After the success of our zero waste kit workshops earlier in 2019, we decided to run the workshop again this time on a larger scale. We increased the number of attendees who could take part in one day of making by creating separate making stations.
Working with the artist Sarah Bowers our Reuse & Reduce Project Coordinator Clarinda created 4 upcycling stations for attendees to create 4 unique zero waste kit items out of their own no-longer worn clothing items and our material scraps.
It’s very important that people try to minimise the amount of plastic they use in their everyday life and if many people were to carry a zero waste kit with a drinks bottle, cutlery, cloth napkin and spare reusable bags the impact on the planet would be massive!
I started at the grocery bag station as I knew this would be the most useful for me, I’ve been looking to create my own reusable grocery bags for some time!
This event gave me the support, skills and access to a sewing machine that I needed to complete and I was very happy to know my sewing machine skills were still okay even after many years of not using one!
Happy to leave the event with many grocery bags to use!
Cutlery holders are a great way to carry with you cutlery, chopsticks, cloth napkins and other reusable items with you every day which means that you always have items with you if you have to eat on the go. This helps to avoid using disposable items that go straight into landfill after use.
A very simple item to make from your own scrap materials. I already re-purposed an old makeup brush holder for my cutlery carrying needs earlier in the year!
A jar cozy can be used on the outside of the jar to allow you to hold it with hot or cold liquids, or indeed food inside.
The great thing about this is that you can repurpose an old jar that you may otherwise recycle (or send to landfill!) and you now have a drink / food container without having to buy a reusable item!
I was very impressed with one of our community who created her own tote bag without any instructions!
Inspired by all the other items created, our participant designed and produced a fantastic tote bag for her to carry her zero waste kit items and be able to carry any shopping she may pick up when out and about.
Remember the 5 R’s: Refuse what you don’t need. Reduce what you do need. Reuse what you consume. Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse. And rot (compost) the rest!
Remember your reusable water bottle and hot drink cup! This can of course be repurposed jars!
Always carry your zero waste kit and spare tote bags!
Carry handkerchiefs : think of all the paper we would save!
Just say no to items. A business card, disposable cutlery, straws, each time ask yourself, `Do I really need to use / take that?’
Our next Zero Waste event is on Thursday 12th September. Tickets here