Practical(ly) Zero Waste

024 • The Living Composter

An episode of Practical(ly) Zero Waste

By Elsbeth Callaghan
Welcome to Practical(ly) Zero Waste, a podcast about making zero waste living as practical as possible. Each episode discusses straightforward practical changes we can make that add up to create a big difference environmentally. We explore different companies, products, habits and practises that make going zero waste easier. Everything we do on this earth has an impact, let's make it a positive one!

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026 • Sustainable Agriculture
Reducing pesticides, cover cropping, adding nutrients to soil at an industrial scale, feeding the worms and more, this episode is all about sustainable agriculture and crops with life-long farmer Bill Callaghan! Learn more about sustainable agriculture and cover cropping here: Companion Planting Resources: Email the podcast at Support the podcast at Find the podcast on Facebook at Practically Zero Waste Podcast and on Instagram @practicallyzerowastepod and @elsbethcallaghan Have a great week everyone!
April 14, 2019
025 • Community Gardens
Urban agriculture and locally grown food made accessible to all through your city's very own community garden! Don't have one in your city? Learn how to start one in today's conversation with Jill Bishop, Community Food Cultivator for the Nourish Project. Learn more about Nourish: Find them on Social Media: @nourishprojectnews City of Peterborough Community Gardens Policy: Further Resources from Nourish Project: Send us an email with your questions, episode ideas or just to say hello! Find the Podcast on Social Media: @elsbethcallaghan @practicallyzerowastepod PracticallyZero Waste Podcast Support the Podcast! Have a great week everyone!
April 7, 2019
024 • The Living Composter
Indoor composting is perfect when you don't have access to municipal green waste pick up, and the way to do it indoors is with those wriggly and delightful little creatures called earthworms. Compost is the missing link in today's waste management crisis but everyone, EVERYONE could do their part by removing food scraps and even most paper recycling from the waste stream! We can do it people!! Today's chat with Cathy Nesbitt, pro vermicomposter, magic soil producer and owner of Cathy's Crawly Composters, might be just the inspiration we all need to dig deep into the world of composting and start saving the planet, one bit of food scrap at a time! To check out Cathy's website and access a ton of composting resources visit: Elaine Ingham's Soil Foodweb for creating healthy soil: The Dirty Dozen, list of produce containing the highest levels of pesticides: Documentary "And This is My Garden" trailer and website: Remember to leave a rating or review on iTunes, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, like us on Spotify, subscribe on YouTube, and follow me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan If you have a question or an idea for the podcast, contact us at Even send us a voice memo with your questions and we'll include the best ones in coming episodes! Have a great week everyone!
March 31, 2019
023 • Community Supported Agriculture
Eating locally and seasonally is what this chat is all about! Today I met with Harriet Walker of the Peterborough Regional Farmer's Market and we talked all about community supported agriculture, veggie box programs, going SU plastic free at the Market, and loving that local dirt! Okay springtime, here we come! Learn more about the Peterborough Regional Farmers Market on their website: Circle Organic's CSA Program Chickabiddy Acres' CSA Program A little info about Enviro Dish Find us on Instagram @ptborfm @elsbethcallaghan @circleorganic @chickabiddy_acres
March 24, 2019
022 • Self-Sufficiency
Growing vegetables, raising chickens, gathering acorns for your pigs, any of this sound like living the dream? Today my friend Valentina and I chat about her magical homestead, about self sufficiency in the 21st century, and how to produce nutritious food and skip the packaging at the same time! Follow me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan Have a great week everyone!
March 17, 2019
021 • Minimalism
Minimalism is a tool for living a meaningful life with less stuff to clutter up the place! Like the phrase 'zero waste' it implies an extreme lifestyle of all or nothing but that's hardly the case! Minimalism, like low-waste living is a sliding scale, where anyone can approach it at the level they need. Today I chatted with The Minimalist Mom, Amy, about her minimalist philosophy and how to use this lifestyle to find space for what really matters! Check out her website Find us on Instagram @minimalistamom @elsbethcallaghan Amy's recommendations: @newminimalism Have a great week everyone!
March 10, 2019
020 • Keeping Bees + Tapping Trees
Valuing our food is paramount to preventing food waste on every level, and learning the work that goes into it is the best place to start the conversation! Connecting students with where their food comes from is what Lakefield College School's Environmental Entrepreneurship program is all. a. bout! Dive into the topics of tapping trees and keeping bees with Garret Hart, LCS's Outdoor Education Assistant. Remember to rate and review the podcast to help spread the word! Have a great week everyone. Find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan  
March 3, 2019
019 • Random Acts of Green
Ever feel like there's so much to be done for the planet and you don't know where to begin? Random Acts of Green might be your answer! Today's conversation with the founder Jessica Correa will get you started with some behaviour modification, habit formation, and all around eco-friendly ideas for making a difference on this planet every day! Get involved as a Random Acts of Green volunteer on: Social Media: @randomactsofgreen @elsbethcallaghan Download the Random Acts of Green app on the App Store or Google Play Have a great week!
February 24, 2019
018 • Loop Store
So recycling is not the answer we want it to be. Know what is the answer? A circular economy and reusable resources. Enter Loop Store, an off shoot of TerraCycle and the best answer I've heard in a long time for how to avoid single use trash! Listen to today's interview with Tony Rossi, Loop Store's VP of Business Development to learn all about Loop's launch and how to get involved! Find them on Social Media: @loopstore_us + @elsbethcallaghan Have a great week!
February 17, 2019
017 • The Green Mum
Today's episode I chat with Meera Jain, The Green Mum from Toronto Ontario all about low waste living in the big city, wish-cycling and low waste #momlife. Join the conversation by leaving a review on iTunes or comments on your podcast platform! Check out Meera's website: Find us on Instagram: @thegreeenmum @elsbethcallaghan And some other awesome accounts to follow: @sustainablejungle @greenteachertess @reusablenation @yourecowaste @baremarket @zerowastecollective @exploringalternatives Have a great week!
February 10, 2019
016 • Positive Action
Today's episode is a chat with Kristen Laroque about the environmental initiatives being run by GreenUP, a not for profit organization in Peterborough, Canada. Get inspired to take some positive action towards saving our planet and be on the look out for similar groups in your community! And please feel free to leave a comment or review on iTunes (or whatever your podcast platform may be) to help support future episodes of Practical(ly) Zero Waste. Have a great week everyone! Find more about GreenUP on their website: And find us on social media: @ptbogreenup @elsbethcallaghan
January 30, 2019
015 • Pregnancy, Newborn + Other Life Changes
Moving, new job, giving birth AND be eco friendly at the same time? Seem like a lot to ask? Okay maybe, but here's how we managed the past 3 months since our son was born. We produced more waste than we'd like, but this episode is all about doing what you can and going easy on yourself when you can't. Find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan Have a great week everyone!
January 22, 2019
014 • Learning to Cook
Ever wonder where to get started in the kitchen? Looking for a sure-fire way to eat healthier and reduce waste? Can't tell a spatula from rolling pin? Listen to today's episode with Nutrition Artist and registered dietitian Michelle Jaelin to start cooking from scratch! Follow us on Instagram:  @nutritionartist and @elsbethcallaghan Check out her website:    Preventing Food Waste: Video: Blog Post:
January 3, 2019
013 • Being Normal
This week's episode features a conversation with eco-blogger Sara Brigz from Toronto on taking zero waste one step at a time. She's all about maintaining that balance between positive lifestyle changes and burnout so listen in on how to be normal and go zero waste at the same time! Find Sara Brigz on YouTube: Find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan Subscribe and review the podcast on your listening platform, we'd love to hear from you!
November 18, 2018
012 • Keeping Food Alive
This episode features a conversation with Toni Desrosiers, founder of the Canadian beeswax wrap company Abeego. Beyond learning how to preserve the fresh and fragile food we consume, Abeego's mandate 'Keep Food Alive' is about teaching generational knowledge and putting value on the things that matter. Learn more about Abeego's products on their website: Follow on Instagram: @abeego @elsbethcallaghan + @eatgrain For past episodes of this podcast:
November 1, 2018
011 • Zero Waste Chef
Hey Everyone! In today's episode I had the pleasure of talking to Anne-Marie Bonneau, creator of the blog Zero Waste Chef. In this fun, anecdotal conversation she talks practical tips and stories on how to go zero waste in the kitchen. If you like today's episode, hit that subscribe button to hear more. Check out Anne-Marie's blog for all the waste free and package free inspiration: Start Practical(ly) Zero Waste from the beginning: Find us on Instagram: @elsbethcallaghan + @zerowastechef Zero Waste Chef's Book List: - "Draw Down: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming," Paul Hawken - "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food," Dan Barber - "You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in Farming," Joel Salatin - "The Omnivore's Dilemna: A History of Four Meals," Michael Pollan - "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," Michael Pollan - "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation," Michael Pollan Happy adventures going Zero Waste!
October 30, 2018
008 • Back to (Eco) School
Are you heading back to school and ready to make a difference this year? Check out today's episode on the Ontario Eco School program and the efforts any school can make to reduce their carbon footprint. To learn more about Ontario Eco Schools visit: To get more practical tips on how to reduce waste in your life, find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan
October 29, 2018
007 • Take Out + Food Rescue
Looking for a practical way to get take out while still saving the planet? Look no further! GoMkt of Manhattan is a food ordering app that connects people with businesses with discounted food. Not sure what that means? Check out today's episode and their website to learn more. Find us on Instagram too @gomkt and @elsbethcallaghan
October 29, 2018
006 • Low Waste Travel
Take a listen to episode 6, all about travel tips to reduce the amount of single-use waste we produce when travelling. Plan ahead for your next adventure and make it waste free! Find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan and Jess Morales @babystepstozerowaste Happy long weekend everyone!
October 29, 2018
005 • A Waste Free Summer
Listen in to today's episode for tips and advice on how to enjoy the best of summer while staying zero waste! Check out our past episodes for more info on practical steps towards a low waste lifestyle, and you can find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan Have an awesome waste free summer!
October 29, 2018
004 • A Zero Waste Period
Even when it comes to having your period, there is always a zero waste option! Maureen Brand from Garden of Eden Reusables talks swapping single use items for reusable alternatives, everything from cloth menstrual pads to unpaper towels. Her products make it hard to find an excuse for single use, period. Find Maureen online at And find us both on Instagram @gardenofedenreusables and @elsbethcallaghan
October 29, 2018
003 • Living Simply
Welcome back to the third episode of Practical(ly) Zero Waste, a podcast about making zero waste living as practical as possible. In today's episode we talk about living with purposeful scarcity and the ways in which we can extend the lifespan of the objects we own to prevent them from going to landfill too early. Find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan
October 29, 2018
002 • Kids + Zero Waste
Welcome back to the second episode of Practical(ly) Zero Waste. Today we interview Jess Morales of Baby Steps to Zero Waste. Her down to earth perspective on living with less while celebrating a family of 4 is inspiring and encouraging. Have a listen and if you missed the first episode on Mindfulness it's an excellent place to start. Find Jess on Instagram @babystepstozerowaste, and find me on Instagram @elsbethcallaghan. Good luck in your zero waste adventure!
October 29, 2018
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October 26, 2018
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