September 3rd, 2018
Today sees the start of Zero Waste Week to highlight how to eliminate the likes of plastic packaging and food waste from our everyday lives.
The opening of the week will take place at Small Changes in Drumcondra, Co Dublin, an independent grocery shop that sponsored last year’s Zero Waste Festival.
Since it’s opening in 2010 the shop has been offering refills on various food items, such as dry foods, oils, coffee and eco-friendly household and hygiene products.
The event will hear from Timi Nicholson from Simple No Waste Life, a mom of two successfully leading a zero waste life. She will share her tips on how to start and carry on towards a waste-free life, which she said, doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
“Aspiring to live a simpler life, stepping away from the consumerist throwaway society has lots of benefits that will also have a positive effect on your wallet,” Ms Nicholson said in advance of the kick-off of the week’s events.
On Tuesday, The Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park will open its doors for people to stock up their food supplies while avoiding all unnecessary packaging. The market will also have information stands about ways to reduce food and packaging waste at home.
On Wednesday, the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun will provide information tours to highlight the work they are doing such as their popular bicycle refurbishment workshops and sewing courses.
The week will also include a Swap Shop at Patagonia on Exchequer St on Wednesday evening, so be ready to pack all unwanted wardrobe items to exchange them for a new chic look.
Bi Urban, a creative studio created by environmentalist and healthcare specialist Kaethe Burt- O’Dea, will also host three workshops during Zero Waste Week.
On Tuesday, Bi Urban will teach people how they can cut their waste and excess consumption of perfume, as well as providing an opportunity to create your own original scent. The studio will also host workshops on making your own soap and composting techniques.
To finish the week, Zero Waste will throw a Festival of Food this coming weekend in Airfield Estate, Dundrum. People will be able to meet vendors, visit information stands, and attend workshops and talks.
There will also be a food village, gardening zones, wellness retreats and, of course, food and music stages to assure that everyone would find something for their taste.