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Welcome to PollyBarks.com! I’m so glad you’re here! My mission is to break down the big, overwhelming ideas of zero waste* and living sustainably into smaller, more actionable pieces.

Because if sustainability is hard to understand, how can it be accessible to those who need it most?

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5 eco-friendly community action projects to inspire you

If you’re reading here, it’s likely you have a passion for sustainability. But taking that passion and turning it into something practical for your community is easier said than done.

Have a look at these 5 eco-friendly community action projects and find some inspiration to stop dreaming and start taking action.

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7 major sustainable trends for 2021

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Sustainable trends for 2021: my totally unsolicited opinions on what’s ahead for the next year.

This is the year we need to collectively prioritize long-term sustainability goals over short term profit and reward. Whether that happen or not – in particular, at the speed required – remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, we move forward! Here are my predicted 7 major sustainable trends for 2021.

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The essential guide to holiday gift wrap recycling

The essential guide to holiday gift wrap recycling- PollyBarks.com

Gift wrap recycling, just like any recycling, is super tricky and really depends on where you live. So be sure to check local guidelines, but here are a few starting points.

You did your best to go zero waste with your gift wrapping this holiday season, but let’s be real: not everyone else did. Whether it’s your family, friends, or friendly co-workers, there’s a pretty good chance you got some holiday gift wrap you’re just not sure what to do with.

Enter reuse or gift wrap recycling. Because, let’s get real, the holidays are a time of decadence and waste far beyond the norm – cutting it down in any way is really important.

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What’s your climate action niche?

What’s your climate action niche - PollyBarks.com

Let’s face it: it’s hard to take climate action.

The crushing existential dread of the climate crisis makes you feel helpless. You feel like all of your individual actions are useless against such a massive, global problem.

Plus, you know. Global pandemic, rising economic inequality, and all the other horror shows that come with a rampant capitalist system.

So consider this quiz a little nudge to take some action that’s really meaningful to you when you’re caught in the paralysis of too much. It’ll help you:

  • Identify an aspect of sustainability you resonate with
  • Give you a focus point amid the noise of everything going on
  • Encourage you to take a small but meaningful climate action right away

Have you taken the quiz and want even more?

Awesome! I’m offering a 5-day email course called the Eco-Activation Blueprint soon. It’s for people who have been hanging out with a friend, sighed and said something like:

  • “Our planet’s dying and I’m freaking out.”
  • “I’m so scared for our future but I don’t even know where to start.”
  • “Everything sucks. I should do something about it.”

If that sounds like you, then this might be the right way to dive in and get clarity on how you can tackle such an overwhelming, existential crisis.

You can sign up to learn more here.