Zero Waste Workflow

School and Work

School and work can be a bit tricky to navigate since many things are out of your control. But there are a few simple things you can do that will really decrease your waste in this area!

The first is to communicate. Talk with your co-workers or classmates about your desire to go zero waste. As always, use humility and humor to talk about it so that they do not feel attacked or just weird about your new lifestyle choices. You may be surprised and they’ll be excited to join you in your experiment!

Then make sure you have all the supplies you need. Get a used fountain pen and a pot of ink and compost your pencil shavings.

No need to buy notebooks, you can make your own from scrap paper! And consider downloading an app like camcard so you can take pictures of people's business cards and send them yours digitally. And ask your coworkers and teachers to email you documents digitally to avoid printouts.

And when you attend conferences or events, politely but firmly refuse all those free pens and notepads you’re never going to use anyways.

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