Our Mission:

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

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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:

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

Plastic Free lifestyle Photo by Ishan seefromthesky on Unsplash

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.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Where you can find us in person

APRIL 22, 2023
2nd Annual Hope for Creation Conference
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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