Shift culture & commerce in
Spokane, to eliminate waste and the greenhouse gasses it produces for the benefit of all life.
We’re starting a Mend-It Cafe
How we're tackling Plastic Pollution
Learn where we’ll be in person
We are pleased and proud to announce...
We have been awarded a Renew Seed Grant through Nextcycle Washington* to conduct a feasibility study and pilot a Mend-It Cafe in collaboration with Art SalvageOur "Mend-It" Cafe is designed to help divert textile waste from landfill and grow a repair economy here in Spokane. With this effort we will be joining communities around the globe engaged in reuse and repair over replacement. Our aim is to reduce textile waste by offering free mending services, to teach people a variety of repair/sewing techniques and provide an income to menders.
Want to help with our study?
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Come to the Cafe
Saturday May 20th, 11am-2pm
Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley
Bring an item to be repaired
The Cafe is free and open to the public. Learn more about how the Cafe works and join our community on Facebook
PLEASE NOTE: space is limited, please select
“Going” on the Facebook event page if you are bringing an item to be fixed.
*NextCycle Washington, provides funding for projects focused on material waste prevention, reuse, repair, recovery, recycling, and composting to help grow Washington State’s circular economy. Learn more about Repair Cafes
What we do and what we’re planning
Since the beginning Spokane Zero Waste has worked to create systems that produce little or no waste through policy change. We collaborate with some of the smartest, most passionate and determined people committed to the holistic health of the planet.
The Plastic Free Washington Coalition includes the Surfrider Foundation, Zero Waste Washington, WashPIRG, Environment Washington, Oceana, Beyond Plastics, public citizen groups, teachers and amazing human beings. We are proud and honored to work with this team to drive waste-reduction policies and support closed loop systems such as:
Extended Producer Responsibility Explained
Right to Repair Our Mend-It Cafe is a modality of the RtR movement
Our work focuses on education about waste streams, waste reduction strategies and more. Spokane Zero Waste:
Hosts movie screenings
Hosts panel discussions
Tables at Events
Collaborates with local & regional environmental organizations on policy
Runs a Mend-It Cafe
Our vision for the future is:
1. To grow the Mend-It Cafe to include:
Free repair of electronics and furniture along with textiles.
Develop a mentorship program in repair
Grow a line of upcycled goods produced by new immigrants. This not only provides much needed income, it’s also an opportunity for newcomers to interact and integrate with the greater Spokane community.
2. To continue to develop our work and grow our influence over local and state
waste-related legislative issues.
3. To become a resource for educators in teaching concepts related to waste and the systems responsible for producing it. If you’re a teacher looking for ways to bring waste related concepts to life please contact us.
Where you can find us in person
APRIL 22, 2023
2nd Annual Hope for Creation Conference
‘CARE FOR WATER’
at St. John’s Cathedral
The Conference is designed to share a vision of hope for creation; showcase local caretakers of land, water and air; and renew Spokane’s leadership on environmental care which is a legacy of Expo ’74.The theme of this year’s conference is: Care for Water. Last year’s theme was Care for Land.The Conference, is a FREE event, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Food Trucks, Live Music and a Street Fair with over 40 exhibitors.For More information: whitworth.edu/hope-for-creation
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