The Essential Zero Waste Blueprint

A year-long holistic journey through twelve zero waste systems.

Getting rid of all the plastic packaging in your life. Eradicating food waste. Hours and hours of frustrating research.

An exhausting work day. Wrangling kids. Convincing the rest of the world recycling isn’t the answer to our environmental problems.

The statistics are frightening and the day-to-day is overwhelming.

Trying to de-trash your life and enact sustainable changes while still living your life can feel totally impossible. We want to live a perfect zero waste life right away when in fact making these changes is a slow, habit-building process.

That’s where The Essential Zero Waste Blueprint comes in.

Each month focuses on a different aspect of zero waste life (the 12 zero waste zones – see below), helping you break down a complex problem into smaller, actionable steps. We’ll tackle a different zone of zero waste living with quick weekly mini-lessons and two live mini-action sessions each month.

The Essential Zero Waste Blueprint will help you craft a personalized plan specific to you and your lifestyle by offering two different actionable tips for every lesson. If you feel super confident about one area, you can choose the more difficult path (Time to Spare tips). If you’re not sure or just aren’t interested in making big changes in another zone, just choose the simpler option (Quick Fix tips).

Here's what a typical written lesson might look like:

Here’s a look at a hypothetical member of The Blueprint community, Selena. (Selena may or may not be modeled after my mom!)

She started by bringing her own mug to get coffee every day and talking about zero waste with her office mates. She wants to continue to make small changes like reducing waste when she goes out. With a long commute, busy work day, and meeting with friends, she hasn’t yet found a way to do it.

By joining Blueprint, she learns how to create a low-waste zero waste kit perfect for her needs (Quick Fix). Then, when she has more free time, she learns how to change her diet in order to drastically reduce her carbon emissions! (Time to Spare)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from almost four years of living zero waste and over a year of running Green Indy, it’s that flexibility is key.

Everyone has different needs – and The Essential Zero Waste Blueprint is here to cater to those needs.

I’ve also learned exploring zero waste alone simply isn’t sustainable. Without a community of like-minded people to talk to, the journey can quickly become overwhelming.

That’s why, in addition to weekly lessons, you’ll get access to the private Zero Waste Blueprint Community.

The community is meant to share wins, ask questions, and learn from others. I’ll also be hosting twice-monthly mini-action sessions.

On the 1st and 15th of each month I’ll be live in the group and totally available to help you work through problems – and teach you hands-on practical skills and DIYs relating to that month’s topic.

Those workshops? Over $350 worth of live education - all included in the price of The Blueprint!

You’ll be able to ask questions, share cool hacks, and bypass hours of fruitless Googling – no matter if you join in January or June.

Join us for one payment of $225 as one of the founding members of the Blueprint community.*

For less than the price of a tank of gas every month, you'll have access to weekly lessons, the Blueprint community, and access to the Zero Waste Holidays video series so you can kick off your zero waste journey before 2019 even begins!

20 Founding Member spots are available - will you be one of the trailblazers?

* $25 off the full price of $250.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?
The Zero Waste Blueprint opens on January 1st. The course content runs for a full 12 months. If you don't begin on January 1st, don't worry! You can sign up at any time - the course has been designed for you to jump right in whether you start in January or July! Your first lesson will become available on the 1st of the month after you've paid.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and you'll get a full refund.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who's seriously interested in zero waste but doesn't have the time to spend hours doing research on everything. Whether you're just starting out or would class yourself as an intermediate zero waste explorer, Blueprint allows you to customize your journey for you and your life!
What are these mini-action sessions?
Mini-action sessions are just a fancy way of saying "live video workshops". On the 1st and 15th of every month, I'll go live in our private community. These workshops will include practical tips, Q&A, and even some live demonstrations! (And don't worry if you can't catch it live - there will be a replay!)

Your Instructor

Polly Barks
Polly Barks

Polly is the founder of, a website dedicated to making zero waste more accessible and spreading eco-activism through community building. She began her zero waste journey in 2015 just above the poverty line in a food desert, which shaped her desire to advocate for accessibility in the movement. Polly also founded Zero Waste Lafayette and runs zero waste workshops, lectures, and a variety of community programs throughout Indiana. She currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana with her very patient husband and cat Lunch Box.

There are two payment options with different discounts for Founding Members:

  1. A one-time payment. Use code EB25OFF for $25 off.
  2. A 3-time payment plan. Use code EB10OFF for $10 off each payment.

This course is closed for enrollment.