I received the following from Elise Koncsek, who responds to email sent to the "info@" email address for no trash week - not only her name, but also further detail about the goals of the week. She gave me permission to forward her name and the description.
NoTrash <email@example.com> wrote:
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 14:09:54 -0700
From: NoTrash <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Deborah Strod" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: info please? Zero Trash Day fiction book for kids
My full name is Elise Koncsek...
The goal is no waste at all, because currently even much of our recycling ends up in the landfill. Some materials are more recyclable than others and some take a lot of energy to turn pack into useful products, but a lot of what goes into
residential recycling doesn't actually get recycled. Of the materials that do get recycled, many materials, like paper and plastic, have limited recycleability because the new materials made from them are usually a grade down from the original product (paper fibers get shorter during each processing, etc). I'm not considering compost as waste because theoretically, organic waste can be entirely turned back into soil without much energy.
On Oct 10, 2007 10:11 AM, Deborah Strod <firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you saying no trash as in no waste, or only recyclable waste? And what is your last name? The folks at Green Yes were wondering who the sponsor of the effort was.
No Trash Week is an effort by individuals to make no trash for an entire week. So far the biggest challenge is dealing with food containers which were bought before the week started. It's not too difficult to buy package-free food for most things, but finding ways to not make trash when you already have it in your house is tricky. This is a grassroots movement, beginning with individual efforts and spreading through the community through word of mouth and internet sharing. I'm starting to work with a couple local high schools to help them try for a No Trash Week at their school in a few months. Please let me know if you need any information that you can't find on
Thanks for your interest :)
On Oct 10, 2007 7:05 AM, Deborah Strod < email@example.com
Please tell me about your project! I've been writing a kids book called The Zero Trash Day about a group of kids that try to get their families to make no trash for one day.