About Us

“Alone, I go faster. Together, we go further” – Barbara Bray

Hi πŸ‘‹ We’re Zero Waste Portsmouth. Since 2017, we’ve been running workshops, talks and events about how to live more sustainable lives in our brilliant seaside city.

Thanks to dozens of members of our community, we host events that bring like-minded people together to share their skills, knowledge & ideas. We’re a non-profit group, workshops are pay-as-you-feel (to cover material costs) and discussions and talks are always free.

Looking after our planet and living sustainably is something we truly believe in, and something we believe happens best when we work together. Will you join us?

Get involved by browsing our site’s pages, or keep scrolling to hear more about our journey so far.

Our Journey

Zero Waste Portsmouth (ZWP) was set up in 2017 by Delphine, Esther & Rosie. They met up over coffee to discuss the ways Portsmouth could inspire its residents to reduce their impact on the planet and live more in harmony with nature.

This meeting eventually led to dozens of workshops, talks, tutorials & conversations with our community, as well as a Facebook Discussion Group with over 1.4K members answering common questions and sharing Zero-Waste tips.

Group meeting March
Photo: Zero Waste Portsmouth discussion at The Makers Guild.

Frustrated at the lack of plastic-free bulk shopping in Portsmouth, Delphine & Esther created a steering committee of volunteers to build a non-profit plastic-free supermarket, The Package Free Larder. With the help of 905 donations, hundreds of volunteers and an amazing Β£43,765 raised on crowdfunder in 2019, The Package Free Larder is proof of how powerful we are as consumers and how much we can strive for change.

Read about The Package Free Larder, our volunteer-led plastic-free supermarket, here.

A big thanks to Community Accelerator

Community Accelerator helped form Zero Waste Portsmouth and to get our idea of Package Free Larder off the ground and without them we wouldn’t be where we are today!

“We are a small group of people committed to inclusivity and social justice, respecting resource limits and creating resilience in our community”

The group supports local projects, here in Portsmouth, who are seeking environmental, social and economic justice for some of the challenges of our times.

See their website here


Why Zero-Waste?

Portsmouth has one of the lowest recycling rates in the UK, coming in at 321st out of 345 local authorities for the period of April 2017 to March 2018. Only 24.8% of household waste collected in our city is sent to be reused, recycled or composted.

Although we’re often taught that recycling is a great option, Waste Framework Directives all across the world establish prevention as the highest priority in managing our ever-growing mountains of rubbish. We believe that only when we refuse, reduce and THEN re-use and recycle our goods, can we can move towards a truly circular economy.

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It’s common to feel overwhelmed when faced with such big environmental problems, which is why when you stumble upon little pockets of people with the same goal in mind as you, it’s really special and comforting.

Lucky for us, we have here in Portsmouth a vivid community engaged in addressing the social and environmental challenges we currently face. We’re so grateful to have met and worked with some of these brilliant people over the years and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating them.

Scroll up to navigate the site, ask us questions or browse our resources. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram by clicking the icons, and join our friendly Facebook Discussion Group to get help from our local community (Portsmouth residents only).