Zero waste is not a singular policy; there is no one way to take action. It is an opportunity to be inventive, creative and have fun. Below are just some of the many ways that you can take action.
The People’s Design Lab is a laboratory where anyone, expert or amateur, can experiment with (re)designing products. Their goal is a society where products that cannot be reused, repaired, recycled or composted are simply not produced. Taking action is quick and easy: just spot the most wasteful products and propose a solution. See their website for details.
Break Free From Plastic is an international group of nongovernmental organisations committed to the global challenge of plastic pollution. On the 3rd July, activists took action during International Plastic Bag Free Day. See their website for details on how to join the movement.
The Rubbish Diet team can quite simply be described as the slimming club for bins. Once signed up, participants will receive weekly e-mail updates with tips on how they can slim their bin – the choice is then yours as to which tips you take up and which you don’t. There are three simple steps to the rubbish diet challenge: getting on top of recycling, making the most of your food and shopping smart, fixing, swapping and sharing.
Zero Waste Week is a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste. Whilst formally running for one week in September, regular newsletters and fresh blog content are sent out throughout the year sharing practical experiences and suggestions about waste avoidance.
There are so many community initiatives across the UK. The Restart Project works with communities, schools and companies to use electronics longer. There are clothes swaps (see here for details on where and how to set up your own). Stitched Up is a non-profit cooperative based in Manchester that runs garment making and upcycling workshops. Manchester’s Real Junk Food Project makes meals out of food waste. To make us aware of an initiative (or to set one up yourself), get in contact.