How To: Host a Zero Waste BBQ

How To: Host a Zero Waste BBQ

We all know that barbecues can create a lot of waste (aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic cutlery and cups, paper plates and napkins, disposable skewers, food packaging, etc) but they don’t have to! There are tons of ways to enjoy your cookout without creating a ton of trash. Learn how to embrace the package-free, the homemade, the reusable and the compostable—in order to create a Zero Waste BBQ!  

How We Define Zero Waste

While there are many "definitions" of Zero Waste, there is only one that say that it is peer-reviewed and internationally accepted. Here at Zero Waste Ventures we have adopted the definition put forth by our friends at the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA).

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.” 

Basically—Zero Waste means you are achieving 90% diversion through waste reduction, reuse and recycling. And within that 90% there is no bury, no burn and no discharge to the environment. 

If any asks you what your definition of Zero Waste we hope you will point them to us and/or ZWIA! 


MaryEllen & Lynn

Welcome to Adventures in Zero Waste

Welcome to our blog! It will feature a wide range of zero waste related content—ranging from classic 3R how-tos, innovative DIY zero waste tips, and personal pledges to reduce consumption, to delicious recipes that use up normally wasted food items and reviews of products that are looking to displace all of the single-use items in your cupboards. 

This is real life. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail— but together we can learn more on our journey to Zero Waste. We hope you enjoy it!  

MaryEllen & Lynn