How to minimise your waste during Zero Waste Week and beyond

People across the UK are being challenged to be more mindful of waste and to minimise the amount of stuff they throw away, as part of Zero Waste Week.

Zero Waste Week, which runs from 2-6 September 2019, is asking people to think twice before throwing anything in the bin to help save money, protect the environment and address the threat of climate change.

Rachelle Strauss, founder of Zero Waste Week said: “It’s clear that the Great British Public has a growing concern about the effects of climate change. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that the aim of this year’s campaign is to illustrate how a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of the easiest ways to tackle climate change within your home and business.

“It’s vital that businesses, governments and citizens come together in a bid to call time on the ticking time bomb of climate change. By making Zero Waste Week accessible to all, we can make a huge difference and I look forward to building on the success of previous campaigns.”

Zero Waste Week have made the following recommendations for anyone wanting to minimise their waste:

  • Only buy food you need – take an inventory before shopping
  • Find a piece of clothing you’ve not worn for ages and find a way to incorporate it into an
    outfit you love
  • Replace a disposable product with a reusable option, such as batteries or kitchen cloths
  • Search for ultra-concentrated products to reduce packaging
  • Sign up to a gifting economy such as Freecycle, Freegle or Olio
  • Learn some basic repair skills such as sewing or soldering
  • Choose recycled products to close the loop and increase demand for recycled items
  • Sign up for a vegetable box scheme or use a local farmers market
  • Find your nearest refill station and ditch the bottled water habit
  • Support local businesses who sell products with minimal packaging

Zero Waste Week began in 2008 in the UK, and the  team help individuals, businesses, organisations, schools, universities and community groups reduce landfill waste, save money and preserve resources. Zero Waste Week, which occurs in September each year, has now become an international campaign.

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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