ZERO WASTE VN

 

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Who We Are?

Grassroots alliance.   We are a group of concerned citizens from a wide variety of organisations with the goal of making Vietnam a more sustainable country. The VZWA is comprised of a blend of private companies, governmental organisations, non-profit groups, NGOs, universities and International advisors.

 

MISSION VISION
We envision an Vietnamese population educated about and moving towards achieving zero waste within the next 10 years. We will strive to achieve zero waste drawing from international standards

We strive to bring together organizations to move Vietnamese communities toward achieving zero waste status in Vietnam.

We bring the methods and ideas of zero waste best practices to Vietnam and attempt to adapt them for the most effective implementation within the Vietnamese context.

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What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a movement that focuses on the 5 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Redesign.

Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. This is an essential practice for many organizations that rely on a healthy Earth for their livelihood, such as farmers, tour operators, and fisherman.

Our organization strongly believes this cause and working hard to implement the following:

 

  • Eliminating waste sent to dumps/landfills.
  • Practicing the 5 ‘R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Redesign (in that order) – Prioritizing refusing waste such as plastic bags, and reducing the consumption of products that result in waste generation.
  • Minimizing waste that needs to be recycled.
  • Turning “waste” into a useful product such as compost for fertilizer, so that it is not wasted.

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Meet Our Leaders

Dr. Quach Thi Xuan

Dr. Quach Thi Xuan

Head of Urban Studies Division, Da Nang Institute of Socio Economic Development

Nhan Nguyen

Nhan Nguyen

Associate Lecturer at RMIT, Founding Member of Vietnam Clean and Green

Nicole Portley

Nicole Portley

Marine Biologist, Pacific Environment Marine Campaigns and Planning

Dr. Chu Manh Trinh

Dr. Chu Manh Trinh

Researcher at Cham Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA)

Meet Our Members

Want to have make a difference? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Volunteers are needed. The only qualification required is your desire to help save the environment. You don’t need any medical skills; you don’t even need a college degree; you don’t even need to know what to say.

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30 Day Plastic Free Challenge with VZWA

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people become an important part of solutions to reduce plastic pollution – simple examples can be seen as cleaning the streets, the sea, making the community more beautiful. This is a month-long campaign to...

Stop Shipping Plastic Waste

Ending waste exports from rich to weaker economies is crucial to reducing plastic pollution, and protecting communities from the impacts of the plastic waste trade. In 2021, a Shipping Lines Campaign was launched by the Basel Action Network, The Last Beach Cleanup,...

Reuse Campaign “Bring me to a new home instead”

Reuse Campaign “Bring me to a new home instead”

According to statistics, Viet Nam is claimed to rank fourth in causing marine plastic pollution in the world. Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance’s audit report shows that each individual uses up to approximately 500 plastic bags a year on average.  Since the 1990s, the...

Produce wrapped in clay film stays fresher longer

Produce wrapped in clay film stays fresher longer

A clay film developed by a team of researchers from the National Institute of Materials Science Japan (NIMS), the University of Queensland and National Taiwan University reportedly ensures the long-term storage of fresh produce. By adjusting the size of the particles...

Are bioplastics the green solution we have been waiting for?

Are bioplastics the green solution we have been waiting for?

Bioplastics can be produced from a range of renewable biomass sources such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, sawdust and even recycled food waste. Some may require more resource-intensive raw materials and manufacturing processes, resulting in higher environmental impacts. To maximise the material’s benefits, priority should be given to next-generation feedstocks that have lower life cycle impacts, such as food crops suitable for consumption; non-food cellulosic crops; algae, agricultural by-products and waste streams.

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