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.


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


Zero Waste Chicago was founded in 2017 by Moira Kelley, Celia Ristow, and Bailey Warren, when they saw the need for accessible and centralized resources for living a low-waste lifestyle in Chicago.

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Contact Us

We love hearing from folks with questions about zero waste, requests to host a workshop at your business or office, and more.

Drop us a note at hello@zerowastechicago.org, or follow along with us on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.

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