Polly Barks - Zero Waste Educator

About Polly

Hey! I’m Polly and 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?

Let’s make sustainability less of an idealized lifestyle and more of a holistic look at how we interact with our environment. Because here’s the thing:

zero waste is more than a plastic bag!

From choosing a few zero waste swaps to changing your diet to starting a zero waste group, there are so many ways to live a more sustainable life that don’t involve impossibly stuffing a year of physical waste in a mason jar.

I started leading a full zero-waste lifestyle in 2015 after experiencing life in an Indianapolis community where affluent trash gets left behind. Living in 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!)

Questions? I probably have an answer. Get in touch here.