Locations:5214 Monte Vista St. Los Angeles, 90042
Contact:(323) 274-4383 hello@sustainLA.com
Leslie Campbell worked in restaurants for over twenty years. Throughout her career in food, she witnessed food waste accumulating and single-use materials piling up on a daily basis.
She knew this needed to change. While working in food, Leslie organized numerous sustainable improvement projects within the prominent restaurant she worked at. These changes were met positively, and she continued to put her knowledge into action.
Ultimately, Leslie’s success in implementing solutions in the restaurant space motivated her to launch Sustain LA in 2009. Leslie began cooking up zero waste solutions for local businesses, events and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area. She expanded to consulting on larger scale events such as the Silverlake Jubilee and Sierra Nevada beer festivals. She reached out to working groups and friends to spread the message wherever she could.
Five years later, she brought a daughter into the world. Her life changed and so had the zero waste movement. “Zero waste had become a social media explosion,” she said. It was her mission to hone in on the conversation and make it accessible to everyone.
In 2018, Sustain LA launched the first Zero Waste Refill Station in Los Angeles for household cleaners, body care products and plastic-free alternatives to everyday essentials. Prior to the pandemic, Sustain LA operated a brick-and-mortar location, pop-ups at local farmers’ markets and a delivery service to select zip codes throughout Los Angeles. The Safer at Home restrictions that took effect in March 2020 suspended in-store shopping, but this didn’t stop Leslie and team from finding ways to encourage Angelenos to do their part to minimize waste.
The team used the time to innovate and inspire their local community. They took phone orders while building an online store, expanded delivery zones by over twenty zip codes, and created a container-deposit-return system to allow customers to continue safe, zero waste refills and avoid single-use disposables.
In the first seven months of the pandemic, Sustain LA prevented the consumption of over 18,500 plastic bottles, which is equal to over 2,000 pounds of plastic. They did this by offering products in bulk for refilling, encouraging the refill community to bring their own containers for refilling, and with the innovative container-return program.
Sustain LA is also an educational and environmental justice resource for the community. They offer no-cost Zero Waste workshops which highlight the traditional philosophies of using what you have and buying only what you need. Through these workshops and online content, they also provide local, national and global resources for environmental advocacy.
Leslie lives with her husband and their daughter. They maintain a zero-waste lifestyle consisting of public transportation and plenty of time in the outdoors. You can shop Sustain LA’s store online (https://shop.sustainla.com/) or in-store. Shoppers can also refill at Sustain LA’s contact-free pickup station in the store parking lot.
TIP FOR CLIPPER NATION:
Refill household essentials, such as, body care products, or food and beverages containers to reduce plastic pollution and to save money!
LEARN HOW AT:https://sustainla.com/