About Polly Barks
Hey! I’m Polly!
I’m here 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?
I started leading a full zero-waste lifestyle in 2015 after experiencing life in an Indianapolis community where affluent trash gets left behind. A food desert and lack of infrastructure meant many of my neighbors rarely even saw fresh produce.
Since going zero waste, I’ve tried to share my knowledge – because I’ve lived first-hand knowing how hard it is to think about climate change when you’re worrying about paying rent. I’ve spread that message everywhere from food banks to local libraries to nationally-recognized universities. (And online, too, of course!)
PS. Ever have a question? Don’t be shy to e-mail me – my inbox is always open!
PPS. I’m based in Lafayette, Indiana by way of Moscow, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Yeah, I’ve got some weird stories.
weeks per grocery bag of trash
daily questions about what you’re doing
dollars saved per month on groceries
Zero Waste Presentations
Small to mid-sized group presentations geared toward introducing zero waste and brainstorming actionable goals attendees can try as soon as they leave the class.
Zero Waste Workshops
One of the best ways to incorporate zero waste into your daily life is by learning a practical skill. From toiletries to fermenting, whatever you're interested - I've got a zero waste swap for that.
From lecturing on a specific subject related to sustainability accessibility at a conference, to sharing zero waste solutions for a local audience, I'm happy to share the knowledge I've gained through my lived experiences.
Polly confronts the issues and views that many others avoid. She does this respectfully, and thoroughly explains and supports her claims and ideas for improvement. I think this is what the "zero waste movement" needs.- Podcast Review