The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast


Showcasing the best and brightest in the environmental community. Finding solutions that benefit the planet and the people.

We feature scientists, business owners, activists, entrepreneurs, cooks, and other experts from around the world who have found ways to live more sustainably.

Laura Nash

27 Episodes


06/07/2021 | 30 MINS

133. Love Zero Waste

Evelina Lundqvist and Malin Leth host the Love Zero Waste Podcast and share what it's like living zero waste in Austria and Sweden. 

05/20/2021 | 30 MINS

132. Emerald Packaging

There has been a gigantic increase in the demand for plastic food packaging since the Covid pandemic started. Kevin Kelly is the CEO of Emerald Packaging, a family-owned plastic packaging... more

05/08/2021 | 30 MINS

131.Zero Waste in India

    Sahar Mansoor and Tim de Ridder are the co-authors of Bare Necessities: How to Live a Zero-Waste Life.     Sahar is also the founder and CEO of... more

04/17/2021 | 30 MINS

130. A.I., Biotech, & Palm Oil

      Leonardo Alvarez is the Chief Executive Officer of Protera, a biotech company he founded in his early 20's alongside his colleague, now Chief Operating Officer Francia Navarrete. Mr. Alvarez... more

04/02/2021 | 29 MINS

129. Diamonds From The Air

      Early in 2021 Elon Musk offered $100M in prize money for new carbon capture technology and there's a company already using carbon capture tech: Aether Diamonds.  ... more

03/28/2021 | 30 MINS

128. UBQ Materials

    Liat Arad is the VP of Marketing for UBQ Materials, a company that's spent many years developing a patented process to convert unsorted waste -- everything from banana peels... more

03/19/2021 | 30 MINS

127. Open Source 3D Printing

      Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D., is the Richard Witte Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Director of the Michigan Tech Open... more

Jussara Lee is a longtime fashion designer in New York City who came to New York to study fashion from Brazil and now focuses on fashion sustainability. Jussara joins the... more

03/06/2021 | 52 MINS

125. Sourdough

      Heather MacMillan from Heather's Hearth is a professional sourdough bread maker and educator, hosting sourdough classes around the Ottawa and Barry's Bay area (I took her course... more

02/27/2021 | 60 MINS

124. Madawaska Kanu Centre

      Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) west of Ottawa is a sustainable whitewater paddling school and resort, offering guests whitewater experiences, friendly staff, and incredible food.     Stefi... more

02/21/2021 | 31 MINS

123. BC Salmon Farms

  The Canadian federal government recently announced that it would order about 19 salmon farms closed in British Columbia (BC) but without any local community consultation. Farmed salmon is BC's... more

02/12/2021 | 29 MINS

122. Urban Salmon

    Caption: A team led by researchers at the University of Washington Tacoma, UW and Washington State University Puyallup have discovered a chemical that kills coho salmon in urban... more

02/07/2021 | 30 MINS

121. Edible Coffee Cups

        2.7 million takeaway coffee cups are being sent to landfill in Australia each day. Luckily, Catherine Hutchins and Aniyo Rahebi founded a new startup called Good-Edi,... more

01/31/2021 | 31 MINS

120. Water For First Nations

    Jocelyn Burzuik, President and Senior Construction Manager at Sundance Construction, joins the Zero Waste Countdown once again to talk about a very important issue here in Canada that... more

Jocelyn Burzuik is the President and Senior Construction Manager of Sundance Construction in Manitoba, and when it comes to her new housing development, affordability is directly related to sustainability! Jocelyn... more

01/15/2021 | 62 MINS

118. Carbon Tax Problems

    Canadians pay a lot of taxes and have a lot of expenses. Far too many Canadians are struggling with poverty and have very high electricity bills, our phone... more

01/09/2021 | 35 MINS

117. Solar Oysters

Oysters from Chesapeake Bay, Library of Congress Oysters are little nutritional bombshells. They're packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fatty acids, and particularly of note during Covid: Vitamin D and Zinc.... more

01/01/2021 | 30 MINS

116. Veteran Compost

      Justen Garrity founded Veteran Compost over a decade ago after his military service. The company focuses on two things: Employing veterans and their family members; and Turning... more

11/23/2020 | 31 MINS

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... more

  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... more

11/09/2020 | 29 MINS

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... more

10/25/2020 | 32 MINS

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... more

10/13/2020 | 68 MINS

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... more

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.        ... more

10/05/2020 | 29 MINS

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... more

09/21/2020 | 54 MINS

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... more

09/14/2020 | 30 MINS

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... more

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