[012] ZERO WASTE WEEK WITH RACHELLE STRAUSS - Sustainable(ish)

[012] ZERO WASTE WEEK WITH RACHELLE STRAUSS

This is an interview I recorded with Rachelle, the founder of Zero Waste Week in 2017, just before the 10th annual Zero Waste Week.
In it Rachelle shares how she got started on her own zero waste journey, as well as 'fessing up to the fact that her own bin is possibly not be as "zero waste" as we might expect! There's so much great stuff in here, that it seemed ridiculous to keep it gathering dust on my computer rather than being out there in the world inspiring people. So I'm re-publishing it here on the new site and the new podcast just in time for the 2018 Zero Waste Week campaign (3rd-7th September 2018).
Enjoy!

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Useful links

My Zero Waste - Rachelle's blog

The Zero Waste Week website

Rachelle on Twitter - @myzerowaste

Zero Waste Heroes Facebook Group

Zero Waste Week on Pinterest

The Zero Waste Week donations page

The Rubbish Diet (from Karen Cannard)

Freecycle

Freegle

Podcast 009 -  Why we should all recycle LESS (we dig into the 'waste hierarchy' here, and it's not as dull as it sounds, I promise!

Podcast 009 - 4 easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint today

My Sustainable Life FB community(do come and join us!)

The Sustainable Living Hub - for anyone looking for more inspiration, motivation and support to start, or continue on, their sustainable living journey

Here's what you'll learn

  • How Rachelle got started on her Zero Waste journey
  • Why you shouldn't be put off by the term 'Zero Waste'
  • Why our little steps aren't meaningless and how they all add up to create collective impact and change
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    Why Zero Waste Week is for anybody and everybody

Top Tips for Reducing Plastic Use

  • Do a bin audit! There's a handy downloadable pdf from Rachelle here
  • Swap your kitchen bin with your recycling bin
  • Every time you throw something 'away' ask yourself "where is away?"
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    Check with your local council or on www.recyclenow.com what you can actually recycle (because it keeps changing!)
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    Think about the power of your money and make the best choices you can about where to spend it

ACTION
YOU CAN TAKE AFTER LISTENING

BABY STEPS
BIGGER STEPS
  • Do a 'bin audit' - keep your rubbish for a week and dive in to identify your main culprits
  • Join in with a local group to leave your plastic packaging at the supermarket checkout 
  • Write to manufacturers to ask them what they are doing to reduce the plastic pollution caused by their packaging
GREAT STRIDES
  • See if you can go a whole week without creating landfill waste..!

So are you a Zero Waste Week veteran, or is this the first time you've heard of it?
Are you joining in this year?

What are your 'takeaways' from this episode?
What actions can you take THIS WEEK after listening to this?
I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially if you've been inspired to join in with Zero Waste Week - do leave a comment below, or come and join in the conversation in my Sustainable Life community on FB!

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