inspirational and useful resources
We've included the activists that inspire us, the experts/gurus that guide us, the hive mind that helps when we're stumped, the apps that have assisted us to reduce our waste and pick up our ethical game, and the online stores that sell products you can stand by.
We've also included some documentaries that delve deep and have increased our understanding of the issues and how society can overcome them.
Get inspired by and find the solution to that rubbish-creating thing by checking out the OGs and other trashless champions in this space!
zero waste blogs & sites:
The Rogue Ginger – inspiring Melbourne based eco-lifestyle activist who is “on a mission to engage with individuals to redefine what is waste and how we can create less of it”.
Zero Waste Home – French zero waste lifestyle expert/guru living in California whose “vocation is to shatter misconceptions associated with the zero waste lifestyle”.
Zero Waste Victoria Facebook Group (or a zero waste Facebook group in your area!) – an excellent group for getting general advice, as well as tapping into local knowledge.
Waste-Free PhD – with a tagline of research, reduce, recycle, Laura shares information about minimal waste living and the science behind it, backing everything up with facts.
Shop Ethical – an Australian not-for-profit organisation that aims to “educate and empower people to make shopping choices that better reflect their values and to use their consumer power to create a better world”.
Anita Horan – the plastic free produce campaigner who runs the successful and inspiring #plasticfreeproduce campaign in Australia.
Sustainable Jungle – wanting to “galvanise positive change in the world”, Joy and Lyall unearth seriously interesting stuff and incredibly interesting people you should know about in the realm of sustainability.
waste minimising & ethical apps:
ShareWaste – an amazing app that connects neighbours that want to donate organic waste with those that want to receive it and those that want to receive it with those that want to donate it.
Fair Food Forager – an app that helps you find ethical and sustainable food in your vicinity.
Good on You – want to know how a brand rates ethically? Use this app to check its impact on people, the planet and animals.
Refill – an app that shows you where you can refill your water bottle when out and about (mostly in the UK at the moment, but it's growing).
Y Waste – buy food that would otherwise go to waste at the end of the day at discount prices from cafes and restaurants in your area.
Bring Me Home – a Melbourne-based app that lets you buy cheap, quality, excess food that would otherwise be binned.
Buying zero waste products online:
Biome – strict about the products that it sells, which are all cruelty free and certified palm oil free, you can shop with peace of mind that you’re not paying for anything unethical.
The Clean Collective – aiming to provide the cleanest and greenest products on earth in one place and passionate about toxin-free living, it connects a collective of people with the savviest natural and eco solutions on the market.
Nourished Life – focused on toxin-free shopping, this website sells natural skin care, health, wellbeing and beauty products, so not all products are zero waste or plastic free, but some are and it is a great shop for natural products.
Flora & Fauna – only offers products that are vegan, ethically sourced, cruelty free, and 100% recyclable and you can return any unwanted plastic bottles and tubes to them to be made into other products.
Faithful to Nature – for our South African friends and family, an online store that really cares, it sells good quality, organic, and natural products.
Life Without Plastic – can’t say it better than its tagline: “the one-stop shop for safe, high quality, ethically-sourced, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic products for everyday life”.
Etsy – endless options of homemade eco-friendly products to help you on your zero-waste journey! For when you can’t home-make something yourself!
Documentaries and series on going waste free
A Plastic Ocean – we highly recommend watching this documentary to get an understanding of how dire the situation is and why everyone should be avoiding all plastic.
ABC’s War on Waste – a series that explores household, retail and farming waste in Australia and reveals the truth about where various kinds of waste actually end up.
The Clean Bin Project – a couple has a competition to see who can produce the least garbage. Funny and insightful!
The True Cost – a heartbreaking documentary on the true cost of fast fashion and why fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world after the oil industry.
Cowspiracy – uncovering how destructive animal architecture is, this documentary calls out the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.