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Towards Zero Podcast - how to end the climate crisis by wasting less

Don’t waste anything - Build Back Better by Doing More Differently to Make Things Last

This Zero Waste Scotland podcast is for everyone who is interested in doing things differently to help end the climate emergency. 

The single greatest cause of the climate crisis here in Scotland is the carbon emissions created by everything we produce, consume and too often bin after just one use. So, to end the climate crisis we need to become zero waste. That means making things last by reducing, reusing, repairing, remaking and finally recycling everything.

That’s what the circular economy does – creating diverse, sustainable jobs and ways of living and working which cut emissions and waste by keeping our limited resources in a loop of use for as long as possible.

Each episode features interesting stories, information and ideas from a wide range of guests, including our own experts, on how we can all waste less and do more.

  

Our first three episodes look at the future we need to end the climate crisis - and the challenges and opportunities that brings.

The future of our homes (episode 2)

Superjackets, sofas for life and smart shopping can all help end the climate crisis

Our guests:

  • Saskia Goeres, creator of Sofa Forlife; 
  • Stephen Boyle, head of construction at Zero Waste Scotland;
  • Sharon McCracken, sustainability leader at IKEA.

In this episode...

we explore the innovative future of our homes.

Our homes are a key cause of the climate crisis, creating around 40 per cent of UK carbon emissions. Millions of sofas and other types of furniture are illegally dumped or sent to landfill each year in Scotland, creating needless waste and carbon emissions. 

We talk to Saskia Goeres about how the sight of so many abandoned sofas in Glasgow inspired her to create a sofa designed to last a lifetime to help end the climate crisis.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Stephen Boyle drops in to discuss ‘superjackets’ and other more sustainable ways of building better homes.

Sharon McCracken joins us from IKEA to translate the idea of ‘living lagom’ and explain why the global furniture store gave its customers cash to help them live more sustainably and then dropped the amount from £500 to £100 after proving that sustainable shopping really doesn’t cost the earth.

Find out more

Zero Waste Scotland provides a range of expert advice and support to help everyone waste less to cut the carbon emissions behind the climate crisis. The circular economy reduces waste by keeping goods and materials in a loop of use to make things last as long as possible. That means reducing, reusing, repairing, remaking and finally recycling everything.

Our Circular Economy Investment Fund (CEIF), which is financed through the European Regional Development Fund, supports innovative businesses to reduce waste and emissions, create sustainable jobs and attract further investment.

Nearly £10m has been awarded through the CEIF so far. To apply for funding or find out more click here.

To read about IndiNature and other successful circular economy businesses which are making things last by doing business differently visit our Circular Economy Accelerator site.

For more information on how we can literally build back better to help end the climate crisis read Zero Waste Scotland’s Future of Work report. The report highlights construction as one of the key sectors across Scotland for cutting emissions and creating a range of interesting, sustainable jobs.

For more information on Sofa Forlife click here

For more information on IKEA’s sustainable shopping project, Live Lagom, click here

Stephen Boyle was also a guest on Episode 1 of Canadian podcast, Prairie Design Lab, discussing sustainable construction.

The future of work (episode 3)

The job that can’t wait – how the energy sector and other industries are doing business differently to end the climate crisis

Our guests:

  • Mark Herring, future net zero workforce lead at National Grid ESO;
  • James Barry, chief executive of Renewable Parts Ltd;  
  • Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland.

In this episode...

...we explore the thriving future of work.

One in ten jobs across Scotland already helps to reduce waste and carbon emissions by keeping limited resources in a loop of use through the circular economy. We need to score ten out of ten if we’re going to end the climate crisis. That brings valuable opportunities to learn, share and adapt new and existing skills and create thousands of new jobs across all sectors nationwide.

We talk to Mark Herring from National Grid ESO about how the UK’s energy sector is recruiting the net zero workforce we need with 400,000 posts nationwide from engineers to data analysts.

James Barry drops in from Renewable Parts wind turbine refurbishment specialist to share the inspiring story of a sustainable Scottish business which is not just surviving but thriving.

Iain Gulland joins us from Zero Waste Scotland to discuss the challenges and opportunities which doing business differently brings. From homeworking to turning waste from whisky into valuable new products, there are countless ways to help make every job green.

Find out more

Zero Waste Scotland provides a range of expert advice and support to help everyone waste less to cut the carbon emissions behind the climate crisis. The circular economy reduces waste and creates sustainable jobs by keeping goods and materials in a loop of use to make things last as long as possible. That means reducing, reusing, repairing, remaking and finally recycling everything.

Our Circular Economy Investment Fund (CEIF), which is financed through the European Regional Development Fund, supports innovative businesses to reduce waste and emissions, create sustainable jobs and attract further investment.

Nearly £10m has been awarded through the CEIF so far.

Our Circular Economy Business Support Service (CEBSS) provides tailored, one-to-one expert advice for small and medium sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland.

It’s designed to help companies do business differently to help end the climate crisis by finding more circular ways of working, including alternative supply chains. This can increase resource efficiency, profitability, product quality and customer base.

Circular economy business models include sharing resources, modular design, re-use and repair, reprocessing and remanufacturing.

Read more about the thousands of existing and future sustainable, circular economy jobs in key sectors including construction, energy and the bioeconomy in Zero Waste Scotland’s Future of Work report.

For more information on Renewable Parts click here.

For more information on the National Grid’s Net Zero energy workforce click here.

The future of food (episode 1)

Insect farming and other ways to reduce food waste and help save the planet

Our guests:

  • Dr William Clark, bioeconomy expert at Zero Waste Scotland;
  • Laurence Webb, responsible sourcing manager at Tesco;
  • Rosie Jack, market and events manager for Bowhouse food hub in Fife.

In this episode...

...we explore the fascinating future of food.

Wasted food is a major cause of the climate crisis. Each year in Scotland alone we collectively waste over £1billion worth of food from our homes. Insect farming might sound like a joke but it’s a serious business opportunity to turn Scotland’s waste into value.

We talk to Zero Waste Scotland’s, Dr William Clark, who probably knows more than anyone in Scotland about how Scottish insect farms can help to produce the sustainable food supply we need - reducing waste and emissions and creating green jobs too.

Laurence Webb from Tesco joins us to explain why the UK’s largest supermarket is keen on insect farming too as part of growing efforts to help combat climate change by working with its suppliers to make customers’ shopping far more sustainable.

Rosie Jack from Fife food and drink hub, Bowhouse, also drops in for a chat about how as a small, Scottish business it’s working with Zero Waste Scotland and local food producers to make a big difference to food waste.

Find out more

Zero Waste Scotland provides a range of expert advice and support to help everyone waste less to help end the climate crisis.

Our Love Food Hate Waste programme provides simple, tasty tips to help everyone waste less food. Read our community newsletter.

Our experts provide free online virtual food waste audits for businesses, funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.  These consultations have already helped almost 300 companies waste less food and money, typically saving firms around £5,000 each per year.

Our ongoing Food Redistribution Matchmaking service was launched during the 2020 Covid pandemic to prevent food waste by connecting suppliers with surplus produce after their traditional markets shutdown with organisations such as charities which need food.

For more on reducing food waste read Scotland’s Food Waste Reduction Action Plan.

For more on how we can produce and consume our food differently to help end the climate crisis read Zero Waste Scotland’s Future of Food report.

Turning muck into brass: Read our guide on how to become an insect farmer.

Our research on the economic benefits of insect farming is here

Images of black soldier fly:

   

Contact:

Zero Waste Scotland bioeconomy expert, William.clark@zerowastescotland.org.uk

For more information on Bowhouse food hub click here.

For more information on Tesco’s sustainability work with WWF click here.

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