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zero waste

zero waste at phew!

Our goal is to put out less and less trash each week. Most weeks, there's only one bag of trash. Here's what we do to minimize our waste:

Packaging Waste

  • Cardboard - Most weeks, cardboard gets cut up for Philadelphia curbside recycling. On occasion, local gardeners come for large sheets of cardboard to use for mulching. If you've a garden and are in need of cardboard, do reach out to us on a Wednesday or Thursday! There's always enough to go around! 
  • Paper - Put out for curbside recycling
  • Bubble wrap & packing peanuts - We periodically drop off at Kilian Hardware or our local UPS store for reuse

Waste from Bike Repairs

  • Tubes - When we fix flat tires, we typically replace the tube for a more reliable ride. Customers that want to patch a tube are welcome to stop by and pick up tubes at no cost from our reuse-a-tube tub.  Periodically, we pack up used tubes and ship to Alchemy Goods in Seattle for up cycling into belts, bags and more.  
  • Chains - Are sent to Resource Revival in Oregon.
  • All other metal components, including frames, are put out at the curb for the local scrappers to pick up. They're always gone before the City's trucks come rolling by! 

Bike Cleaning

  • Utilize used products, such as rags, when possible - to reduce manufacturing and landfill use. Soft cotton t-shirts and towels welcome.
  • Launder our rags and wait for a full load before washing. We also use a clothesline to conserve energy.
  • Use all natural, non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning solutions.
  • Use cleaning products that are manufactured with sustainable practices and use recycled material for packaging. We also try to buy in bulk to reduce packaging and shipping (less petroleum consumption and carbon emissions).
  • Use quality equipment to increase longevity, thus reducing manufacturing waste and landfill use. Also, we look for items that are easily recycled.



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