Benefits of Zero Waste

What are the benefits of zero waste?

What impact does it have on you, your health, your household, the economy, the planet? 

While the switch to zero waste can be hard, there can be many benefits for you on a personal level as well as for your household in general, such as:

Improved physical health

Packaged food does not necessarily mean unhealthy food, but unhealthy foods often mean lots of packaging. 

Often the packaging is so thin that it can’t even be recycled. One of the zero waste health benefits is simply being forced to shop, cook, and eat healthier. What’s more, being made to slow down and think about what you’re buying at the grocery store creates a more mindful way of shopping, allowing you to make better decisions for the entire life cycle of the products you buy!

Improved wellbeing

Mindfulness has been shown to have various positive effects such as stress reduction, increased working memory and focus, less emotional reactivity, and more. Extend this concept to mindful consumption beyond food and drinks, and people are obliged to assess the products they clean themselves and their homes with.

Fewer toxic chemicals in your home

Zero waste cleaning and self-care products tend to have fewer potentially damaging chemicals (and fewer ingredients in general) meaning a happier, healthier, and more sustainable household. The same is often true for the packaging of these products, and waste reduction through the use of non-toxic materials in packaging (such as plastics and other petroleum-based materials) means fewer issues caused by microplastics in the local, national, and global environment. 

The ultimate goal of zero waste is to help people reuse, repair, and repurpose things that have come to the end of their life. By reusing rather than replacing you can save significant amounts of money, making it another zero-waste lifestyle benefit.

EvCC Styrofoam Recycling Event

EvCC Students for Enviromental Action (SEA) Club and Sustainability Department invites you to be an environmental hero! Bring clean styrofoam, packing peanuts in bags or boxes, bubble wrap and plastic film to be recycled–for FREE! If you are bringing styrofoam, please consider bringing a donation for the Marysville Food Bank of non-perishable food or monetary donations. We hope to collect as much styrofoam as possible; help us spread the word to your family, neighbors, and friends. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Parking Lot F 10am-2pm

What We Accept
EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) Guidelines
 Your material must be:
• Clean
• Dry
• Free of all tape and any labels so it does not contaminate the recycle process.
• Please bag your peanuts separately for drop off
• No contaminated material accepted.
• We will accept any amount, large or small. Sorry, no hot tub covers, please.

To Identify Your Foam:
• Look for the #6 or EPS inside the recycle symbol
• Bend the material – it should break and snap with loose beads

Polystyrene Examples:

Clean Styrofoam

Clean Takeout

Clean Polyethylene

Clean Shipping Coolers

Clean Styrofoam Sheets

Other Materials We Accept:

Packing Peanuts (in bags or boxes please)

Clear bubble wrap

Clear plastic wrapping (Clean & dry material only)

What We Do Not Accept:

Spray-in Foam

Insta-pak Foam

Grey Insta-pak Foam

Foil-covered Foam

Pink or Blue Insulation Foam (XPS)

Hot Tub Covers

More Info 

SEA Club is all about promoting environmental awareness and having fun while learning about current sustainability initiatives. For more information about this event please contact Laura Wild, Club Advisor at

Learn more about EvCC Sustainability!

Mariya Zelenskyy – Media and Outreach Coordinator