Zero-Con

Zero-Con, the UK’s first Zero waste Conference took place in Liverpool on the 26th and 27th January 2019. It was held at Make. North Docks and was comprised of:

An ecofair, with stalls by the businesses listed below. The stalls were a huge success, with 100% positive feedback from the stalls holders.

      • Just Little Changes
      • The Green Party
      • Refill Liverpool
      • Waste Not Want Not Birkenhead
      • Waiora
      • Nurtured.me
      • Mi Apparel
      • Unpackaged
    • Bizerba
      • Millo Handmade Gifts
      • Little World Market
      • Presence not Presents
      • Ethos Magazine
      • Small Steps Events
      • Recycle & Reuse With Jess
      • Organiqua
      • Mary Makes
      • Emma Summerscales
    • Eco Bambino

An Ecobricking Area, where attendees could learn about ecobricks, sit on ecobrick stools, play with the ecobricks (including ecobricks skittles) and talk to ecobrick expert Lucie Mann (The Watercress Queen). Over 300 ecobricks were on display, and many more were dropped off over the course of the event.

A Family and Craft area, with activities including colour in your own canvas bag, plant your own foot in upcycled newspaper pots and a “Clear the Ocean” game, similar to hook-a-duck. This was very successful, with over 40 bags being coloured in and taken home, and over 50 pots planted.

A Swap Shop, where attendees were invited to bring items of clothing, kidsware, homewares and hobby equipment that they don’t use anymore, and to swap them for other peoples unwanted items. This was extremely successful, and the leftover items were taken to asylum, refugee and homeless shelters in Liverpool.

Workshops, where attendees were able to make their own wax wraps, soaps from native plants, toilet bombs sold out. There was also workshops in repairing your own clothes which was very successful. We also hosted another sold out workshop by Unpackaged, on How to Start your own Zero Waste Shop. Feedback from attendees was for more, and longer workshops, which we will deliver on at the next Zero-Con

Plastic Free Food  was provided by CAN Waterloo, Liverpool’s first zero-waste restaurant. CAN provided a wide range of delicious vegan food, and sold completely out on both days.

Talks. There was talks on The Plastic Crisis, by Emma Thomas; The Ecobricks Project by Lucie Mann; Influencing Politicians to be Greener by the Green Party and 20 Ways to Lead a Less Wasteful Lifestyle by Kat Black.

Cloth Menstrual Pad Wall. We had a display of Cloth Menstrual Pads to educate and promote the use of alternatives to disposable period products. This wall was very successful, selling over 50% of it’s stock over the course of the weekend. Three UK pad makers contributed to the wall, in the future we would like to get lots more involved, as it was a real talking point and introduced lots of new people to the concept.

The Promo Wall. In the social space of the bar, we created a promotional wall where eco-businesses were invited to pin up their flyers, posters and business cards. Attendees were then invited to photograph the wall, as a zero-waste alternative to taking a flyer each. We were sent many posters and flyers in advance, and this made for a very visually appealing feature.

After the success of Zero-Con Liverpool, we are planning further Zero-Cons in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham to take place in 2019. If you’d be interested in getting involved, please get in touch with kat@justlittlechanges.com. We are especially interested in: having a repair cafe; cloth nappy and sling libraries; plastic-free greengrocers; eco-friendly food and drinks; workshop providers.