About Us

Who We Are

We are an environmental organization that offers resources and education to increase awareness of alternatives to the traditional waste stream. We seek to divert waste from the landfill through increased recycling and composting, transitioning from disposable items to reusable alternatives, and broader participation in the secondhand market. We believe that every small change helps and that everyone can make an impact.

WHAT WE DO

We highlight helpful resources and local businesses, host workshops and events, and work to build a supportive, inclusive community that encourages Chicago to transition to zero waste.

 

Our Team

 
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moira kelley, co-founder

A Chicago native, Moira grew up digging around her family’s backyard veggie garden and listening to her parents discuss architecture. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication Arts and Italian. Her belief in and love for the second-hand economy led her to open an online vintage clothing shop called The Third Coast in 2012. Moira joined the architecture and design firm Gensler in 2014 where she works as a Marketing Specialist. She lives in Ukrainian Village, Chicago.

Moira can be reached at moira@zerowastechicago.org.

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CELIA RISTOW, CO-FOUNDER

Celia hails from a family of conservationists in Indianapolis, IN. She graduated cum laude from Haverford College with a degree in History and Environmental Studies before moving to Chicago in 2014. By day, she works as a senior digital project manager at The Jellyvision Lab. She also writes the zero waste blog Litterless, which has been featured in The Guardian. She's a big believer in walk commuting, farmers' markets, and building a supportive, inclusive zero waste community. Celia lives and works in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Celia can be reached at celia@zerowastechicago.org.

bailey warren, co-founder

Bailey was born and raised in Slippery Rock, PA, where her love of nature was crafted. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. After completing two terms of service with AmeriCorps coordinating environmental education programs for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, she moved to Chicago in 2014 and became a Project Coordinator at World Business Chicago. She’s an advocate for equity, opportunity, and inclusion. Bailey lives in Edgewater, Chicago.

Bailey can be reached at bailey@zerowastechicago.org.

Get in Touch

Have a question, want to grab coffee, or schedule a workshop? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at hello@zerowastechicago.org, or follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.