It’s Zero Waste Week – Start doing one more thing…
This week we’re celebrating Zero Waste Week. Whether you’re a recycling beginner or a seasoned pro, an individual or business owner, there are plenty of reasons for everyone to get involved. Last year in west London almost 305,000 tonnes of rubbish was sent straight to landfill and a further 106,000 tonnes were burned to generate energy. So there’s a lot to work with!
Last week we gave you some ideas you could try and this is the week to put them in practice! You can make a pledge now to do “one more thing” to reduce your waste and join hundreds of other people in making a positive impact on the environment and on your budget. Your zero waste pledges will join many others on the Zero Waste Week website. Your simple action, along with your friends, neighbours and Zero Waste strangers online will help create a more sustainable, waste free world. By making a pledge you’ll also get daily emails this week with loads of useful tips to keep you motivated.
If you feel you could try just one more thing you can also sign up for The Rubbish Diet – a diet for your bin that is. It was started by Karen Cannard, a mother of 2, who took the challenge issued by her local council see if the average person really could create zero waste. In 2008 after 8 weeks of doing just one more thing, she threw away only a single plaster. While most of us probably won’t get down to a single item, many dieters find they easily reduce their waste by half. Why not consider signing up as your pledge this week? If you’ve already joined the diet, take this week as your opportunity to practice your skills. You could even challenge yourself to have a waste free week!
There are lots of other ways to get involved in Zero Waste Week. It’s easy to do ‘one more thing’ to reduce landfill waste. Here’s a few more ideas to get you on the path toward zero waste.
- Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter so you can get more ideas straight to your phone
- Refill your own water bottle instead of buying a new one every time.
- Shop in your cupboards for the week and prevent food waste- make it easier by browsing these Use It Up! recipes
- Recycle your unwanted or broken small electrical items instead of putting them in a bin bag, there are local recycling banks in Hounslow and Ealing
- Come along to the Swish in Harrow at the weekend
- Get your community involved- set up a recycling group or eco committee in your workplace or school
- Help a friend or a neighbour to do one more thing
- Send a selfie of you holding up a piece of paper saying “I’ve taken the Zero Waste Week pledge” or “I’m pledging to ….. for Zero Waste Week!” to email@example.com
- Visit our stall at Brentford Festival on 7th September to see if we can give you more tips to reduce your waste
- Check out the events we can do with local groups and get in touch to arrange one with us