WasteLess is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to changing the harmful habits that affect the way we make, dispose of and think about waste.
Why Waste Less?
Waste is a serious and growing global problem. The way we use and discard it is quickly destroying the earth and damaging our health faster than most people realise. Our planet can’t handle it, and neither can we.
Presently, when we think of waste we follow a linear model. A product is created, we purchase it and, when we’ve used it, we throw away whatever’s left. However, this approach generates an amazing amount of ‘unseen’ waste long before consumers touch it. Conservative experts claim that each kilo of garbage we dispose of in our bins produces 40 kilos of waste upstream (extraction, production and distribution).
After waste is generated, it is typically transported from our lives without much thought. For us, it’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’. For our public systems, it’s a nuisance to be dealt with cheaply and quickly. For future generations, it’s one of the biggest mistakes we are making.
We urgently need to raise awareness, change behaviour and inspire an estimated 7 billion+ people to generate less waste.
It’s time to change. It’s time to become conscious of the impact of the products we choose, use and throw away every day. It’s time to waste less.
How we work
Imagine for a moment that you come home to discover a running tap that has soaked the floor. What would you do first; start mopping up the water or turn off the tap?
Most of us would turn off the tap.
So far, the issue of waste has generally been addressed through the mopping approach (collection and disposal of waste). Our team, on the other hand, believes in ‘closing the tap’. This is what makes WasteLess different.
How Do We Close the Tap?
At WasteLess, we believe that through education, we can initiate great changes in the way we make, dispose of, and think about waste. This way we can pass on a flourishing, clean planet to future generations.
Innovative education for
sustainable waste management
We have developed an innovative, activity-based curriculum called Garbology 101. It is and educational tool kit that includes a 101 multi intelligence activities aimed to educated children (6-12 years of age) about waste, consumerism and the environment. It integrates easily into school programmes and stimulates analysis, critical thinking and hands on learning for a Clean India. For more information please refer to the following document: Garbology 101 introduction or the TEDx talk on Garbology 101.
‘Pick it Up’ card game
Since separation at source remains one of the major challenges for waste management today, we have developed an innovative card game called ‘Pick it Up. It aims to spread awareness on waste separation in a fun and interactive way. Pick it Up teachers you how to separate and recycle your waste through the informal sector, while highlighting common waste items which have high monetary value. Pick it Up targets children from 7 years of age and above and is available in two versions (Tamil/English and Hindi/English).
Professional waste audits
At WasteLess we aim to help organisations achieve that highest level of environmental respect and consideration. Our team offers professional waste audits in a variety of settings including schools, corporates, small businesses and events. Our waste audits produce tangible results, saving you money and minimising your ecological impact.
Engaging campaigns that target waste
We also specialise in communication strategies, branding and designing innovative marketing campaigns which engage all stakeholders and encourage citizenship participation. Our campaigns are tailored to the needs of our clients to maximise their impact. We believe that education is a vital component of sustainable integrated solid waste management as it inspires and motivates participation in source separation, reduces littering and increases the success and profitability of waste collection and processing services.
Visit the WasteLess website: www.wastelessindia.org
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch: TEDx talk on Garbology 101
Download: WasteLess brochure