NCR Podcast: Reducing plastic waste

A man walks in a garbage dump in Kisumu, Kenya, April 18. (CNS/Baz Ratner, Reuters)

A man walks in a garbage dump in Kisumu, Kenya, April 18, 2017. (CNS/Reuters/Baz Ratner)

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For Catholics seeking to reduce their own consumption of plastics, the parish often provides a first area. Hospitality gatherings after Mass and other social events offer a chance to not only recognize how much waste a community regularly produces, but also an opportunity to do something about it.

NCR staff writer Brian Roewe's three-part series "Reducing Waste" looks at the challenge posed by plastic pollution — the theme of Earth Day 2018 — and how Catholic parishes and communities are taking steps to reduce the waste and change lifestyles.

On the show today:

  • Brian Roewe, editor of Eco Catholic and NCR staff writer

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This story appears in the Reducing waste feature series. View the full series.

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