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Tara McKenna created The Zero Waste Collective blog and lifestyle website to inspire people worldwide to live more sustainably with less waste and more joy!

Find practical content on the blog to help you make informed decisions to reduce your waste, improve your life, and have a positive impact on people and the planet. Check out the book!

On The Zero Waste Collective you'll find:

  • Information and Inspiration on low waste & sustainable living

  • Tips on minimalism and how to live with and consume less

  • Sustainable brands & products

  • Eco-friendly campaigns

Please note that this blog has been retired. I'm now focused on self-care and wellness, so if that interests you too, check out and @mindfully_tara

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About The Zero Waste Collective

Meet Tara McKenna


Hi there, and welcome! I'm Tara, founder of The Zero Waste Collective and author of Don't Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy.


Based in Canada, I started my low-waste journey early in 2017. I've always been environmentally conscious, but travelling has been the biggest eye-opener to our global trash problem.


From snorkelling with trash in Bali, Indonesia, to picking up litter on trails in Southern Ontario, Canada, it has become obvious to me that waste is a worldwide issue.

The solution as I see it? Reduce our waste and be mindful consumers with a progress over perfection mindset. Together with the government, corporations and other dedicated organizations, we can make a difference together for a brighter future.

New to zero waste? Start with Zero Waste 101!

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Speaking & Media

Speaking events: McCain, Aviva, Loop, Green Living Show, Industrious, Guelph Zero Waste Festival, IG Wealth Group, Autumn Communications, Youth Environmental Network of York Region, Canadian Public Accountability Board, and more!

Featured in: Simplify Magazine, Globe and Mail, USA TODAY, mindbodygreen, CBC News (Interview with Michael Serapio - below), CBC Radio, iHeart Radio, Guelph Mercury Tribune (Top 20 Under 40), Breakfast Television, Global News - The Morning Show, CP24, CHCH, CTV - The Social, Guelph Today, BaYou With Love, Home in Canada, FASHION Magazine, thredUP, Innovating Canada, CNN, The Papaya Podcast, This Family Tree Podcast, The Stacking Benjamins Podcast, TELUS Talks, and more!

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Land Acknowledgement

Tara McKenna lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Guelph is situated on treaty land that is rich indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Tara acknowledges the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples on whose traditional territory Tara lives and works.

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