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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.

1: Let’s get to know each other!

Visit my about page to find out more about me and what exactly a zero waste educator does day-to-day. You can also always feel free to shoot me an e-mail with questions!


2: Join the community!

There are a ton of ways to stay in touch!

First, you can sign up for the newsletter.


You’ll get weekly tips and tricks for a low-waste life as well as info on all the new posts and videos live on the site!

You can also keep up with me on Instagram or Facebook where I’m posting a mix of quick tips and deeper dives into different topics around sustainability!


3: Start exploring zero waste!

80+ zero waste swaps for sustainable living - PollyBarks.com

If you’re new to zero waste, I recommend Starting a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Step-by-Step. That will talk you through all the ways you can get started with zero waste that don’t start and stop with a mason jar full of trash. (Trust me, there’s so much more to explore!)

The most popular starting zero waste posts

The most popular zero waste swaps posts

The most popular zero waste on a budget posts

The most popular “beyond the plastic bag” posts


4: Did you know I teach stuff IRL too?

I totally do! If you’re looking for someone to help your business or organization transform their approach to environmental sustainability by providing accessible, fact-based resources and strategies, I’m you’re gal!

In real English… Basically, I take the goal of “being more sustainable” into a measurable, actionable goal like “do a trash audit and reduce your landfill-bound waste by 50% by doing X, Y, Z”.

Check out my Work With Me page for more details!

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