Events taking place during Zero Waste Week 2019

September 1

Time Time is Now: Extinction Rebellion Public Talk 12:00-14:00. Colchester Arts Centre

In this free talk Dr Larch Maxey, part of the central Extinction Rebellion (XR) team will facilitate a session which explores what’s next for XR in the UK and how to mobilise for the Autumn rebellion starting on 7 October.
At Church St, CO1 1NF Colchester, Essex. Read more on their Facebook event page.

All Week – Sept 2 – Sept 7

Zero Waste Week at the Front room, High Wycombe

A week of workshops and talks to support everyone to reduce the waste they produce finishing with a pop up market, showcasing the very best Bucks has to offer.

Monday – Family focus
Tuesday- Home
Wednesday- Food and Health focus
Thursday- Mending Caffe
Friday- Impact
Saturday – Pop up market, featuring – FourState, Tweedles Handmade, Khepera Cic, Fill, FizzyFuzz, Eco dreams, Eco Bonobo, Myra Hutton Textiles, Barley Bay, Chiltern Crafts

Find more about daily events on Facebook.

Zero Waste Week events in Bucks

There are numerous events taking place throughout Bucks, including community fridges, refill projects and nappy libraries. Find out more here.

September 2

An educational workshop at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New York state, USA. 9:30am-1:30pm

Come to the Minnewaska Nature Center on Labor Day to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating trash, especially the huge amounts of waste generated from single-use plastics. Engage in fun activities for all ages to estimate your volume of trash per year, to understand the impact of landfills on our environment, and to see where changing your habits may make a big difference.

Screening of 2040 at Dendy Cinema Opera Quays, Sydney, Australia at 6:30pm

2040 is a documentary that explores what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with guest speakers. More here.

Green pop up shop in Emery Gate, Chippenham

Discover products, watch a professional upcycler at work and bring your crisp packets to be recycled at this family shop / workshop. More details here.

Second hand September – your home!

Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable. Now there’s something you can do to help. Join Oxfam’s Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

September 3

BBC ‘War on Plastic’ Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion, London. 6-9pm

Attend this special public screening of the first episode of the acclaimed BBC documentary ‘War on Plastic’.

The screening will followed by a panel discussion with our zero waste speakers talking about the different topics raised in the documentary and a Q&A session with questions from the audience. More details here.

Aylesbury Zero Waste Market 9am-2pm

Pop along to see local businesses and community groups with zero waste products and ideas.

Joined with the Vintage & Craft Bazaar there will be lots of independent businesses helping you make a positive change during this year’s Zero Waste Week. The Junk Orchestra will also be there to entertain and make some music from junk! More details on the facebook events page.

September 4

Cookery School at Little Portland St 6:30-9pm

Join us for a (waste) free workshop at one of our Small Change, Big Difference cookery classes. Learn some sustainable food tips and make your own dinner – then hang around to eat it with us. Make Leftover smoothies, dressings, cakes, pudding, soup and bread. Tickets here.

September 5

Crystal City Business Improvement District – Arlington, Virginia

Every week we host a Food Truck Thursdays event with about 4 food trucks who sell lunch to our community. For Zero Waste Week, all trucks have agreed to use compostable utensils and containers and we will be collecting compost from all customers at our event as well as from the food trucks themselves at the end of the event. We will also be collecting recycling and educating attendees about Zero Waste Week and how they can set up an office compost system.

Create your own upcycled kit for zero waste living! Manchester. 6:30-9pm

During this 2.5 hour workshop you’ll create either an upcycled drawstring produce bags from repurposed netting, net curtain and tent guy ropes or shopping bags from an upcycled tent – the fabric scrunches up really small so you can keep it in your bag at all times. Never need a carrier bag again! Book tickets here.

Made in Hackney cookery class. 6:30-9pm

Learn how to make tasty, filling meals with potatoes, including Red lentil & coconut soup, Veg burgers (with leftover potatoes and canned black beans) and Potatoes and courgette dauphinoise gratin. More info here.

September 6

Upcycling Fabric Workshop 18:00 -21:30 at Get Loose Foods, Hackney City Farm, London, E2 8QA

Come along to make; Tote bags, reusable grocery bags, reusable menstrual pads*. No sewing experience required, volunteers will be on hand to help you. Suitable for all ages.
Shop tour 18:00 -19:00. Sewing event runs 19:00 – 21:30 Vegan cold buffet and drinks provided. *If you wish to make menstrual pads please bring an old towel or flannel to make the absorbant layer.
Find out more on Twitter or Instagram

September 7

GreenFest Sustainable Living Event. Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire 10am-4pm

GreenFest will be bringing together an abundance of products, ideas, solutions and plenty of hands on knowhow, that will inform and inspire you to live more sustainably.

Talks include climate change to sustainable, seasonal diets to fun and sustainable fashion. Find out more here.

Marlow repair café, 10am – 1pm

The Marlow Repair Café is an opportunity for people to learn how to fix their own items, rather than throwing them away. This can range from electronics to furniture, or from jewellery to bikes.Take your items along, get them fixed, learn new skills and make new friends! All Saints Church Hall, 87 The Causeway, Marlow SL7 2AA. Check out their website for more details.

Pedal, prune and picnic in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. 10:00am-2:00pm

Join Bike For Good, for a cycle to Kelvingrove Park where you’ll prune overgrown walkways, pick up the odd bit of litter, and generally give the place some love.

They can lend bikes, helmets and locks. The ride starts from Bike For Good Glasgow West Hub on Haugh Road, leaving at 10am, and will be back for around 2pm. The event is family friendly and is free to take part. Find out more.

Zero Waste Shop Tour of London. 9am-5pm

A whistle-stop tour of some of the amazing Zero Waste stores in London! Starting down in south west London at Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick at 9am. Then travelling by a mixture of bus, tube and on foot we will visit a number of different stores, finishing in north London in Wood Green where it is just our luck that Zero Market N22 will be hosting their zero waste stall holders in Blue House Yard, where we’ll have a mini zero waste social. More details here.

Make your own pinata! Glasgow. 10:30am-12:00pm

Learn how to make a basic disc pinata using scrap cardboard and tissue paper.

Hands on introduction to the basic techniques needed, with all materials included. Learn how to progress onto more complex cardboard designs and how to develop papier mache 3d. Take home your own disc, ready to party! Ages 8+ to adult and is limited to 10 space.

Contact Make Do and Grow in Glasgow for more details.

September 8

Sustainable living market – St James’s Market. Piccadilly Circus

This free market offers you plenty of opportunities to chat, shop and be inspired. Talk to organisers, Pebble Magazine, grab a vegan beer from Freedom Brewery, and discover ethical homewares, skincare, fashion and more. Discover more here.

September 9

Sustainability Session 18:30-21:00 Ennismore Sessions House, London.

Melissa Hemsley is a cook, author and British Vogue columnist. This event will see Melissa chat to broadcaster and presenter of War on Plastic Anita Rani and other panelists. The panel will draw on their own experiences and share expert advice on topics such as sustainable initiatives in restaurants, being smart with food waste and cooking seasonally. Plus we’ll discuss the fight on single-use plastic. Tickets here.

September 11-12th

RWM Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition – NEC Birmingham

RWM is the UK’s Largest Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition & Conference. And Anna will be there, sharing our secrets with Local Authorities. She’ll be showing them how to engage more people to waste less. Held in Birmingham NEC, the show welcomes over 20,000 visitors who are working to a more resource efficient future. Book your free tickets here.

September 13th

Environmental Surgery with David Warburton MP from 6pm, Compton Dundon

This free event at Compton Dundon village hall is a chance to hear what your local MP thinks about the important and pressing environmental issues we face. We are particularly keen to encourage a younger audience

This event is hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust as part of their Wilder Future campaign. Register your interest here

September 14th

Oceans 2019 Festival. 10am – 11pm, Bristol

Oceans 2019 is a non-profit day festival bringing together global conservation organisations, artists, divers, surfers, educators, families and scientists to celebrate our blue planet.

With expert guest speakers, workshops and a VR experience, Oceans 2019 provides a platform to encourage collaboration, positivity and active participation in ocean conservation.

Get tickets here.

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  1. Amira on August 28, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Hello team,

    Can i bring the idea of Zero waste week to Oman?

    Is there anything i can do?
    Please advise

    • Rachelle Strauss on August 29, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Hi Amira, I’ve just taken a look at your lovely instagram feed, so there are two things you can do:

      Use #ZeroWasteWeek as a hashtag on your posts that help people reduce waste
      Download our business pack, which will give you the topic for the year, plus an itinerary of what’s happening each day so you can plan your social media posts in advance. You’ll find the pack here:

      And of course, if you know of any businesses in your area that would benefit from taking part, please encourage them to download a pack – as the money generated from the packs, keeps the content of the week free for people to take part!

      Thanks for your interest, and enjoy the week!

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