Zero Waste Ambassadors at Home Program _ Module 1: Upcycling
The Zero Waste Ambassador at Home Program is funded by The Take Action Grant awarded by the Arusha Centre and the Calgary Dollars initiative. It is a collaborative effort between Ciclomanias, Nature's Ride and Susana Moncada's capstone project at the University of Calgary and the Varsity Courts Student Family Housing. Susana Moncada is a candidate for the MSc. Sustainable Energy Development at University of Calgary. Susana is a proactive Nature’s Ride and Ciclomanias’ environmental educator. The program aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle, with a focus on domestic waste management. The program is designed especially for adults who make decisions regarding their consumption and household waste management. Its purpose is to equip citizens with practical tools and concrete actions household residents can take to reduce waste, apply the 7Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Repair, Re-gift, Recover and Recycle) and divert waste from the landfill contributing to a circular economy. The Zero Waste Ambassadors at Home Program includes three modules:
1.- Upcycling: Also known as "Creative Reuse" is the art of transforming unwanted materials into a product of a higher environmental and artistic value. This session, will allow participants to learn about different types of waste, think about traditional disposal of solid waste, experience the relevance of upcycling and implementing alternatives to reduce waste. The sessions integrate environmental education with art through upcycling activities. The upcycled items that the participants will create are a constant reminder to them that waste does not always have to end up in the landfill or even recycling bin but can have other creative uses.
2.- Vermicomposting: Also known as "worm composting", turns kitchen scraps and other organic waste into an organic fertilizer by using earth worms. Vermicompost is a source of plant nutrients that improves the properties of the soil. The main component of a vermicompost is worm castings or worms’ poop which makes a rich fertilizer.
Not only is vermicompost rich in nutrients but it is also loaded with the microorganisms that create and maintain healthy soil. For this session, the participant will comprehend natural versus human-created waste, closed-loop systems, circular and linear economies. Grasp how vermicomposting generates fertilizer from organic waste and contributes to a closed loop system in a circular economy.
3.- Sustainable Shopping: refers to reducing waste to minimize our impact and highlight the relevance of shopping local. This workshop is designed to show a sustainable way of shopping by trying to eliminate the use of single-use plastics, support local businesses particularly introduce the use of Calgary Dollars currency. Talk about value for money and life cycle cost. Provide a brief introduction to ecolabels, green washing concept and Calgary Dollars currency.
To learn more about this program subscribe to our YouTube channel where we will be posting the three modules as well as key findings from Susana Moncada's capstone project: