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Zero Waste London Mail

June 30 · Issue #11 · View online

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Bonjour!
I don’t walk around London with my French passport on display singing La Marseillaise but, yesterday, I was quite relieved to wake up to the news that there has been a green surge in 🇫🇷 local elections.
Strasbourg, Lyon and Bordeaux- three of the biggest French cities - have elected green mayors or Socialist mayors backed by the French Green party, Europe Ecologie Les Verts.
Mid-sized towns such as Poitiers, Besançon, Grenoble and Annecy will also have a Green council for the next 6 years. 😃😃😃
In Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who had made tackling climate change and air pollution the key element of her election programme, has been reelected.
“You have chosen hope, teamwork, a Paris that can breathe, that is better to live in, shows more solidarity and that leaves nobody to fall by the wayside,” she said in a brief speech on Sunday evening.
As a climate activist in London, I am very happy than Anne Hidalgo won because I think it puts more pressure on Sadiq Khan to take his green pledge a step further. 💨
To emulate Paris in its fight against car traffic, a first significant step for the Mayor of London would be to scrap the construction of the Silvertown tunnel - a 1.2 billion pounds project that would increase CO2 emissions in London. Opponents to this project published a very thorough report only last week.
Because of Covid-19, the election of the Mayor of London has been postponed to next May. We need to make the most of the upcoming election to put London on a greener and more resilient path.
Of course, it cannot happen without the capital getting serious about waste reduction.
One suggestion : Londoners could be given vouchers to partially cover the cost of repairs 🔧. This measure has been successfully implemented in an Austrian town and will be implemented in Vienna from September.
If Vienna can do it, London can do it as well, can it Sadiq Khan?
Best,
Amandine

#BuildBackBetter🌱
The jobs created could compensate part of the jobs lost because of Covid-19.
The jobs created could compensate part of the jobs lost because of Covid-19.
Circular economy holds the key to post-COVID growth, says WRAP, one of the leading waste reduction organisation in the UK.
Recycling more, making products easier to repair and renting or leasing rather than buying consumer goods could be the secret to boosting the UK economy post-COVID, according to experts from WRAP.
Boosting the circular economy in the UK could save up a huge amount of raw materials imported from abroad and create 500 000 new jobs. It could save 15 million tonnes of CO2 emissions - the equivalent of taking 1 out of 5 cars off the road.
All these estimations are included in a 22 page report published this week by WRAP.
The organisation is confident about the impact a boost in circular economy based on the work it has achieved over the last 10 years but also based on the evidence of consumer demand for circular business models in the clothing sector in particular.
In a report published last month, WRAP demonstrated that there is potential mass market appeal for reuse business models in this sector.
According to the organisation, ‘consumers ahead of the curve are demanding new models, and opportunities exist for disruptor companies in this space to substantially grow their customer base’.
The Great Reopening 👕👖👗
All TRAID charity shops will re-open this week. 
Brixton, Camden, Westbourne Grove and their new store in Lewisham will be open by 1pm tomorrow (i.e. July 1rst).
Wood Green will be open by 1pm on Thursday 2nd July and Clapham (11am), Hammersmith (10am) and Harrow (10am) will be open on Friday 3rd July. Normal opening hours for all shops thereafter. 
These stores join Dalston, Kilburn, Peckham and Shepherd’s Bush which are already open.
You will also be glad to find out that TRAID has started its FREE home collection. Sign up for a pick up here.
The Campaign 💪
This graphic was put together by Surfers Against Sewers
This graphic was put together by Surfers Against Sewers
12 big brands are responsible for over half of the UK’s plastic and packaging pollution. Coca-Cola is the worst polluter, followed by Lucozade Energy, Walkers crisps and Pepsi.
Those figures were compiled by Surfers Against Sewers (SAS) as a result of their #ReturnToOffender social media campaign.
The waste reduction campaigning organisation is targeting the brands responsible for the single use plastic waste. SAS is also asking the UK government to introduce an ‘all in’ comprehensive Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility by 2023 to ensure manufactures are responsible for 100% of the costs of their plastic waste management.
You can also act on the ground by becoming a Surfers Against Sewers volunteer rep - even if you don’t live by the sea, by the way. ⬇️
The Events 👁
London Climate Action Week is starting tomorrow, i.e. on Wednesday. It lasts until Friday 3rd.
I’ve registered to virtually attend ‘100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming - Project Drawdown & Scaling in the UK’. It’s taking place tomorrow at 12.30pm.
As part of the London Climate Action Week series of events, this webinar will showcase Project Drawdown and bring together a panel of representatives from companies working on some of the different solutions in London and the UK.
If you are interested in slow fashion, you may want to attend Slow Fashion Saturday organised as part of Slow Fashion Season on Saturday at 4pm UK time. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
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