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What is Zero Waste?

It sounds complicated.


You may not know any different – stuffing more plastic grocery bags into your already overflowing cabinet, reaching for the bag of chips because pre-packaged food has always been the go-to, throwing out at least one coffee cup per day… I get it.

I’ve been there.

My name is Katie, and I am an Eco-Living Coach in the Denver-Metro area of Colorado. (Like a Life Coach, who focuses on sustainability!)

With a background in education and a passion for living a healthier, more sustainable life, my goal is to provide people with simple steps that can powerfully impact the environment while living their everyday lives. Specifically, I can teach you how to reduce your excess waste by at least 50% in ways that fit your lifestyle. 

Being “Zero Waste” has some misconceptions –  it’s more than just using a metal straw or your canvas grocery bags (although those are good steps), but your end goal doesn’t need to be the one little mason jar of trash that you see some people boast about. Minimizing waste looks different for everybody, and I am here to give you the resources and skills to start your personalized zero waste journey.

Let’s do this together!

Katie Kurpanek, a zero waste consultant
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Want to know the SECRET to making a sustainable lifestyle 

actually sustainable  for YOU??

Transform your lifestyle and make a lasting impact on the planet

– even if you have a busy schedule!

Join Katie Kurpanek, a Mama, Podcaster, & Life Coach, in this FREE virtual training to discover the key to building sustainable habits 

that improve your well-being and strengthen your community.

Learn how to go “zero waste” in 3 simple steps and gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning behind this global movement.

With Katie’s guidance, you’ll see how easy it is to transform your lifestyle, no matter how busy you are.

Don’t wait to start making a positive impact – register now to secure your spot and receive exclusive discounts…

By joining this 30-minute training, you are taking the first step towards making a positive impact on our planet. You can start building sustainable habits today and choose the kind of impact you want to make on this earth!

I want to live sustainably…

How can I get started?


One match starts a fire.

One domino knocks over the entire trail.

One seed grows into a tree with sprawling roots and strong branches that produce fruit year after year…

There’s so much power in “one”, and ONE step is all it takes to begin your journey.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the unknowns,

so I’ve developed several video courses to support you in your efforts to live sustainably.  

Below are 2 of my top-selling options! 

Your Sustainable Guide
Caring for the Earth and Kids
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Still feel overwhelmed? 

That’s ok! There’s plenty of time to figure everything else out. Choose where you want to begin today, and the rest will fall into place. I’ve created That Minimal Life to be a resource you can turn to time and time again. Here’s what you can expect to find: 

– A variety of coaching services are available to you

– The “All Things Sustainable” podcast launched on 01/01/2022, and new episodes are uploaded biweekly, talking with experts across the spectrum of living sustainably and breaking down big topics into actionable steps you can take!

A library of blog posts is available to support you in minimizing your carbon footprint

“Sustainable Sunday” Emails with tips and resources are sent out once a week, plus you receive a FREE starter guide (PDF download) when you sign up below! 

– Interact with me and discover more day-in-the-life kinds of tips and encouragement on my Instagram while I aim to live sustainably as a working mom!

About Katie

eco-living coach

With a background in education and a passion for sustainability, I’m committed to supporting others in their own journeys and helping them recognize their potential to powerfully impact our environment! I can teach you simple steps to reduce your excess waste by at least 50% in ways that fit your lifestyle.   

I want to share a FREE resource with you!


I am so excited to help you begin your zero waste journey and there’s no better time than the present.  

Spoilers! This starter guide does NOT include things like reusable straws, cups, or bags. While these are important, they’re becoming common knowledge. Being “Zero Waste” is more than that, and I want to equip you with 5 simple things you can start doing TODAY with minimal planning, and even better, you don’t have to go out and buy anything new! 

If you’re ready to buy some new things, though — I’m throwing in a BONUS guide with 8 of my top favorite sustainable products! These are things that I have been using on a weekly, if not daily basis within the past 10 years to reduce my personal carbon footprint. Hope it helps you, too! 


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Plastic Bags are used annually?

According to, each year, one trillion single-use plastic bags are used across the planet. If you run the numbers, that’s nearly 2 million every. single. minute. That’s a lot of bags! 

What effect is plastic having on our oceans?

18 billion pounds of plastic waste is ending up in our oceans every year, and there are 25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans — this counts the debris we find on the surface as well as the microplastics which make their way into the deep sea. Every year, more than 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting or being entangled in plastic waste. (source)

Is it enough to just recycle?

Although recycling is definitely important and better than doing nothing, it is not the solution to our excessive waste problem and climate crisis. The average American recycles 30% of our waste, when we could be recycling up to 75%. At the same time, due to our current overload of waste and lack of clear education around how to recycle properly, 9/10 of all solid waste in America is not being recycled. (source)

How much money is spent on plastic packaging per year?

More than 78 million tons of plastic packaging is produced worldwide each year and is worth almost $198 billion. Most of those billions of dollars are being thrown away due to our single-use system! (source)

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