Communities across the country are thinking of ways they can reduce the impact they have on the planet, which often begins by tackling the amount of things we consume – and waste! Come along to a discussion with three community-minded people doing their bit. Rosie Edwards, co-founder of SOBO Wastebusters in Bournemouth shares her experiences of bringing her community along on her zero-waste journey, while Evie Strange discusses what she’s learnt on her path to setting up a zero-waste shop, and Cecilia Harman shares what it was like to buy nothing new for a whole year!
Rosie started SOBO Wastebusters in 2019 with two friends, who were looking for a way to share the local discoveries they’d made in their quest for a zero-waste lifestyle. They aim to spread information, as well as supporting people to be more environmentally friendly this includes holding events. Rosie has always been passionate about protecting the planet but knows that the problems of climate change can be really scary, so she finds it helpful to think about what you can do locally, and how ultimately that can have a global impact. Ultimately the project is all about connecting people and ideas to make a difference – people have the power to make a change.
21 year old Evie lives in Ullapool on the North West Coast of Scotland and is the founding director and chair of Ullapool Unpacked C.I.C. which is a community interest company with a goal of helping the community produce less waste. So far they have done that through the sales of loose dried foods (a pop-up zero waste shop) and through educating and engaging with the community on how to live more sustainably. The next step is to open a permanent zero waste shop and hub, providing accessible, affordable and sustainable foods and products to our small rural communities.
Cecilia was encouraged and inspired by a friend to take part in a year of “Buy nothing new”. Cecilia decided not to buy any new clothes/shoes/gifts/household furnishings/luxury items for the year. It became addictive, and made me her resourceful in other ways. It also made her think much more about waste, landfill and “fast fashion”, which is bad not only for the environment of course, but for people and workers’ rights too.
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