Waste is everywhere in our society. The more waste we produce, the more of the earth’s resources are depleted and the environment polluted.

Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused.

Practicing a literal “Zero Waste” life is not currently possible. All of us leave behind some kind of mark. The aim here is waste reduction and with just a few simple swaps this can be easily achieved.

We will share information and ideas to help you get started or progress your journey of waste reduction and show you that reducing waste can be simple, satisfying and fun.

Where to start

Hooray! You have made it here. Welcome!

If there is one place we recommend you start, it’s with an open mind. Be kind to yourself and others. Set small simple goals.

Start by picking one single use plastic item in your life and swapping it for something reusable. From shopping bags, bread bags, coffee cups and cutlery to menstrual products and nappies, you will be surprised how many reusable options are available. Once you’ve mastered one swap, try another.

Now you’re well on your way. Before you know it you’ll be dancing through the front door on bin night because you don’t need to drag yours out!

Visit our Resources page for great information, ideas and options.

Join our Facebook group – it’s fantastic resource: Zero Waste Victoria (Australia).

Come along to one of our Events or Festivals.

BYO Containers for food and supplies

  • BYO Containers
    • BYO Container friendly butchers, delicatessens, fishmongers & poulterers
    • Business information (including what the law says about accepting a customer’s reusable container, tips on safety)
    • Tips for customers
  • Trashless Takeaway – BYO container friendly cafes and restaurants
  • Responsible Cafes – Cafes that encourage BYO coffee cup (and offer a discount)

Books to borrow

  • Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less – Erin Rhoads (VIC)
  • A Family Guide to Waste-free Living – Lauren and Oberon Carter (TAS)
  • Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste – Bea Johnson
  • Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too – Beth Terry
  • A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days – Anita Vandyke 
  • Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash – Shia Su

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