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From Wasteful to Resourceful: The Six R’s of Sustainability by Samantha Smith

February 27 @ 7:00 pm


WATCH RECORDING: https://youtu.be/7R_UM0v33uk

When curbside recycling began in the 1970s, it seemed like a real solution that was pretty simple and easy to do, but a lot has changed in the last fifty years. We now understand that while it is part of the solution, we can’t just recycle our way out of the ever-increasing problem of what to do with our waste.

Learn how to prevent waste locally, and what more can be done. You will also find out where local resources exist beyond our curbside recycling carts for more challenging materials like compost and metal, right down to toiletry items like razor blades, and toothbrushes.

The ‘6 Rs’ are: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse, Rethink, and Repair. These are all terms related to ways we can lead a more sustainable life and lessen our impact on the environment.

The 6 Rs focus on sustainable products, and our relationship with them. They remind us of an overall ethos to be more environmentally friendly, as well as straightforward, practical measures to consider before we buy things or discard them. They encourage us to live a life of zero waste.

Samantha Smith grew up and attended University in Michigan. In 2007, she graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering, from Kettering University. She started her manufacturing career when she was 18, while going to school, and spent 17 years working in various manufacturing roles (Engineering, Maintenance, Production, and Quality Assurance).

Her career in manufacturing spanned several different product types, varying from automotive parts/sub-assemblies, to cabinetry, to food production. She was often involved in start-ups of new products, new equipment, or new plants. In one role with Post Foods, her plant manager planted a seed when he told her that she was more of an entrepreneur. At the time, she didn’t even know what that word meant. Over the years as she began to understand that word and realized he might be right.

In 2015 she took a job with Amy’s Kitchen, in White city, and has been in the Rogue Valley ever since. She fell in love with all the natural beauty and fun activities that this area has to offer. She took up mountaineering, rock climbing, and her favorite to date is canyoneering.

Learn More: https://practicalaction.org/the-6-rs

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February 27
7:00 pm
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Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library – RVML
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Ashland, Oregon 97520
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