Announcing zero waste week 2011

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nzww2This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for I’m sure!

It’s time to mark it in your diaries – the fourth annual zero waste week takes place week beginning 5th September 2011.

There’s a page dedicated to the week, which you’ll find on the top menu of the site. You can bookmark it  “Zero waste week 2011“. On it you’ll find details of this year’s theme and how you can take part. Remember to keep coming back and leaving us comments in order to help other people succeed in their zero waste week too.

Moving with the times we also have a facebook event which you are more than welcome to join and please send invites to your friends: Zero waste week facebook event.

You can also catch up with us on twitter and share your experiences by using the hashtag #nzww

Phew! sometimes I feel old; what with facebook pages, twitter updates – what ever happened to an hour having a cup of tea with a friend?

Thanks for all the lovely messages and emails you’ve been sending me during my summer off. I’ve really appreciated your thoughts and now I’m back in the saddle ready to gallop into zero waste week with my whip ready for anyone who doesn’t take part.

Over on 1000 bins Mrs A has got a fantastic photography / video competition lined up; we’ll be announcing the winners at the end of zero waste week so be sure to check it out!

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kate says:

    Good to see you in my Google Reader again, Mrs. G! Thanks for the heads-up on Zero Waste Week…I’ll have to think about how my family will participate. We are already the crazy hippies who won’t take bottled water if it’s offered and brings our own forks so we don’t have to use plasticware. I’m sure there are lots of ways I can improve though. 🙂

  2. Stephen says:

    Welcome back Mrs G,
    I for one, hope that you have had a very good holiday, and feel refreshed, I feel that one or two zero wasters would have done something silly, haha..
     If they had thought that you may have not returned,
     But I think that we have all missed you, and your regular postings on the blogosphere…

  3. Sandy says:

    welcome back Mrs G, and you are well rested. looking forward to Zero Waste Week
    xx

  4. as your latest photos attest, you must be rested, grounded and restored, a warm welcome back to our season of zero waste readiness.

  5. Hello Mrs G!
    Let me say first, you’re a true inspiration for all European Zero Waste fans!
    I’ll make sure to try get at least the Dutch green bloggers on board with Zero Waste Week!
    And I know the feeling about Facebook and Twitter but like it too!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Kate: 😀 thanks Kate; yep we’re the crazy hippies too. Enjoy the week!

    @Stephen: Thank you so much Stephen; your comment means a lot to me

    @Sandy: Thanks Sandy; was thinking about you today; good to see you

    @nadine sellers: 😀 be careful; all these lovely compliments will go to my head 😉

    @The Dutch Aunt: Hi Dutch Aunt; thank you so much for helping to spread the word in your corner of the globe. Much appreciated 🙂

  7. Welcome back! Looking forward to news, posts and inspiration….hope you are well rested and ready for the battlefield once again……
    Best Wishes

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @zerowastelifestyle (Sonja): Hi Sonja, great to see you and thanks for the well wishes; your blog is still going great I see – well done you!

  9. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Yet another National Zero Waste Week, doesn’t time fly! I also enjoyed the summer break, if not the weather. During the Week, I will be happy to answer other comments on MyZeroWaste.

    Other developments include a loss of card packs for Dove soap, going the way of Pear’s. Lush is now my sole source of home cosmetics with plenty of variety in their unpackaged products. The thinning of plastic packaging materials is a positive for the rare purchase but Zero Waste is now pretty straightforward in most consumer activity.

    The most pleasing aspect, since the early days, is the attitude of business toward its own waste situation. At M&S, Plan A is still going strong and the recent change to paperless pay details is a great step, joining the utilities/banks in reducing paper waste, which also provides a cost saving for each.

  10. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Hi John, lovely to see you; I’ve been wondering how you are – thanks for the updates on all your gardening adventures 🙂 You’ve mentioned a couple of things I’m not aware of – the Dove soap and the paperless pay – what is paperless pay? Is that an alternative to receipts at long last?

  11. LJayne says:

    Lovely to see you back Mrs G 🙂

    Good development here – not for NZWW unfortunately – is that we appear to be on the verge of getting food waste bins and also the ability to put ALL plastics into our co-mingled blue bins rather than just the 1 and 2 bottles that have been allowed until now. I can take plastic 4 elsewhere anyway but this, when it comes over the next year (shame it can’t be quicker!) will just be fantastic. It’s been on the cards because since the blue bins came in, it has all gone to a facility just over the county border where the residents there have been able to do it since the new facility was built.

    Cannot wait, we’ve cut plastic back as much as poss but we just don’t have anywhere where we can buy stuff in our containers like you do – am thinking cheese & deli meats most of us – so this will be a real boon. Most of our food waste goes to the worms but they don’t like meat unless you treat it first so the food waste bins ought to mean we throw no food into landfill at all 🙂

  12. John Costigane says:

    @Mrs Green: Summer has been a welcome rest from the trend but I am still keen to find new Zero Waste alternatives, especially in business and council spheres. MyZeroWaste is still the best source for enthusiasts.

    Paperless pay details (ie no paper payslips) is a first for my work experience, replaced by online facilities. Dove Soap going plastic-packed was a setback and like other examples was probably due to special deals from the plastic industry. Conditions are more difficult for business these days which may excuse such negative developments.

  13. Mrs Green says:

    @LJayne: thanks for the welcome my lovely 🙂 How exciting about your new facilities; they sound fab and will make a real difference to landfill waste.

    @John Costigane: thanks for the explanation of paperless pay – I’d not heard of it 🙂

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