Wednesday, April 22, 2015 01:05 PM

THIS EARTH DAY, LAURA CORRALES WILL TELL YOU WHERE TO PUT YOUR TRASH

By Kristin Toussaint @kristindakota[1]

Boston.com Staff | 04.22.15 | 10:47 AM

Laura Corrales worked in the restaurant business for years in her native Colombia. She remembered watching in shock as mountains of food were thrown away, and at the piles of plastic packaging that came from everything used in the kitchen.

I need to do something, she thought.

There has to be a way to change things, she told Boston.com. To motivate people to change the way theyre destroying everything.

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Shes taking a big step today, Earth Day. Corrales helped organize theSustainability unConference [2]at Bostons District Hall, which is dedicated to finding ways to help the environment locally. And shes making it a zero-waste event, meaning nothing will end up in a landfill.

Zero waste is a a philosophy that piggybacks on the environmental ethos of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Waste management has always been a part of sustainability. Were a throwaway society, Corrales said. Zero waste isnt well known, but it can be implemented.

Corrales is in Boston to get her masters in sustainability ...

News source: Boston Globe

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