What is Zero Waste?
At it's most basic a Zero Waste approach is about reducing the amount of stuff that we send to landfill or incinerators, until that amount is zero. In turn it is about redesigning toxic-free products for longevity. Zero Waste in a wider context is about much more. It is about combating climate change, corruption and environmental justice. It is about recognising wasteful situations, questioning proposed solutions and highlighting real solutions provided by Zero Waste initiatives. The main principles of the Zero Waste movement were set by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWAI)...
'Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.
Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health'
Surfers Against Sewage
Take part in bleach clean up's, organise your own or do a #minibeachclean
Young People's Trust for The Environment
Resources and information to help encourage young peoples understanding of the environment
Woman's Environmental Network
Environmental justice through feminist principles
WRAP designs and delivers grant programmes to promote and encourage waste prevention, resource efficiency, renewable energy and the sustainability of products and materials.
Plastic Pollution Collation
Useful information on how to lobby and write to influencers
Plastic Soup Foundation