works for the California State Water Resources Control Board. Scott has done many studies on toxicants in plastic that involve some fascinating scientific techniques. He found that estrogen receptors are being activated by many different toxicants in plastic, not just BPA, and discusses how this is not only worrisome for fish populations but also for humans. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404660/

65 min1 w ago
Comments
114. Endocrine Disruptors and Plastics

113. Holiday Shopping Ideas

For this year's holiday episode I've collaborated with three sustainable Canadian companies with eco friendly gift ideas for the holiday season! Dave O'Connor from Genuine Tea won best tea in Toronto in the Now Reader's Choice Awards and offers high quality teas without plastic tea bags, as well as a new line of ready to drink teas. Madeleine Tan (pictured below with her sister) from the Rose Company in Vancouver offers a number of sustainably packaged self care products and has offered the discount code ZEROWASTECOUNTDOWN for 20% off your online purchase. Kathryn Hogan is the founder of KMH Touches, a company offering silk and vegan dental floss that's plastic and PFAS free, so good for your body and good for the planet.

29 min2 w ago
Comments
113. Holiday Shopping Ideas

112. Toxins In Bioplastic

Lisa Zimmermann is a Ph.D researcher in the Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology at Goethe University Frankfurt and part of the PlastX Research Group. She recently conducted a study that was published in September 2020 called: Are bioplastics and plant-based materials safer than conventional plastics? In vitro toxicity and chemical composition. Lisa discusses what she found in the study, and the implications those findings have on our choices as a consumer when it comes to packaging. She was also featured on episode 102. Toxins In Our Plastic Products. Further comments from Lisa after recording: 1) On the question whether plants can contain toxins: Yes, some plants naturally produce toxins, e.g.,as a natural defense mechanism against predators, insects or microorganisms. In a usual balanced, healthy diet, the levels of natural toxins are well below the threshold for acute and chronic toxicity. For instance potatoes contain solanines and chaconine but especially in the sprouts and green ...

32 minOCT 26
Comments
112. Toxins In Bioplastic

111. Nuclear Energy

Paul Acchione is an engineer and management consultant in Ontario who has worked in the nuclear and fossil fuel industries for over 48 years and has a wealth of knowledge about how nuclear power works, how nuclear waste is stored here in Canada, and the benefits nuclear power brings to an electricity grid. Darlington Nuclear Power Station We discuss how public opinion of nuclear energy has changed over time during his career, the current issues around renewables, and why it's unlikely we can save the Pickering nuclear station here in Ontario, which means one of the cleanest grids in the world is about to get a lot dirtier.

68 minOCT 13
Comments
111. Nuclear Energy

110. Keeping Produce Fresh With Hazel Tech

According to Hazel Technologies, the U.S. wastes more than 25 billion pounds of post-harvest fruits and vegetables annually, which amounts to over $86B in wasted resources. Aidan Mouat is the CEO of Hazel Technologies, and they have developed small biodegradable packaging inserts that are dropped into boxes of avocados during shipping. By time-releasing temporary ethylene blockers, Hazel's tech slows the fruit's aging process. The USDA-supported solution is entirely atmospheric, does not touch the produce, and leaves no residue. Further, the technology has been tested by the country's top agricultural universities (UC Davis, Cornell, Oregon State). Hazel has more than 150 customers (across 12 countries) which include Zespri (the world's largest kiwi distributor, based in New Zealand), Oppy (Canada's largest produce distributor), and many more. Hazel's tech is projected to be used with 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce in 2020, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste.

29 minOCT 6
Comments
110. Keeping Produce Fresh With Hazel Tech

109. Sharing During Covid

The Olio sharing app from the UK is reporting record numbers of users sharing food and other items during the Covid pandemic. Tessa Clarke joins the Zero Waste Countdown to share food waste statistics and explain how her sharing app works with over 2 million users.

29 minOCT 5
Comments
109. Sharing During Covid

108. How Our Grid Works

Emily Thorn Cortha is founder & president of Thorn Associates, an energy and carbon management consulting corporation, and one of Canada’s top industrial energy efficiency experts. She joins the ZWC to discuss how our electricity grid works in Ontario - it's actually very clean! Emily currently chairs the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ (OSPE’s) Energy Task Force and is a past elected director of the Board of OSPE. She is also co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors of StepUp, an organization dedicated to breakthrough energy management performance through improved gender equity, and past director of Energy Optimization and Management at Hatch Ltd., an international engineering consulting firm. A laureate of the 2018 RelèveTO Young Professional Award and the 2020 International Energy Engineer of the Year Award, Emily has been a project manager, technical reviewer, and energy engineer for over 70 energy projects, resulting in over $100 million in implemented ener...

54 minSEP 21
Comments
108. How Our Grid Works

107. Rent a Romper for Kids

Lauren Gregor is the founder of Rent A Romper based in LA, which is a monthly clothing subscription service for young children who tend to grow out of their clothing extremely quickly. Lauren joins the ZWC to talk about the environmental benefits of a clothing subscription model for kids, as well as the convenience for busy parents with growing children.

30 minSEP 14
Comments
107. Rent a Romper for Kids

106. Zion Lights on Nuclear

Zion Lights isthe UK Director for a group calledEnvironmental Progress, which is a research and policy organization fighting for clean power and energy justice to achieve nature and prosperity for all. She was previously a spokesmen for Extinction Rebellion, and she’s the author of the book: The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, she’s written for the Huffington Post, and you can find her Ted Talk on YouTube here. We discuss the value of nuclear power, and why it's important to talk with people you may not agree with.

27 minSEP 8
Comments
106. Zion Lights on Nuclear
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