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Interested in doing things differently to help end the climate crisis? The Towards Zero podcast by Zero Waste Scotland is for you. 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. Subscribe to Towards Zero to stay up to date with the latest research, tips and ideas on how we can all help save the planet.

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Interested in doing things differently to help end the climate crisis? The Towards Zero podcast by Zero Waste Scotland is for you. 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. Subscribe to Towards Zero to stay up to date with the latest research, tips and ideas on how we can all help save the planet.

    Getting social (EP.8)

    Getting social (EP.8)

    Dress up and drink up without trashing the planet 
    Our guests 
    Naomi Ross, co-founder of online clothing rental service Sioda Hannah Clinch, co-creator of Dunoon Goes Pop Louisa Coursey, Business Support Partner, Zero Waste Scotland In this episode, we find out how to enjoy socialising and support the recovery post-Covid without making the climate crisis worse. 
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    • 12 min
    Secondhand - First Choice (EP.6)

    Secondhand - First Choice (EP.6)

    Secondhand is first choice for shoppers and businesses helping to end the climate crisis (Perthshire)  
    Our guests 
    Fiona Gilbert, development manager at Remake Scotland  
    Laura Blair, circular economy sector manager for cities & regions at Zero Waste Scotland  
    In this episode, we head to Perthshire where the charity Remake Scotland is pioneering the re-use revolution. 
    Fiona Gilbert from Remake talks about creative scavenging and how Zero Waste Scotland’s Revolve quality guarantee for secondhand goods is encouraging people to shop differently to help end the climate crisis. 
    Laura Blair, from Zero Waste Scotland’s circular economy team, explains how our ‘circular’ cities and regions network helps local textiles manufacturer Halley Stevensons waste less by supplying offcuts to Remake, inspiring a range of sustainable new products. 
    Remake’s new ‘tool’ library lets people borrow everything from DIY tools to guitars and bouncy castles – and Fiona’s next big plan is to open Scotland’s first secondhand shopping centre. 
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    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.  
    Our Circular Cities and Regions programme was pioneered in Glasgow where we joined forces with the council and chamber of commerce to help businesses and communities. We now work on the programme with councils and chambers across Scotland including our newest circular region, the Highlands and Islands. 
    Zero Waste Scotland’s Revolve certification is a national quality guarantee scheme for secondhand goods and customer service. Remake Scotland is one of more than 120 certified stores around the country selling a range of pre-loved items from clothes and books to bikes and furniture. Membership currently costs £100.   
    Our Circular Economy Accelerator provides free support to help charities and firms like Remake Scotland and Halley Stevensons textile manufacturer work together to find ways to increase the value of wasted byproducts.  
    Zero Waste Scotland’s 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. 
    Zero Waste Scotland’s 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 find out more about Remake Scotland, including their tool library and re-use container at Perth and Kinross Council’s recycling centre, click here.  
    For information on Halley Stevensons click here.  

    • 12 min
    A cracker of an opportunity (EP.5)

    A cracker of an opportunity (EP.5)

    How two Highland firms got together to help end the climate crisis by baking biscuits from beer.

    Our guests:
    Lewis Maclean, managing director at Maclean’s Highland Bakery 
    Nigel Tiddy, managing director at Windswept Brewing Company

    • 14 min
    Return, refill, repeat (EP.4)

    Return, refill, repeat (EP.4)

    How a Scottish beauty business is helping to end the waste behind the climate crisis.

    In this episode, we take a virtual visit to Glasgow as Scotland’s largest city gears up to host COP26, the latest global climate crisis talks.
    We talk to Jo Chidley, who is cutting carbon emissions in the beauty industry and beyond through her simple ‘return, refill, repeat’ service – reusing bottles and jars to eradicate vast amounts of needless single-use packaging for everyday products like shampoo.

    • 14 min
    The Future of Work (EP.3)

    The Future of Work (EP.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, the job that can’t wait – from homeworking to turning waste from whisky into valuable new products, there are countless ways to help make every job green.

    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 that 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.  
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    • 27 min
    The Future of our Homes (EP.2)

    The Future of our Homes (EP.2)

    Superjackets, sofas for life and smart shopping can all help end the climate crisis
    Our guests
    Saskia Goeres, creator of Sofa ForlifeStephen Boyle, head of construction at Zero Waste ScotlandSharon McCracken, sustainability leader at IKEAIn this episode, we explore what the future of our homes looks like. 

    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.  
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    • 25 min

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