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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Dong Ngac primary school – toward a Zero Waste School

Dong Ngac primary school – toward a Zero Waste School

Dong Ngac Elementary School in Bac Tu Liem District has become a model in promoting environmentally responsible living and protecting the Earth. Here, students are not only educated about knowledge, but also engage in practical activities. The school has put in place...

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The Rise of Fabric Bags – A Symbol of Sustainability

The Rise of Fabric Bags – A Symbol of Sustainability

In recent years, fabric/tote bags have become a symbol of sustainability, promoted as a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags. With slogans like "Save the Earth" printed on their fabric, fabric bags have become popular...

Imported Plastic Waste in Vietnam, substainable or not

Imported Plastic Waste in Vietnam, substainable or not

Hanoi, January 25, 2024 - Bros Joint Stock Company, in collaboration with Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, organized a talk show with the theme "Imported Plastic Waste." The event is sponsored by the Pacific Environment Vietnam (PE-VN)...

Dong Ngac primary school – toward a Zero Waste School

Dong Ngac primary school – toward a Zero Waste School

Dong Ngac Elementary School in Bac Tu Liem District has become a model in promoting environmentally responsible living and protecting the Earth. Here, students are not only educated about knowledge, but also engage in practical activities. The school has put in place...

Some key points from INC-3

Some key points from INC-3

The third round of negotiations has attracted over 500 proposals from governments, non-governmental organizations, and strong efforts to reach an agreement on controlling plastic and plastic pollution by the end of 2024. Despite being more than halfway through the...

Fishing nets: the double-edged plastic swords in our ocean

Fishing nets: the double-edged plastic swords in our ocean

Fishers in the Greek port of Keratsini used to throw their old fishing nets into the sea, harming wildlife, disrupting ecosystem services and indirectly threatening human health. Thanks to training from the non-profit enterprise Enaleia, fishers from this and 41 other...

The wishing of waste pickers in HoiAn

The wishing of waste pickers in HoiAn

The waste pickers group is responsible for collecting and recovering up to 60% of the total plastic for recycling. This makes it evident that they are the key to alleviating the pressing issue of plastic pollution, which is a significant concern today. However, their work is seldom valued, and they often struggle tirelessly to make a living.

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