Podcast: 10 ways to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle in Fort Wayne

This week, Jodi Leamon joins “Women Are: Fort Wayne” for a conversation about the work she does helping Allen County residents learn to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost their waste.


Leamon is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Allen County Department of Environmental Management and founder of the local chapter of Food Rescue US. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a master’s in Biology.

In this episode, she talks about her work, and why it’s important—on both local and global scales. The conversation gets into the science of trash, and why adopting better practices is vital. Leamon also defines big words like “circular economy,” “sustainability,” and goes into what “zero waste” actually means.

She concludes by sharing her top 10 ways to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle in Fort Wayne.

Learn More

For more about the Allen County Department of Environmental waste, visit their website, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for tips on improving your own practices.

To learn more about Food Rescue US, visit their website and check out their Facebook. You can also find Jodi’s Ask An Environmentalist blogs on Input Fort Wayne.

In this podcast, we talk about two documentaries: Anthony Bourdain’s Wasted, which eplores the epidemic of food waste in society today, and Plastic China, a Chinese documentary about a family that processes plastic recycling in extreme poverty. Much of the trash they process comes from America. We also talked about a blog called Minimum Viable Planet.

Music this week comes from Rosalind & The Way with the song, “Blood On My Hands.” You can find their music on iTunes and Spotify, as well as Facebook and Instagram.


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