Waste Less Living

Green Schools…Growing From Coast to Coast!

There’s a new Sheriff in town…well, at least in Manhattan, New York.
And by “sheriff” I mean school! Emphasizing the human relationship with nature, New Amsterdam seeks to teach healthy habits to the generations to come!


Waldorf education focuses on meeting the developmental needs of children with an emphasis on healthy food, natural toys and activities, and organic, seasonal rhythms. New Amsterdam School has met a need for downtown New York City parents, and every year the number of enrolled students has grown dramatically, with new classes added each year to keep up with demand. 

Waste Less Living realizes the impact that early education regarding our natural resources will have on our society. It is one reason we advocate our services particularly in school settings!


Read more: New Green Grade School To Open in East Village – New Amsterdam Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf School | Inhabitat New York City

Source: Inhabitat

The 2013 Green California Schools Summit! We’ll See You There!

Waste Less Living, Inc. is so proud to participate in the upcoming Green California Schools Summit & Exposition! A one of kind experience and educational opportunity for those passionate about bringing healthy habits into the classroom!

Please use the following special discount to register today!

Photo: Don't miss the #Green #California #Schools #Summit, Nov 6-7th! Register now with this special discount at www.green-technology.org/gcschools/index.html !

“As one of the nation’s largest annual green school events, the Summit provides a unique opportunity to share innovations in policy, technology and practice…

“…the Green California Schools Summit will be held in conjunction with the Green California Community Colleges Summit, giving registrants access to additional education sessions and a larger Expo.”



Chandler School Did It! 237.6 lbs of Material Going Back to Compost


We had such a great time serving Chandler School this past weekend!

All the youth dressed in garb that honored the diverse lineages and cultures that the sch0ol’s community boasts! It was such a colorful array and all the students (and parents) enjoyed the many dishes, celebrating a variety of ethnic traditions.

Waste Less Living’s staff helped guide students, parents and administrators to ensure that the 100% compostable cups and utensils (made of corn and not plastic!), plates, napkins and–of course–food(!) made it to the compost receptacle (vs. recycle or landfill).

Thanks to Chandler School’s heart for doing an event well, and our desire to partner and support such efforts, 237.6 lbs of material made it to the compost facility…and is being turned into compost and good soil as we speak!


Thank you Chandler for contributing to a healthier earth to be enjoyed for future students, parents, administrators…and for the rest of us, too!

An Important Update Regarding Our Eco-Boutique: Walnut

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters:
On behalf of the Waste Less Living and the Walnut teams, we thank you for your support, encouragement, and patronage as we endeavor to bring you services and products that foster good stewardship of our planet.  It is through conscious consumers such as yourselves, that help us advance our mission and vision for Waste Less Living. 
In retrospect, the launching of the Walnut store has no doubt brought greater awareness within the local marketplace of alternative products and services that promote a more sustainable way of living for the urbanite.  Regrettably, despite how well the store was received by the community in just the few short months since we opened our doors, we have decided to discontinue operations.  Our storefront is no longer as of October 17, 2013.  The decision is due in large part to the realization that we truly need to focus all of our attention and resources on the grand plan of making commercial composting a viable and most preferable option for managing our food and compostable tableware waste.
This was not an easy decision to make, considering how well the store complimented and brought to life the mission of Waste Less Living.  For this experience, and for the countless people we have had the pleasure of meeting and being introduced to, we are so blessed, and trust that this was meant to be.  Rest assured, a bigger and bolder store is on the horizon, whether it be through Waste Less Living or some other inspired group of people. 
Thank you again for your understanding and continued support as we continue our journey to build a new kind of waste management infrastructure, one that is predicated on true sustainable practices and principles. 
Please feel free to reach out at any time.  We welcome any opportunity to discuss ways we can help improve the state of our environment. 
Sincerely and in gratitude,



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The How and Why of Locating a Farmer’s Market Near yOu!

For most, grocery shopping entails pushing a cart at your local supermarket. Just because the store may be nearby, the food itself is often hardly local. On average, the typical American meal comprises ingredients from at least five different countries, travelling about 1,500 miles. This shipping uses fossil fuels, contributes to pollution, and creates extra waste for packaging the food. By buying food locally sourced you can reduce your carbon footprint. One way to do this is by frequenting a farmer’s market.

One of the biggest perks of farmers’ markets is that they promote sustainability. Because the foods are locally sourced, food travels less miles, meaning less usage of resources like fossil fuels. Furthermore, produce that is shipped often uses more packaging to protect itself on its journey. Food at the farmers’ markets usually uses less packaging because it does not travel as far.

Farmers’ markets not only reduce the impact on our environment, but also provide more nutritious food. When produce is transported from farther distances, it is picked before its peak and often processed with wax or gasses—all to ensure that it is still good when it arrives to the consumer.

Because produce at farmers’ markets is locally sourced, the food is minimally processed and harvested closer to its peak, meaning that the consumer reaps the maximum nutritional value.

Lastly, farmers’ markets support your local community. They help smaller businesses—specifically family farmers. In the era of globalization, most agriculture is dominated by large corporate farms. Shopping at your local farmers’ markets supports these families.

Visit a farmers’ market near you and experience the sun on your neck, open air aisles, the smells that beckon you to various booths, and the mosaic of colors that greet you. Don’t forget your reusable bags! Visit Walnut for a tote or try out their new reusable produce bags and reduce your carbon footprint by wasting less in your life.

Some markets in the Pasadena area are listed below:

Pasadena/South Pasadena

Sundays, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Holly Street at Fair Oaks   Avenue

Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

363 East Villa Street at Garfield Avenue

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Avenue

Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

500 block of Union Street

2 blocks East of Los Robles

Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Located at Meridian Ave. and El Centro on the Metro Gold Line at South Pasadena Station.

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Victory Park


Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

600 W. Palm Avenue, Altadena, CA




You can also use the US Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Markets Search to easily find a market near you.




Local Eco-Event Coverage: July 2013!

Local Eco-Events/Eco-Party Write-Up

by Waste Less Living, Inc.


Mary and Ted’s Wedding Reception

July 2013

Elegant and light-hearted and simple, it was a perfect, sunny California day for a reception honoring a beautiful couple! And it was such a dear and precious moment as the couple addressed the crowd and spoke on the miracle of their meeting and relationship. Their testimony instilled hope and wonder and laughter and faith in all who attended.

My Personal Ingredients for an event that “Wastes-Less”:

  • I found tea plates at a local thrift store for prices ranging from thirty cents to one dollar per plate. Each guest was invited to take their plate home as party favors and use it for the small breakfast foods made available. A sink was also available for immediate washing.
  • Used natural twigs, branches and leaves as the major elements of the centerpieces
  • Created additional décor out of printed paper that could be composted
  • Borrowed cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths (such a blessing!)
  • Used glass jars for the centerpieces and used their tops as additional candle holders (gave both away along with the entire centerpiece designs to attendees who wanted them)
  • Created “Thyme Lime” party favors: limes were cut in half, scooped out, the shells filled with Waste Less Living’s brand of compost and sprigs of thyme planted in each. Little paper butterflies were attached to wooden (compostable) toothpicks and stuck into the soil. The lime shell and everything in it can be planted right into the ground; the lime fruit that was scooped out helped make a simple, lime flavored drink.

We used the following compostable items from Waste Less Living, Inc. : sugar plates for the cake, as well as the corn-based forks & wooden stirrers for our food and drink.

Once the fact was announced that all food scraps and tableware could be composted, the attendees reacted with a little bit of “aahing” at the idea. And, surprisingly, were quick to understand and endeavor to respect the request to reuse their utensils, versus throwing them away and getting new ones.

It felt like a great accomplishment—and pretty innovative—to end up putting most of what was left over (food, plates, utensils, unclaimed party favors, décor, etc) into the compost receptacle!

Overall it was an event that, in every detail, thoroughly endeavored to honor the couple and each of the attendees for whom they care so much.

~ Event Coordinator: Quoleshna Elbert

Waste Less Living, Inc. would like to hear from you!

If you are a Waste Less Living client and would like to share tips and ideas about your event with us, contact us!

Every Second Thursday of the month, at 6pm, Waste Less Living, Inc. and Walnut is hosting a Zero-Waste Eco-Party of their own. Visit Walnut at 2104 East Walnut Street every second Thursday of the month to learn how to host your own zero-waste eco-party, share ideas with others and learn about our other services and opportunities that help “close the loop” on wasting less!

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