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Zero Waste London Mail

June 22 · Issue #10 · View online

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This is the news of the day as far as I am concerned.
⚡️ The Guardian has published an article saying that according to “119 scientists from 18 countries reusable containers do not increase the chance of virus transmission”. ⚡️
Short of shouting it from the rooftops, here I am letting you know that it’s ABSOLUTELY FINE to use re-usable containers.
Now, you can let your local coffee shop know that they can serve you in your reusable coffee cup again - in case they had stopped doing it - and give them a #PlasticFreeJuly poster to hang up in their window. 😘
This intervention from scientists is extremely welcome as a number of zero waste shops and other shops selling reusable containers have just re-opened.
If you had put your waste reduction habits on hold over the last few weeks/months because you had too many things to deal with, now is the time to get back on your horse. : )
Below, I’ve compiled some useful information about waste reduction companies that are taking new customers.
Also, I’ve found a great source of inspiration (and adorable dog accessory brand 😍) in Tooting and I’ve discovered a series of online events and videos that can only boost your determination to act against waste and climate change.

News 📈
The company has also announced that they were freezing their prices until August.
The company has also announced that they were freezing their prices until August.
👍 London based fruit and veg delivery Oddbox are taking on new customers and expanding the area they deliver to. You can check the content of the boxes for the week coming on their website and find out which items come in plastic packaging. The produce is rescued odd and surplus fruit and veg.
💪Kentish town fruit and veg, a community-led organic vegetable box scheme, are also taking on new customers. Their membership surged by a whooping 68% between March and April. They were able to cope with the extra demand thanks to members turning their gardens into pick-up points.
🎉Mr.Milk delivers milk in glass bottles across London and is also taking on new customers.
Parker dairies also confirmed that they were taking on new customers - but only customers who live in houses for now as it’s too time consuming for them to deliver to flats.
👚Farah kids has reopened 3 of its charity shops today in Clapham. 
If you are after arts and crafts material in South London, from July 2nd, you will soon be able to head to Work and Play in Tooting. They will open every Thursday from 11am till 8pm.
👏🏽 North West London residents will be glad to know that zero waste shop Patoka reopened a week ago. Meanwhile, in East Dulwich, Karavan-Eco, a supplier of eco-friendly goods, has also reopened its doors. Very handy just a few days before #PlasticFreeJuly kicks in.
Inspiration 💚
Remember my call to wear reusable face coverings last week?
This morning, I was super chuffed to discover that a Tooting resident made reusable masks and gave them away to people in Tooting common last Saturday.
“I think I gave away around 35 only cause my dog was not too happy to stop at one place for long time”, Kaman told me via Facebook messenger.
Kudos to Kaman who is a small business owner. She makes the most adorable and colourful accessories for dogs under the brand Sarah Furever - her dog is called Sarah. ; ) The company donates 10% of our profits to local charities that work to advance animal causes or women health. 
Events 👁
The London based sustainability organisation Ashden is holding its annual awards ceremony online.
Our judges look for holistic solutions that recognise, and build on, the inter-connected nature of our world. (…) Harnessing the power of co-operation and community is crucial as we face down the threat of the climate emergency.
You can sign up online for free here.
The ceremony will be broadcast on YouTube on July 2nd from 3pm. The finalists will be there virtually from across the world to tell their incredible stories.
The Ashden Awards were first established in 2001.
The Ashden Awards were first established in 2001.
If you are looking for more information and inspiration about ways to transform our planet for the better, have a look to Carbon Copy.
Carbon Copy hosts digital events where local groups and organisations who share the goal of a carbon zero future come together to learn and connect.
On July 22nd, Carbon Copy will host a talk on the circular economy - Rethink, Recover, Regenerate : How Communities Can Enable The Circular Economy.
The Restart Project charity is looking for a Full Stack Developer for one year fixed term contract. Salary £35,103. Location: Remote (UK). Find out more about it here.
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