Home Grown New Mexico has had a goal to be zero waste since our first potluck on March 29, 2011. We asked people to bring their own dishes, silverware and cups to our first potluck. Most people brought them! They have continued to bring them to the next two years of potlucks. Last summer a potluck attendee rode a bike and did not have a plate so he asked if he could use one of our reusable plates and apologized. You are all a great group that has your own zero waste goal.
We use #5 recycled plates, cups and dishes that can be washed and reused. Preserve products can be purchased locally. They are attractive for dishes that we recycle at each event and fundraiser. The cost was less than our 2011 paper plates and cups. The silverware that we selected can be composted, but we work with lower heat in our compost and it will not work at the community gardens. We wash and reuse it. It is important to look at the contents of all products because corn is often used and has GMO and may also include plastic. This will cause issues in compost piles and many places have stopped it. What are your goals at the next potluck that you attend and see paper plates used? Do you have your zero waste goals?
I met Jessie Emerson at the Community College giving a Zero Waste presentation. She is the Zero Waste Coordinator for the Northern New Mexico Sierra Club and has a lot of good ideas for her zero waste mission. The class can help you decide how you can reduce waste.
Railyard Community Room
(park behind SITE Santa Fe and go to metal buildings)
Sunday, March 10 at 1pm-3pm
Presented by Home Grown New Mexico and Railyard Stewards
Please RSVP for Class