The program helps Austinites shop locally in support of the Zero Waste initiative.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – In celebration of Earth Month and Small Business Month, the City of Austin launched the Shop Zero Waste campaign, a program that helps Austin residents shop locally in support of the City’s Zero Waste initiative.
Shop Zero Waste is a new campaign that encourages residents to reduce waste in Austin by shopping at local businesses that sell recycled, upcycled, or reused items. From bike repair to finding a used computer to shopping for products made from recycled materials, shoppers can search for businesses like these on the LocallyAustin website. The website offers a list of more than 100 local [re]Made, [re]Pair and [re]Share LocallyAustin businesses.
“Our small business division is pleased to partner with Austin Resource Recovery to highlight the local businesses that help Austin achieve Zero Waste,” Kevin Johns, Director of the Economic Development Department for the City of Austin, said. “Shopping local is one of the very best ways we can contribute to our local economy, support jobs and keep Austin thriving.”
The City of Austin recognizes that achieving Zero Waste requires new ways of thinking about how we buy, use and dispose of everyday items.
“Instead of buying new products, Austinites can reduce waste by shopping at local businesses that share or repair items, or sell products made with recycled or upcycled materials,” said Bob Gedert, Director of Austin Resource Recovery.
Austin-based clothing company Open Arms is an example of a business embracing this practice.
“Open Arms is pleased that the City of Austin is launching a program to help businesses like mine grow,” said Leslie Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of Open Arms. “We are one of over 100 businesses identified so far that are making a living out of would-be waste, supporting Austin’s local economy, hiring workers, paying taxes, and helping keep Austin economically strong.”
The campaign highlights three kinds of businesses on the LocallyAustin.org website with a unique icon that allows consumers to seek out the products and services they need.
Companies and organizations that make, manufacture or sell products made from recycled, upcycled or reused products, including second-hand stores.
Companies and organizations that offer repair or refurbishing services for household or business items, such as computers, shoes, appliances and vehicles.
Companies and organizations that encourage the sharing of items, especially items not typically needed on a daily basis, such as car sharing, bike sharing, tool sharing and other rental businesses.
The City of Austin encourages local businesses making or selling products or services that meet the criteria to complete an application to be added to the LocallyAustin database. To learn more visit the City of Austin’s Shop Zero Waste webpage or start shopping today at LocallyAustin.