Zero Waste Tableware Lending Library
Bainbridge Island Zero Waste maintains an inventory spreadsheet, which can be perused upon request.
When you write in, please tell us what and when your event is and the approximate number of guests.
Most of the items are located in one spot. Borrowers are expected to make arrangements for pick-up and prompt return. All items should be washed and dried before being returned. Jane Martin, Diane Landry and Susan Knell are the Zero Waste volunteers who run the library, and we will work with you to find a mutually acceptable time for pick-up and return.
Here is a sample of our inventory, with approximate quantities in parentheses:
- drinking glasses, various types (200)
- wine glasses (250)
- forks, dinner (300)/dessert (300), various stainless steel
- knives (400), various stainless steel
- spoons, tea (300)/table (200), various stainless steel
- plates, dinner (260)/ dessert (120) – Corelle and other types
- bowls, various types (34)
- napkins, various solid colors (400)
- round/rectangular tablecloths, various solid colors and sizes (100)
- coffee makers
- water dispensers
- warming trays… and more
You can see all the items by requesting the spreadsheet.
We try not to purchase new for the library, practicing our credo that reuse is better in creating less waste. Some of our acquisitions have come from donations. Currently we are looking for Corelle (any pattern) dinner and dessert plates and bowls. Please contact us if you have any you would like to donate.
The library is free to use. If, after using the service, you feel like making a monetary donation, it will be put to good use in supplementing our library stock with Rotary Auction or Goodwill purchases. If you have something you think might be a possible addition, please let us know.
The loaning “library” is a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for all of your help borrowing items for our son’s wedding reception. Lots of people commented especially on the glass Mason jars. We bought black chalkboard labels and had those out for guests to put their names on their glasses. The bride, a graphic designer, made a nice sign that said, “Here is your glass for the evening.” Thank you again!