Ithaca / Finger Lakes Reduces

Reduces program is our most current and active project.

We simply ask local businesses to put our Reduces stickers on to let their customers know they welcome BYO (Bring Your Own containers, cups, utensils, bags, etc.) to reduce use of single-use disposables.

In this way, we help ourselves to part with single-use that is wreaking havoc on the planet in our everyday life, and also help our local businesses save substantial cost for disposables and its trash removal. Win-win!

31 businesses participate in our Reduces program as of March 20, 2022 since we have started canvassing a few weeks ago.

Please read more about Ithaca / Finger Lakes Reduces.

For our other projects, please see Our Projects.

Our Reduces program is heartfully sponsored by Sustainable Tompkins neighborhood mini-grant. Thank you!

Who We Are

We are a grassroots volunteer group founded in 2018 based in Ithaca, New York, USA, advocating for sustainable Zero Waste system – a climate imperative.

The mission of the group is to promote Zero Waste policies and culture, toward prosperity without growth (from Tim Jackson’s bestseller book title). Our long-term goal is to make Ithaca / Tompkins a Zero Waste City or Municipality. See Zero Waste City Masterplan from GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives).

We also have fun going for hikes, trash pickups, dumpster observations, “junk in trunks”, gift exchanges in Buy Nothing groups, zero waste gardening, fixing, mending and doing crafty things and sharing zero waste hacks.

We think Zero Waste is not only a serious climate goal, but also it is a way to bring all kinds of people together for the right purposes.

Read more about us in About.


We are a proud GAIA member. GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries. We envision a just, zero waste world built on respect for ecological limits and community rights, where people are free from the burden of toxic pollution, and resources are sustainably conserved, not burned or dumped. 

We are a Beyond Plastics affiliate. Beyond Plastics is a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. Its mission is to end plastic pollution by being a catalyst for change at every level of our society.

We are a part of National ReUse Network and Reusable Community Coalitions by Upstream. Upstream was founded in 2003 as a public-interest, non-profit organization by a group of Zero Waste activists in the US and Canada working on upstream solutions such as reusables initiatives. Upstream helped create #BreakFreeFromPlastic, an international movement.

On January 27, 2022, we co-hosted our first webinar on single-use plastics, with support from our friends from Zero Waste Warren County, with over 300 registrants from around the world. We had incredible guests from Toronto, Berkeley and Silicon Valley. Thank you for your support!

Hierarchy of Rs - Recycling is the last resort.  The photo courtesy of @refillworthing on instagram.

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