My zero waste journey started when I moved back to Omaha in 2015 after being away for over a decade. Now I feel fully integrated back in the community and much more comfortable with a “mostly zero-waste” lifestyle. Along the way, I have met many others with similar personal sustainability goals (like those in our Zero Waste Omaha Facebook group: join us!). As a result of this journey, I have developed some big ideas for Exist Green in Omaha (Check out Omaha.ExistGreen.com)
In the meantime however, a group of us have compiled a Zero Waste Omaha Sustainable City Guide (map below) to help locate and support establishments that share those goals.
The map contains various layers, which you can toggle by clicking on the arrow on the top left. The map is also available in full page format by clicking in the top right. Once there, you can even bookmark the page for easy reference in the future.
Current categories include
- Shop Zero Waste + Local Food: Seasonal farmer’s markets and grocery stores with a bulk food aisle (i.e. no packaging). Read why here.
- Support Locally Made Products: Locally made, sustainable products. Includes edible goods, soaps, etc.
- Ditch the Paper Cup | BYO: Coffee shops that offer a discount if you bring your own mug. Read why that’s important here. Also includes establishments that allow you to carry out food in your own container (i.e., ice cream in a mason jar!)
- Shop Second-Hand, Donate, Sell: Reduce your footprint by finding “new to you” items and donate/sell items that no longer “add value”
- Eat Responsibly: Support restaurants with “sustainability on the brain” utilizing local food sources, reducing waste, allowing zero-waste take-out etc.
- Learn/DIY: Learn how to make your own goods instead of buying them in packaged form sourced globally
- Recycle/Compost/Dispose Properly: Community recycling centers for those without municipal service + drop-off locations for those hard-to-recycle items
- Sharing is Caring: Instead of purchasing everything you need, support the “sharing community” as part of a minimalist lifestyle.
- Repair: Just because something is broken doesn’t mean it belongs in a landfill. Find local repair shops for anything from your shoes to your vacuum cleaner.
- Opt Outside: Enjoy nature while enjoying a carbon-free outdoor workout.
Additionally, we’ve added customized notes for many of the locations, to better describe what they offer.
This map will continue to be updated. If you have any ideas/recommendations, feel free to reach out to me ([email protected]).
I got the idea for this zero waste city guide from Conscious by Chloe and her Zero Waste Portland city guide. Who knew Google maps had such a cool feature? Side note, her blog is great for both those in Portland and outside of Portland. I especially like the way she stages her DIY and zero waste blog posts. Also, for those visiting Omaha for the first time looking for restaurant recommendations, check out Litterless.co’s zero waste omaha city guide written with support from one of her readers.