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12.6.17    Don't miss Think Zero LLC's first newslettercelebrating our anniversary, sharing some press we received, conversations with the New York City Department of Sanitation, and employee engagement ideas around waste reduction and diversion. Happy Holidays and here's to a great 2018! 

1.11.18    "The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach’s over-the-top amenities include a “sharing room”, Curbed Miami

Of all the incredible amenities at the soon-to-open The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, the aquatic helicopter experience with navigable marine helipad might be the most jaw-dropping. But that’s not the only unique offering that the property has in store.

There’s also what the building is billing as the “the world’s first residential art studio and Sharing Room.” What’s a Sharing Room? Think of it as almost like the luxury version of Freecycle: it’s a space where residents could drop off a pair of used skis they no longer want, and pick up a handbag from another resident in the process.

The Sharing Room will be merchandised like a store too. If something donated by residents is too big to store in the room, it will be loaded into a Sharing Room mobile app so residents can shop virtually. Anything not picked up in 60 days will be donated to rotating charities.

“The Sharing Room will be set up like a small, curated shop, where goods will be displayed with like items so residents can browse easily,” Sarah Currie-Halpern said in a statement. Halpern is the founder/partner of Think Zero and former advisor to NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, who worked with founding partner of Lionheart Capital Ricardo Dunin to dream up the concept for the Ritz-Carlton. “The Sharing Room has a threefold benefit: social, economic and environmental. I call it inspired sustainable consumption for luxury living,” Halpern said.

Read more on Curbed Miami.

12.8.17 "How Waste Audits Can Help Cities and Businesses", by Ushma Pandya Mehta, WasteDIVE

Over the past year, there has been increasing interest in curbing food waste.  Food waste, while important, is often just one third of what we throw away every day in our trash cans. Today there is a big push to figure out how to eliminate food waste, but over time, we will have to figure out how to eliminate the other 60% of what we send to landfill as cities aim to get to "zero waste."

Waste audits provide data on what's in our trash so that we can make smarter purchasing decisions, such as avoiding purchasing packaging that is not recyclable and asking suppliers to comply, rethinking product manufacturing and providing more specific and targeted recycling and organics diversion training programs.    

Cities across the U.S., as well as internationally, have been establishing "zero waste" goals. As these goals are set, businesses will need to examine their waste reduction and diversion strategies because they are integral to a city meeting their "zero waste" goals.  Many businesses also have public sustainability goals including "zero waste" goals. Often times, these corporate "zero waste" goals are site specific given the local nature of waste generation.

Read more on WasteDIVE

12.15.16​     "Why Your Business Should Care About Reducing Waste"by Sarah Currie-Hapern, Brooklyn Progress

Read the article here

7.24.17     "565 Broome Soho aims to be Manhattan’s first ‘Zero Waste’ residential high rise", 6sqft.com

Think Zero LLC was featured on 6sqft.com for its work to help make 565 Broome Street a Zero Waste building, read the article here.

7.31.17​      "Zero Waste NYC– Implications for Businesses", By Ushma Pandya Mehta, Triple Pundit

Trash poses a problem for cities – litter, pollution, smell, rodents, and the high cost of disposal.  More broadly, trash means that we are ever consuming – using up resources and endangering our health and that of the planet and wildlife.  Across the globe, cities are taking aggressive action to support reduction in trash to landfill and incineration, with important implications for businesses (and residents). 

In NYC, the daily disposal of trash is highly visible.  Given the number of people who walk through the streets, corner trash bins are usually overflowing by the end of the night.  Given the sheer volume of buildings and homes, there is nightly trash pick-up across most neighborhoods in the city.  Ubiquitous black bags of trash are piled up high outside of each building.  The bags usually smell, especially during the summer months, and rats can be seen scurrying around.    

Overall the US has terrific sanitation systems, so Americans do not need to live with the trash we create, as it simply “goes away” once we put it on the curb.   Americans throw out anywhere from 4-7 lbs of trash per person per day, with the US generating over 240M tons of garbage a year – almost a quarter of the waste produced in the world.  According to a report by Save on Energy, the US recycled 34.3% of its garbage in 2015 (an all-time high).

Since the term Zero Waste came into circulation a few decades ago, cities globally are adopting “zero waste goals.” 
Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the design of resources so that all products are reused and nothing is sent to landfill or incineration.  

Read more on Triple Pundit.

2.16.17 ​  Think Zero Co-Founder and Partner, Sarah Currie-Halpern presented on U.S. EPA webinar- Taking Out Takeout Waste: New Approaches in New York City.

Read a description of the webinar, see the presentations and listen to an audio file of the webinar here.