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.
|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.
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.
Meet Our Leaders
Dr. Quach Thi Xuan
Head of Urban Studies Division, Da Nang Institute of Socio Economic Development
Associate Lecturer at RMIT, Founding Member of Vietnam Clean and Green
Marine Biologist, Pacific Environment Marine Campaigns and Planning
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.
Need some ideas for how to #BreakFreeFromPlastic? Our friends from around the Pacific Rim are here to give you some inspiration.
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We are looking to raise funds for our campaign and any amount donated would benefit the environment as we preserve it for the next generation for Vietnam