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Webinar: Is „zero waste“ really a zero?

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Juni 2017


22. Juni 2017

Hi Luis,

the problem lies probably with your browser settings. However, I sent you a private message with more details how you can watch the recording.


Luis Angel
16. Juni 2017

Thanks for the last Answer Admir, and sorry about My insistence but I cant watch the recorded session. Every time I try, it appears an empty pop up Window. Is there any technical problem with My computer or something?
Thanks again and hace a good day.

16. Juni 2017

Dear All,
here a very valid summary by our keynote speaker to the webinar: Ms Ieva Lace

Webinar “Is zero waste really a zero”? 8.06.2017

Dear participants of the webinar “Is zero waste really a zero”?

A week is over since we spoke on the webinar about zero waste and how is it going? I managed to use less plastic bottles for water in my daily life. Small step, but at least a step. On bigger scale this webinar started new ideas on more global and more web initiatives since you all were so active in the chat we had.

Before we get to ideas what will happen next, here you can find brief summary of what we managed to speak during the webinar.

We were quite international group, where:

Germany was represented by 8 participants
Latvia – 12 participants
Mexico – 6 participants
Vietnam – 4 participants
And 16 individuals from all over the world like Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Turkey and all I believe the most furthest countries that plastic could still reach.

Current green debate

- What are the current hot topics in green lifestyle on micro and macro level scale? In short – social media posts with newest discoveries for alternative materials (like leader made from mushrooms, fiber from plants etc); species or methods dealing with pollution – like warms that eat plastic. However on macro level the current trends are – food production with less energy consumption like hydroponics, permaculture and aquaponics (read more about food industry - http://bigbetinitiative.com/the-bets/a-menu-for-2030/)

- In the chat we could see that the concerns are about the United States position towards the “Paris agreement” and how will the rest of the world react towards it. Even though its hard to predict, the webinar participants started to rise questions – what changes in the law on national level should be done in order to reach changes towards the topic. It was agreed that national legislation enforcement towards green initiatives are essential.

Countries initiatives

Examples of countries where given, like:
- France, who last year abounded plastic use in supermarkets (read more - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/french-law-forbids-food-waste-by-supermarkets)
- Developing countries like India, Kenia is announcing similar statements, however with big concerns of the project realization and realistic alternatives (read more about Rwanda experience - http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/2/25/rwanda-plastic-bag-ban.html)
- Finland and project RESCUE, focusing on initiatives and enforcement that unused supermarket and restaurant food can be still used (read more - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jun/06/the-circular-economy-enters-the-world-stage-with-finland-leading-the-way)

Are the changes possible?

- It was very noticeable that the webinar participants are keen solution seekers and truly wonder what can be done to reach changes in any kind of level. This activity from you, the participants, confirmed the common current tendency - individuals, organizations are seeking alternatives for more sustainable lifestyle despite political turbulences. However still universal solution have not been reached, there is still a lot issues on every persons life even for the most advanced ones.
- A question appeared - do you think zero waste mindset can be applied to all countries? To answer this is not easy, but I believe that I have seen very determinant green activists in every country where I have been and it gives me courage to answer yes. In the same time – easy, cheap, durable alternatives have to be available (not even to mention basic human needs like safe drinking water, air, food etc). (read more - https://www.centreforglobaleducation.com/?gclid=CPyY_OvGwNQCFQ0tGQod5VELRA)

- It was agreed that in the current “change of mindset” game are we all in – producers, consumers, government, school teachers and children. The Kenya participant mentioned that its important to create consumer awareness, because most of the waste is produced through consumer behavior eg. buying things in bulk, also, producers should be obliged to take care of their waste, such as plastic bottle producers. It’s a good point and there are central European countries like Germany who partly has this mindset. In the same time as we can imagine – there are not only mindset issues but also economic concerns behind (read more - http://storyofstuff.org/

- An interesting tendency – who is the driving force for daily activities regards zero waste and green lifestyle? How comes it is more female oriented? (i.e., Denmark case, Latvia case and majority top bloggers are female). Can we assume that this is gender oriented topic or is it related to female nature to nourish environment around herself? (read more - https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/10-zero-waste-bloggers-you-should-know.htmlrhttps://issuu.com/n_wind/docs/nwind_12_online). Perhaps this is an interesting anthropology discussion and some common tendencies can be found.

Some take-away:

- Interdisciplinary idea from one of the participants was presented - we could apply the “4 E” related to road safety to zero waste: Education (awareness raising), Enforcement (enforcing ban), Engineering (e.g.bioplastics), Empowerment/Encouragement (subsidies from government, financial benefits).

- We don’t have to necessary step away from urban lifestyle to be more environmentally caring. If you have your thermo cup and you buy your coffee in a cafe, which is zero waste cafe - why not? We can live environmentally friendly and without loosing the technical progress that humans have achieved, rather use digital achievements to help us (read more https://issuu.com/n_wind/docs/nwind_12_online)
- being a part of social groups - zero waste, recycling, upcyciling movement is very trendy. However even more trendy would be to investigate and really require recycling opportunities in local neighborhood, municipality. Think global, act local - an old saying but still applicable.
- Countries (meaning society in general) are not necessary ready for mind shift regards economy and environment, however people, individuals are. That’s the closest road for changes. And perhaps zero waste even shouldn’t be a zero, because there will be no waste in a first place.

Next steps

As you could read, we had a very lively chat with wonderful discussions from you and insides from our moderator Maija Kale. It was inspiring to experience the readiness and keen spirit around this topic. Therefore the most trilling news – we are ready to initiate Alumniportal Deutshcland zero waste group, where all of will be able to share knowledge, articles, discussions and to challenge each other to make concrete actions to make this world a better place! Like having a zero waste checklist or tips on zero waste from the alumni in their daily life – sharing a photo and ideas in different categories. Coming up soon!

It was my deepest pleasure to be part of this process,

Best, Ieva

M.Sc. Ieva Lace
+ 371 25479582

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