Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can do better and work to decrease our footprint on this beautiful Earth that gives us life. A huge goal for opening and running Resurrect has been to be a green business on many different levels, such as; offering products created by individuals that have sustainability in mind and that they are able to earn a fair wage selling their products, finding products to sell that are made within our local community to reduce shipping costs/pollution, choosing products that have no packaging or have packaging that is biodegradable, and/or is easily recycled, using energy efficient or natural products during our work day, and providing bags/boxes to our customers that are made out of recycled materials and are recyclable/compostable.
I wanted to highlight some local businesses in Oakland that have really stood out to me and are great resources in reducing out footprint. Here they are:
My son is now 11 months old and we have been using Earthbaby compostable diapers since he was born. This company is incredible! So far, they have diverted 6,401,202 pounds of diapers from the landfill. The dirty diapers/wipes/trash bags are composted at their facility and after 14 weeks are turned into usable compost! The finished compost is sold commercially as a blended topsoil and used for landscaping, sod growing, and roadside plantation projects. Here is the future of diapering!
I know what you are thinking— this must be expensive. There is a monthly fee of $34 for pick up and drop off of the diapers and products and you do have to purchase your diapers directly from Earthbaby, but honestly the price of these compostable diapers is comparable to regular diapers. After doing a quick Google search, Pampers cost $2.10-$3.72 per diaper and my son’s diapers are $2.58 each right now. These diapers are also made out of better ingredients than normal diapers and he has NEVER gotten a diaper rash (seriously!). If you can afford the monthly pick up/drop off fee (they pick up your diapers and drop them off for you— no late night trips to the store for diapers!) then this is for you. For all of you future parents, check this out! This service is only available in the Bay Area, but will hopefully continue to spread far and wide.
I have been lucky to have several housemates that have worked for StopWaste and have learned so much from them about recycling, large bulk pickups, etc… Stopwaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle more, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently. They are a public agency governed by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, and the Energy Council. They are an incredible resource for learning more about recycling, garbage removal, and local environmental laws and ordinances for your home, work, and for local schools. Check them out!
For over 30 years the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (“The Depot”) has been a leading pioneer in the field of reuse. The Depot was founded in the late 1970s by a group of Oakland Unified School District teachers for the purpose of providing ecological, reused supplies at low cost to educators with dwindling budgets. In 1993, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (now StopWaste.org) awarded the Depot a major service contract to operate Project Create (an environmental education program) and Trash to Treasures (an annual junk art contest), and funded these programs until 2004. They are located in the Temescal District in Oakland, just a mile from Resurrect at 4695 Telegraph Avenue. You can donate numerous things here (call ahead!). This place is a teacher, artist, and maker’s dream world of affordable supplies, tools, and materials. I have gotten so many treasures here over the years and regularly donate art supplies that I am no longer using.
I would love to hear of more of your favorite zero waste or eco Bay Area companies! Let’s keep this conversation going all year long. Thanks for reading!— Kate, Owner of Resurrect