Step Up Your Sustainability Webinar

Whether you’re just starting out on your zero waste journey or you’re looking to level up your sustainable lifestyle, join I Love A Clean San Diego on Thursday, June 13, at 12 p.m. for our free Step Up Your Sustainability webinar! We’ll cover how to create zero waste habits in your current routines, how to repurpose old items, and how to properly dispose of the waste you produce! In addition you’ll learn:

  • Eco-friendly product swaps
  • DIY recipes
  • How to compost without an outdoor space
  • Low waste habits for pets, hobbies, and your home

Registration is required. Participants who cannot attend live are encouraged to register to receive the recording and additional resources. Thank you to the City of Poway for sponsoring this event!

9th Annual Sustainable Solutions Fair

Join us for a fun and unique celebration of all things sustainability! I Love A Clean San Diego, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, is hosting the 9th annual Sustainable Solutions Fair on Saturday, June 22, from 10AM-1PM at the EUSD Farm Lab.

This one-of-a-kind event will highlight tips on low-waste living, composting, recycling, sustainable swaps for everyday products, and more. All are welcome – from sustainable living beginners to zero waste experts.

Come ready to experience a wide array of zero waste activities, including informative panel speakers, booths from sustainable companies, and hands-on low waste DIYs.

Please register on CleanSD.org for the full schedule and more event details. Can’t wait to see you there!

Art Exhibition

Let your creativity and paintbrush flow at ILACSD’s ‘World without Water: Solution to Pollution’ art exhibition event taking place early in March. Stay tuned for location specifics!

At this family friendly event, you will:
• Check out the art exhibition created by emerging young artists
• Paint your own ocean centric masterpiece
• Visit educational booths

This is a two-part event series. For more information, visit our event series landing page.
Register to receive your free ticket and event details! Thank you to Think Blue San Diego for sponsoring this event.

Step Up Your Sustainability Webinar

Whether you’re just starting out on your zero waste journey or you’re looking to level up your sustainable lifestyle, join I Love A Clean San Diego on Tuesday, January 30, at 1 p.m. for our free Step Up Your Sustainability webinar! We’ll cover how to create zero waste habits in your current routines, how to repurpose old items with new uses, and how to properly dispose of the waste you do produce! More specifically:

  • Eco-friendly product swaps
  • DIY recipes
  • How to compost without an outdoor space
  • Low waste habits for pets, hobbies, and your home

Registration is required. Participants who cannot attend live are encouraged to register to receive the recording and additional resources. Thank you to the County of San Diego for sponsoring this event!

Zero Waste at Home Workshop

If you’re looking to eliminate waste from your daily routine, join I Love A Clean San Diego for our free Zero Waste at Home workshop on Saturday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Otay Mesa-Nestor Library! During this workshop, we’ll cover:

 

  • Zero waste practices to adopt in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and home common areas
  • Sustainable product swaps
  • Recommendations for local zero waste businesses

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to make and take home DIY zero waste cleaning and personal care products, and we will have our Swap and Shop booth open anyone who wants to browse through secondhand clothes, books, toys and other trinkets.

 

Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Visa gift card, distributed at the end of the workshop.

 

Registration is required. Thank you to the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department for sponsoring this event. We can’t wait to see you at the Otay Mesa-Nestor Library on January 20!

Green Business Solutions Webinar

Wondering how to make your workplace more sustainable?

On Wednesday, January 24th, I Love A Clean San Diego is partnering with Wells Fargo to host a free Green Business Solutions Webinar. Join us at 4pm PST for an informational and interactive presentation focusing on zero waste business practices! Whether you work in an office, remotely, a restaurant, or in retail, we will have valuable information for all business models.

During this webinar, we will discuss:
• The importance of a zero waste workplace
• How to implement lasting sustainable practices at your business
• How to increase employee engagement
• How going green can improve company culture and economic growth

Join us from 4:00pm-5:00pm on January 24th for this event. Please register to receive the Zoom link. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Email kcorbran@cleansd.org with “Green Business Webinar” in the subject line.

8 Tips for a Zero Waste Holiday Feast

Food is the highlight of many of our holiday traditions and memories. We can all think of a holiday dish that makes us smile and our mouths water instantly. Yet, San Diegans dispose of 500,000 tons of food each year. During the holidays, millions of pounds of uneaten turkey, gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, and other seasonal trimmings unfortunately end up in the landfill. This accounts for ⅓ of all food that is wasted each year.

According to a recent study, food waste amounts to the cost of approximately $1,500 per year, per family. Wasted food also wastes money, time, labor, transportation, water, and land used in food production. Aside from this waste, food decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) in landfills releasing methane gas, a driver of global climate change that is up to 86 times more potent in trapping heat than carbon dioxide. San Diego County residents have the power to change this during the holiday season, and the study suggests that the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect place to start!  

Implementing some simple changes can reduce your food waste and support a healthy environment. Here are some simple tips to save money and help the environment while enjoying delicious holiday meals.

Cook and serve with a plan

The easiest way to reduce food waste during the holidays is to buy and prepare the right amount of food. Save the Food, a campaign of the Ad Council in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, created a tool to help save money and time while reducing food waste. Their Guest-imator helps create a menu based on how many people are attending the holiday feast.

Once the home chef knows roughly how much food is needed, create a detailed shopping list and stick to it. This will prevent getting sucked in by holiday displays appealing sales throughout the store, sometimes causing excessive purchases that may not be needed and may not actually be eaten.

When shopping for ingredients, opt for unpackaged items or bring your own cloth bags to minimize unnecessary waste further. In case there isn’t a package-less option for your groceries, learn how to Recycle Right on this county website.

Shop at local farmers’ markets

Nothing better than a festive farmer’s market! Visit one of the 36 certified farmers’ markets in San Diego County and buy local, unpackaged produce directly from regional farmers. View this resource from the county for a list of regional certified farmers’ markets.

Embrace all foods

When shopping, most people select the best-looking produce, meaning the “ugly” fruits and vegetables are often left on the shelves. If these items are not sold in time, they may be destined for the landfill. This wasted produce has the same vitamins and nutrients as their “prettier” counterparts but is not chosen simply because of looks. Give all produce a chance at the grocery store or farmers’ markets, especially if the chosen produce is part of a larger dish.

Go for plant-based meals

Did you know it takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef? Incorporating more plant-based foods into holiday celebrations, such as green bean casserole, lentil shepherd’s pie, and stuffed peppers, can cut the environmental cost of meals significantly. Find more plant-based holiday recipes here.

Shrink serving sizes

During the meal, reduce portion waste by using smaller dishes and smaller serving spoons – seriously, it works! People can always come back for seconds.

Anticipate yummy leftovers

Having a plan for leftovers is another way to ensure that the food prepared is eaten. After all, half the goodness of holiday food is in the delicious leftovers the next day. Provide containers for guests to take remaining food home, freeze leftovers for a later date, or use those leftovers in creative ways. Some recipe ideas can be found here.

Donate unused items – WasteFreeSD.org

Visit WasteFreeSD.org for more tips, including how to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer, and for donation locations for regional food pantries. Currently, about 1 in 4 people in San Diego County are nutritionally insecure.

Spare your drains

Prevent the “fatberg.” Another important way to protect our environment (and your plumbing) this holiday season and year-round is to properly manage used cooking oil. Deep-fried turkeys have become an increasingly popular holiday tradition, but can use up to three gallons of cooking oil. When discarded down drains, oils, fats, and greases can block pipes and damage plumbing systems. Contrary to popular belief, mixing oil with soap or pouring hot water down the drain afterward are ineffective methods for preventing “fatbergs” that cause sewage backups.

Fortunately, there are free drop-off locations for used cooking oil. Collect cooled cooking oils in a secure lidded container labeled “used cooking oil.” Do not mix chemicals or other liquids with the cooking oil. To find the closest drop-off location, visit the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste database, WasteFreeSD.org, or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).

Residents interested in learning more about food waste reduction can visit the County of San Diego’s Recycling website. To learn more about composting resources and options, please visit WasteFreeSD.org and click on Resources.

Sustainable Saturday at Valley Center Library

Join us for Sustainable Saturday at Valley Center Library – a morning of activities to help us all be more sustainable! Join us at 9 a.m. for a litter cleanup around the Valley Center neighborhood, and/or 10 a.m. for a Swap Party and Fix-It-Clinic in the Library. There will also be resource booths with County information about recycling, composting, and more!

    • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Watershed Warriors Valley Center Cleanup (Registration Encouraged): We will be set-up with a check-in table and cleanup supplies at the Valley Center Library. Join us at 9 a.m. to grab supplies and help us clean up to protect the San Luis Rey watershed! After the cleanup, you can get service credit in your Community Hub dashboard. Learn more about this cleanup here!
    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Clothing Swap: Update your wardrobe before the summer season and help divert textile waste from our local landfills! Bring your gently used clothing items to exchange them for other items at no cost. By participating in the swap you will be 👉 Helping to conserve natural resources 👉 Reducing the environmental footprint of producing new goods 👉 Building community. Learn more about Swap Parties here!
    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. SD Fixit Clinic (Registration strongly encouraged): Bring your broken, non-working items—electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, and more—for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you take apart and troubleshoot your item. Even if we can’t fix it, you’ll learn more about how it was made and how it works. Learn more and sign-up to bring an item here!
    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seed Bombs Workshop and Seed Library hosted by The Valley Center Library
    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Community Resources: Check-out our information tables to learn more about recycling, composting, and wellness resources available to County residents!

A few things to keep in mind:

    • You can attend any or all of these activities – separate or together, whatever you have time and interest for! The cleanup will kick-off at 9 a.m. outside the library, and the Swap Party, Fix-It-Clinic, and resource booths will be kicking off around 10 a.m. inside the library.
    • We ask that you register for the Cleanup and for the SD Fixit Clinic, so we can be prepared with supplies, tools, and volunteer experts to help with breaking down broken appliances. You can register for each event by following the links above, or clicking “Register” below. No registration needed for any of the other activities – but we encourage you to bring some lightly used items for the Swap Party!

Litter Free La Mesa: Murray Drive Cleanup

Join the City of La Mesa and I Love a Clean San Diego for a litter cleanup event along Murray Drive on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Check in at Briercrest Park (street parking along Wakarusa Street) at 9am to talk about recycling and reducing waste, then grab supplies and safety vests to help clean up along Murray Drive.

This is the second Litter Free La Mesa cleanup event. Keep an eye out for more cleanup events coming to different neighborhoods in La Mesa throughout the year. Due to limited space, registration is required.

This event requires a signed release-of-liability waiver, and anyone under 18 needs a waiver signed by a guardian.

Green Business Solutions Webinar

Wondering how to make your workplace more sustainable? On Wednesday, June 21st, I Love A Clean San Diego is partnering with Wells Fargo to host a free Green Business Solutions Webinar. Join us at 4pm PST for an informational and interactive presentation focusing on zero waste business practices! Whether you work in an office, restaurant, retail, or remotely we will have valuable information for all business models.