So, did you know it's the European Week for Waste Reduction? I guess it's not the most snappy of names to roll off the tongue, but I love the fact there is one week in the year that's dedicated towards bringing our diverse continent together in the fight against waste.
It also makes me feel that my dusty old degree in Modern European Studies from (cough) the 1980s, still has some relevance to my life today. The concluding motto in 1989 was that 'Europe is a unity through its diversity'. I can't remember what I made of that back then, but when it comes to tackling our mountain of waste, it's certainly relevant to today's range of initiatives - diverse yet united towards the same goal, that of waste minimisation.
So for EWWR, (a much snappier title), I thought I'd kick off with an introduction to one of my favourite Zero Waste blogs, Zero Waste Europe, and my top ten favourite blogposts, revealing some of the great ideas that are taking place on the continent as well as inspiration from further afield.
The association of Italian Zero Waste towns has been created
Little Museum of Bad Industrial Design
Kretsloppsarken. Recycling or amusement park?
A Zero Waste month in Sweden: 4 people = less than 1kg of waste!
The first European university to ban bottled water?
Retorna – When waste has a value it stops being waste
Repair café – a project to make friends, not waste
The art of Zero Waste!
David Andersen Copenhagen; designing waste out of fashion
On the Road to Zero Waste: Lessons from around the world
But seriously, don't stop there. There are plenty of other great posts, including some wonderful examples of waste reduction activities in the UK too, such as Nappy Ever After and Unpackaged.
For anyone who wants to explore the wider approach to Zero Waste, Zero Waste Europe really is a great place to start.
And on that note, as you travel virtually from country to country, perhaps all that's left to say, is 'Bon Voyage!'
European Week for Waste Reduction runs from 17-25 November. More information can be found at www.ewwr.eu. To follow events and discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #ewwr.