Zero waste tips & tricks

Start Here – Welcome!

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?


“Shh! I just want to start my zero waste journey NOW!”

OK, OK! Start a zero waste lifestyle, step-by-step.


I’ve been talking about this online since early 2017 – and exploring zero waste on a super tight budget in a small Midwestern city since 2015.

So when you have a problem finding something plastic-free, I mean it when I say “ugh, I know what you’re talking about!”.

Zero waste (n): originally an industrial term for designing out waste, claimed in the 2010s by passionate environmentalists around the world trying to create as little landfill-bound trash as possible. Less trash = lower CO2 emissions, lower impact on the communities most affected by trash, and a tangible way to feel like you’re making a difference!

Luckily, there are so many ways we can be kind to the environment beyond plastic packaging – I’m here to show you how you can live a realistic zero waste life without sweating that piece of plastic on the pasta box.

If it’s your first time here, I’m sure all of the resources on the site can feel a little overwhelming, so here are some ideas to get you started.