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Why “Toward” Zero Waste?

Because change can be hard!

Toward Zero Waste is an organization located in North Carolina focused on helping individuals, families and communities move toward zero waste by minimizing waste of all kinds, one step at a time.

Leigh Williams, Co-Founder

Hi, I’m Leigh. I’m a wife and mom of two school-aged girls, living in Cary, NC. I started moving “toward zero waste” in September of 2015 after reading Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home. Bea’s single jar of trash a year for a family of four didn’t seem possible for my family of four, but I knew we could do better and was inspired to try.

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Dargan Gilmore, Co-Founder
I’m a wife and mom of 3 young kids, living in Raleigh, NC. Moving “toward zero waste” in our family has been an empowering and positive lifestyle change for all of us. We feel like we are helping to decrease our landfill space and carbon footprint. It’s taught the kids to care for our environment, while simplifying our busy family life. We have a long way to go but are making one small change at a time.
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Greg Couch, Graphic Designer / Webmaster
 I’m a graphic designer located in Cary, NC and I specialize in helping provide affordable design work for small businesses and organizations. Leigh and Dargan asked me to help them with their goal of spreading the zero waste message and that how I got started on the zero waste path. It’s not easy- my wife and I have two young kids, so I appreciated the “Toward” in TZW’s message. It’s a challenging journey but I’m glad I’m on it!
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“refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.”

Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life