Zero Waste Week is an annual awareness campaign for reducing landfill. Helping you save money and preserve resources since 2008.
A zero-waste lifestyle is one of the best ways to tackle climate change within your own home. In addition to being conscious of saving water, turning off your lights and walking instead of driving, small tweaks to everyday life can contribute to less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. This would have a serious impact and as a result, we would see less landfill, meaning less emission of greenhouse gases.
Eirian pledges to build awareness, educate and inspire her community to reduce their waste. She’s committed to finding more ways to change her own habits - let’s grow together and preserve our planet.
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Day One challenge - Knowledge is power
Read one article on the impact that landfill has on climate change, and locate your nearest landfill site so you can see how close to home the issue hits.
If you’re short of time, here are four articles to choose from:
Day Two Challenge - Climate change in the Kitchen
We all eat every day so small changes in your kitchen soon accumulate to have a big impact. The best areas to start with are in your food waste, your shopping habits and how you dispose of the food waste that you do make.
A list of zero-waste shops all around the UK so you can find your nearest one.
References & reading resources
Day three challenge - Day 3 – Climate Change in your Closet
KNOW HOW YOUR CLOTHES GOT TO YOU & FIGHT THROW AWAY CULTURE
According to Oxfam, the global textiles industry is proving to be devastating for people and our planet – contributing to 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions which affect climate change. That’s more polluting than aviation and shipping combined. On the production end, unsustainable manufacturing processes use huge amounts of water, chemicals and carbon to create clothes on an industrial scale. These clothes have been dubbed ‘fast fashion’, as they are made extraordinarily quickly and are designed to last for a short period of time before a new trend takes over. This fast and cheap method of production also produces a lot of textile waste.
Issues also arise on the consumer end, as buyers want the latest trends. This leads to buying far more items and throwing away barely-worn clothing to make room for a never-ending stream of new ones. This is a new phenomenon fuelled by ‘fast fashion’, as the average consumer buys 400% more clothing than 20 years ago. An increased consumption leads to an increase in waste, as people buy and throw away clothes at an unsustainable rate. Recent research showed that in the UK, 300,000 tonnes of textile waste ends up in household waste bins every year, sent to landfill or incinerators. More waste leads to larger landfills which means more greenhouse gases and global warming. Luckily, as we all wear clothes, we have an opportunity everyday to make choices to minimise waste and combat climate change.
CHANGE THE WAY YOU SHOP, LOOK AFTER THE CLOTHES YOU ALREADY OWN
Question why you’re shopping? Do you actually need to buy something new? Or can you borrow something off a friend for a special occasion?
Go through your wardrobe and find an old piece of clothing that you haven’t worn in a long time. Try and incorporate it into an outfit and focus on loving what you have!
Try and go to physical shops if you can and steer clear of online shopping. Not only is it much easier to fill up a virtual basket with unnecessary items (and spend far more than you had anticipated), but the excessive packaging that accompanies online clothes orders will most likely end up in landfill. Also try and limit the amount of time you spend looking at clothes and only go out shopping when you need a certain item.