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Earth First Refill

Sarah Gainey
Sarah Gainey
Faculty Advisor(s)

How can we combat food insecurity with limited access to healthy groceries and products while simultaneously lowering the abundance of food and material waste? In 2017, Winston-Salem consisted of 21 food deserts. These are places in which residents within a certain distance have no access to food. Along with the issues of little-to-no food resources, other places throughout the United States are wasting roughly 16 billion pounds of food per year, combined. This contributes to 11% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.To help with the issues with food waste and food deserts, I have come up with a plan to open up refilleries throughout different food deserts. This will bring many new resources to the surrounding communities while also reducing food waste. These stores also use little-to-no packaging, which also helps lower their environmental impact. These refilleries will be located in buildings that have already been occupied in the past, that way no new buildings are being built. I am keeping the most environmentally friendly products and resources in mind when designing these shops.


Sarah Gainey is a Fleer student at Salem College. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design (concentration in Graphic Design). After graduation, she hopes to continue her education in architecture and acquire a Real Estate License.