Zero Waste Shopping at Good Earth Natural Foods
  • Public
  • Organized by AMBATALIA
  • Tuesday 1 December 2020, 10:00 AM

When we shop for our food,we can take powerful climate actions and keep plastics out of our waterways and waste streams. 

 Attendees will learn from Ambatalia founder, Molly de Vries and volunteers, the principles of a non-disposable life. These include how to simplify, organize, and manage the way we shop for food with minimal plastic; Why it's important to buy organic- non- GMO, how to store it; and how not to waste it, and how to decide what to compost, recycle, or send to Waste/ landfill. Molly shows us the positive influence minimizing food and packaging waste has not only on our personal health and pocketbooks, but on our soil, waterways, and those who produce our food and our community who are hungry. By shopping locally, seasonally and in bulk, we increase food security, support food justice, and lessen the impact on our oceans and climate change for a sustainable future 

 It's estimated that one-third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. That’s equal to about 1.3 billion tons of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, and grains that either never leave the farm, get lost or spoiled during distribution, or are thrown away in grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, schools, or our home kitchens. It could be enough calories to feed every undernourished person on the planet. 

 Wasted food isn't just a social or humanitarian concern—it's an environmental one. When we waste food, we also waste all the packaging it comes in, the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, package it, not to mention how we discard it. Our disconnection to how our resource recovery system works also contributes to wasted energy on many levels.  

 One example: When our food is put in our waste/ landfill bin and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide.  

 Here in Marin County unfortunately 50% of the food waste from our residents is put into the waste/ landfill bin. By putting our food scraps into our green bins we are building nutrient rich compost for our California farmers and keeping methane gas out of our atmosphere in turn contributing positively to our climate health.

 In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions. 

 Also 67% of street litter in the Bay Area comes from single-use disposable food packaging. As consumers, we have the power to buy healthy food that is package free with simple products that minimize our contribution to the waste stream. 

 Individually we have the Power to change these statistics. 

 This event is a joint project of Ambatalia and Sustainable Mill Valley. The event cost of $15 will be donated to Sustainable Mill Valley, a 501©(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to Educate, Inspire and Engage with the goal of building a community that is zero carbon, zero waste, water smart, and environmentally safe. No one is turned away because of lack of funds. Please join our community. Carpooling, public transportation, biking and walking are encouraged. 

 Photo courtesy of Karen Povone Photography, Zero-Waste  Grocery Shopping
Article featured in Edible Marin Magazine

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Ambatalia Web site  


Where does the group meet at10:00 A.M. ? 

Please meet us at the good earth class room behind building next to UPS store. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

Feel free to email or call/ text me with any questions. 





Tuesday 1 December 2020, 10:00 AM

till Tuesday 1 December 2020 11:30 PM


Good Earth Natural Foods 201 Flamingo Road Mill Valley US


  • Event's organizer

Ambatalia designs and manufactures textile goods to support a non-disposable life.  All of our goods are thoughtfully designed and manufactured here in the San Fransico bay area. Made for ease of use, lasting function and a timeless aesthetic to inspire joy and change.  Ambatalia, in essence, is the mother bringing a powerful force of awareness and a very simple solution to the harmful and wasteful single-use disposables that go along with buying food and other daily necessities. Choosing to ...

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