"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
If we could put every member of our community on this page we would.
We know that the power of an idea is alive as long as people believe in it. We would not be here today if it weren't for the many people who believed in us, pushed us and supported us in the many ways that they did.
Zero Waste Shanghai was created in 2016 from a community basis in the city of Shanghai. Back in 2015 Alizée started her Zero Waste Journey as a personal challenge, and after 6 months created a website with all the information on how to be reduce your waste in the city. Many people were attracted by the ideas and values behind this movement and everything grew from there.
Today, whether you are only interested in some recipes, or you would like to follow this lifestyle more intensely, our aim is to give you all the tools to do so.
Our mission is to make this lifestyle simple and concrete, by putting people in touch through the community and pass on the feeling of personal empowerment when it comes to our lives and the impact we want to have on both a personal level, as a community level.
Our Vision & Mission
At ZERO WASTE SHANGHAI
We believe in the community and that we all have the power to improve the world at our individual level, contribute to our environment and to a better future.
Our mission is to support people and organizations in their transition towards a more sustainable and environmental friendly lifestyle in Shanghai. We make this transition smooth, simple, concrete and fun!
We support you in being more eco-conscious in your daily life through consulting missions, workshops, activities in schools and online content. Join us and discover all the benefits of “zero waste”, not only for the planet but also for people's health, well-being and corporates image and reputation!
What is "Zero Waste"?
Zero Waste is a global movement where people try to reduce the waste they produce by changing their lifestyle.
A lifestyle that aims to take a step back from the capitalist and consumer-driven society we live in, with new products entering the market every day that are supposedly there to make us happier, or more fulfilled.
No we are not (all) living in the woods or caves, going back to the stone age and making our own bread and growing our own food (although that would be pretty awesome ...).
At Zero Waste Shanghai we live in one of the biggest cities in China, a city to be known for it's materialistic society and feel, a concrete jungle until the eye can see, and high levels of air pollution making it sometimes necessary to leave the house with a mask.
BUT... some of us find creative ways to reduce our waste and find a lifestyle that allows us to take a step back and value things that truly makes us happy: moments with friends, travel, home cooked food, interaction with the locals, and more!
Zero Waste means that you send very little waste to landfill, to incineration, to the ocean. The best way to do this is simply by reducing the waste you "acquire" in the first place, which means reducing it before even recycling it.
An easy way to do this on a daily basis is to follow the 5R's:
Refuse: refuse everything you don't need. This especially applies to "free" things, single-use plastics, junk mail, etc. It's important to say no, because by accepting and buying these things, we simply keep creating a demand for more...
Reduce: reduce your belongings in general ... How many pairs of shoes do you really need? Do you need that extra kitchen utensil, even though you already have something similar that would do the same job. Basically, declutter your home.
Reuse: reuse as much as you can. You know that glass container that used to hold some kimchi or jam? Keep it and reuse it to store your bulk purchases after. Same goes for your clothes, be creative on how you wear your clothes, dress them up and down using different accessories.
Recycle: recycling comes at the end, because recycling is NOT the solution. Once waste has been reduced and there's some waste left, then we can consider recycling it. But the entire point, is to REDUCE first !
Rot: so much food waste is being thrown out every day. It's one of the most ridiculous problems of this planet. If you have food left overs, and you don't want to eat it anymore, at least consider giving it to a homeless person or a food bank.
If you have veggies and fruit leftovers, you can throw it in your compost bin. We have a tutorial on how to make one for your home if you live in the city. (click here)
Need more tips and tricks? Browse through our website and let us know what you would like to know!