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January 24th-30th, 2022

Join RCM’s Green Week Zero Waste Challenge

This challenge will teach you, step-by-step, how to produce less waste and support the circular economy in London!

The challenge is hosted in loving memory of Christopher Quentin McMullen-Laird.

Awesome! Now head over to your email to confirm your participation.

The Challenge

You’ll join students, faculty, and college staff to try and produce no rubbish or recycling for all of Green Week.


Throuought the week you’ll get one email a day teaching you how to go zero waste.


The challenge is led by 6 year zero waste veterans, and Chris’ siblings, Lydia McMullen-Laird and Samuel McMullen. They’ll show you everything you need to know to have a successful week!

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Perks of Participating

  • Orientation session with Samuel & Lydia (recorded for those who can’t make it)
  • Daily email lessons on living zero waste at RCM during the challenge
  • Get access to our circular economy map and resources near RCM.
  • Daily virtual office hours with Samuel & Lydia to get your zero waste questions answered

Challenge Schedule

Day 1: Basics

You’ll start off learning the basics and groundrules and we’ll give you our zero waste essentials list so you always have what you need out in the world.

Day 2: Food

Learn how to plan a zero waste shopping trip and get some of our favorite recipes and resources for a zero waste kitchen.

Day 3: Compost

Learn all things compost! Why composting is our #1 zero waste swap, and how to set up (or find) a compost solution that works for you.

Day 4: Home

Learn how to go zero waste at home, from clothing to cleaning. We’ll tackle hygiene, home office, and show you some tips and resources to get started on your zero waste home!

Day 5: Life

Avoiding waste doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life. We’ll give you some pointers and even a script for how to have positive interactions around zero waste.

Day 6: Action

Now you’ll know more than most people do about zero waste and the circular economy! It’s time to take that knowledge out into the world. We’ll give you ways to stay involved and advocate for a zero waste world!

What counts as “zero waste”?

We consider anything produced new for you as “waste”. This includes recycleables and any non-compostable packaging. Importantly it also means any appliances, t-shirts, bags, anything that you purchase new.

What if I produce trash or recycling during the challenge?

No worries! You’re not in this to shame yourself into lowering your waste. It’s all about understanding where your trash comes from, and collecting it over the course of a week is a really helpful way to get an idea where you can make improvements.

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Register For Free

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