4 simple zero waste workshops for your community

Are you a group or business in Indiana interested in zero waste workshops? Get in touch – I love holding them!

It’s all well and good to read books and blog posts describing a lifestyle and how to live it, but it’s another thing entirely to experience it for yourself. I know personally zero waste workshops opened my mind to exciting possibilities and empowered me to make tangible differences!

Creating something themselves gives people pride of ownership. Not only will they be more likely to utilize the product itself, but they’ll be much more willing to talk about it to friends and family. One more diabolical way to spread the word of zero waste!

4 simple zero waste workshops for your community - Green Indy Blog

Workshop #1: no-sew bags

You can only move away from plastic bags when you have an alternative – why not make your own super-simple bags from old t-shirts? These bags are quick and the act of creating the bag themselves makes participants much more likely to use them in the future. This workshop is great for kids or larger groups with a limited budget as old tees can be sourced for free from friends and family.

Time: approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: free
Supplies: old but still-presentable t-shirts, scissors

Workshop #2: DIY deodorant

I’d recommend deodorant as one of your first zero waste workshops because it’s so simple, quick, and cheap! Because the baking soda can be irritating to people, it’s also nice if you offer non-baking soda recipes to try at home.

Time: approximately 5-10 minutes
Cost: $
Supplies: 2 parts baking soda, 2 parts cornstarch, 1 part coconut oil, essential oils (optional – these are what I use)

Workshop #3: laundry detergent

This is a very quick DIY perfect for demonstrations at larger events or times when people may not want to linger for long. I’d recommend choosing one person in the group to do each step in order to get a little bit of audience participation. (If you’d like to drastically reduce the cost of this event, ask participants to BYOC.)

Time: approximately 20 -30 minutes
Cost: $-$$, depending on number of participants
Supplies (for four participants to take home one cup of detergent, you’ll need these amounts – adjust accordingly): 1 bar castile soap, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda, essential oils (optional)

Workshop #4: zero waste lotion

Zero waste lotion isn’t often totally zero waste (many of the items come in packaging), but if you get the right kind it can be reused. Plus, if you’re working in a larger group the packaging difference become negligible. DIY lotion is great because it does reduce overall packaging plus you know exactly what’s in it.

Time: 10-15 minutes
Cost: $$$
Supplies: equal parts shea butter*, cocoa butter*, coconut oil, and a liquid oil (jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin e, etc.)

* Not unpackaged but they do come in resealable paper bags lined with plastic/foil which can be reused for years.

There you go – four simple zero waste workshops meant to excite and inspire local focus into learning more about the zero waste movement!

Polly Barks Green Indy

Welcome to Green Indy! I’m Polly, and I’m here to show you that zero waste can be more accessible than you think. Ready to get started? Head this way.