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The Ethical Guide to Christmas

The zero waste movement is arguable the antithesis of Christmas – a time of  consumption and over-indulgence. But far from being for the seasonal Scrooge, buying more consciously at Christmas means all of the joy without the guilt of chucking huge amounts of leftovers in the compost bin and adding to the mountains of rubbish once celebrations are over. Merry Christmas everyone!

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The true cost of fast fashion, and how to fight back

Do you know the true cost of your clothes? The dominant fast fashion business model is designed to exploit people and the planet, so behind those affordable prices and trend-led designs lies a murky world of waste, pollution and human rights violations.  Since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, where a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed and killed 1,138 workers, people have been waking up to the colossal social and environmental impacts of our addiction to fast fashion. Tragically, factory accidents still happen on a regular basis due to a lack of health and safety regulations.  Workers are still paid less than a living wage, face harassment and violence, and their unions are consistently denied the right to fight for better...

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A Starter Guide To Zero Waste Holidays

As holidays start to roll in, social media gets flooded with celebratory photos. Halloween decorations, US Thanksgiving meals, perfectly-wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree - you name it. What we don’t usually see in these photos is the amount of plastic used during the holiday season. Plastic and unnecessary waste that, when we think about it, can be avoided. See, the more we talk about zero waste holidays, the less daunting it would feel. Because we know, the idea of paying attention to every non-recyclable item you use and exerting efforts not to use it - it’s not that easy. That’s why we need to talk about it more often. Threats of Too Much Plastic Waste For the most part,...

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David Attenborough: Our Zero Waste Hero

Photo by Gavin Thurston Last week, natural treasure Sir David Attenborough joined Instagram, and broke a world record for the fastest account to reach 1 million followers (previously held by Jennifer Anniston). His debut post was an IGTV addressing the camera with a simple statement that after over sixty years on television, he will be using this new format of communication to drive home the urgency of facing the climate and biodiversity crisis head on.  Celebrating the beauty, and ultimately the fragility of the natural world for decades, Attenborough is now perhaps most memorable for his iconic Blue Planet series which mobilised countless people to take action on the plastic that threatens our shared oceans. In Blue Planet II, Attenborough...

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20 Simple Zero Waste Home Hacks

7th-11th September marks this year's Zero Waste Week, an annual drive to raise awareness of the impact of waste on our shared planet. The campaign aims to mobilise a global community of eco warriors to minimise waste and shift towards the economy, so naturally we're taking part and sharing our top tips so you can join the Zero Waste Week adventure!The most important thing to remember in your zero waste journey is the five R's: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot. Follow this formula, and you're well on your way towards an eco-conscious lifestyle that makes a positive impact on the environment and within your community. However, we know how difficult (and expensive!) it can be to implement zero waste habits once you start noticing...

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