By Bronwyn Green
I will talk from experience about setting up a zero waste grocer in Aotearoa. I will speak about the work we do with regards to education and outreach as well as the work we do further up the supply chain to reduce back of house waste. I will also speak about the collaboration of zero waste grocers across the country which has led to the incorporation of Sustain Aotearoa: Independent Zero Waste Grocers.
OFFICIAL WELCOME & PANEL DISCUSSION
This session kicks off a week of zero waste goodness. Zero Waste Network Board members and staff will welcome participants and give some background to the event before the first panel discussion begins.
Our first panel will look at reuse systems. Reuse is a cornerstone activity of the zero waste approach. Despite single-use being ubiquitous in the food & beverage industry, there are hopeful signs this could change. This session will look at what those in the business think are some opportunities and barriers for increased use of reuse systems in Aotearoa and provide insight into some of the key players and bigger picture context.