About the event
Zero-Con is the Uk's Zero-Waste Conference. We ran our first event in Liverpool in January 2019. It was the first event of it's kind in the UK. We are planning another three events for 2019.
Goals and Aims
Zero-Con's aim is to promote eco-friendly living through education at a public and corporate level.
Our goals include:
Remove wasteful cleaning practices from homes and workplaces through workshops, social media and demonstrations
Reduce pointless waste in offices by education of office managers and suppliers
Reduce foodwaste by education and changing attitudes towards food
Eradicate polystyrene take-away packaging by educating shop owners
Educate companies on the importance of sustainability and introduce the idea that disposable plastic is a design choice that they influence and choose.
Encouraging the public to choose to reuse, rather than to bin
Zero-Con Liverpool in Review
Zero-Con Liverpool took place on the 26th and 27th January 2019, at Make Liverpool. We sold over a thousand tickets and received high attendance, positive feedback and a desire to create more, bigger Zero-Cons around the UK.
Zero-Con Liverpool was an excellent test run for a large event. We have been able to evaluate what worked, what could be improved and have determined how to move forward into a larger event. Zero-Con Liverpool was funded by Just Little Changes, with sponsorship by Martek and LJMU. Attendees paid a voluntary donation for their tickets, and paid for their talks and workshops. In the future we would like to offer a greater range of workshops and talks available for free to the attendees so that we can share the message of sustainable living to a greater audience.
The first Zero-Con was made up of 9 key elements. These included:
An ecofair, with stalls by the businesses listed below. The stalls were a huge success, with 100% positive feedback from the stalls holders:
Just Little Changes, The Green Party, Refill Liverpool, Waste Not Want Not Birkenhead, Waiora, Nurtured.me, Mi Apparel, Unpackaged, Bizerba, Millo Handmade Gifts, Little World Market. Presence not Presents, Ethos Magazine, Small Steps Events, Recycle & Reuse With Jess, Organiqua, Mary Makes, Emma Summerscales, Eco Bambino.
An Ecobricking Area, where attendees could learn about ecobricks, sit on ecobrick stools, play with the ecobricks (including ecobricks skittles) and talk to ecobrick expert Lucie Mann (The Watercress Queen). Over 300 ecobricks were on display, and many more were dropped off over the course of the event.
A Family and Craft area, with activities including colour in your own canvas bag, plant your own food in upcycled newspaper pots and a “Clear the Ocean” game, similar to hook-a-duck. This was very successful, with over 40 bags being coloured in and taken home, and over 50 pots planted.
A Swap Shop, where attendees were invited to bring items of clothing, kidsware, homewares and hobby equipment that they don’t use anymore, and to swap them for other peoples unwanted items. This was extremely successful, and the leftover items were taken to asylum, refugee and homeless shelters in Liverpool.
The Workshops, where attendees were able to make their own wax wraps, soaps from native plants, toilet bombs sold out. There was also workshops in repairing your own clothes which was very successful. We hosted another sold out workshop by Unpackaged, on How to Start your own Zero Waste Shop. Feedback from attendees was for more, and longer workshops, which we will deliver on at the next Zero-Con.
Talks took place on both days, with Emma Thomas doing a sold out talk on The Plastic Crisis, Lucie Mann talking about the Ecobricks Project, the local Green Party doing a talk on how to influence your politicians to vote greener, and Kat Black talked about 20 Ways to Be Less Wasteful.
Plastic Free Food was provided by CAN Waterloo, Liverpool’s first zero-waste restaurant. CAN provided a wide range of delicious vegan food, and sold completely out on both days.
Cloth Menstrual Pad Wall. We had a display of Cloth Menstrual Pads to educate and promote the use of alternatives to disposable period products. This wall was very successful, selling over 50% of it’s stock over the course of the weekend. Three UK pad makers contributed to the wall, in the future we would like to get lots more involved, as it was a real talking point and introduced lots of new people to the concept.
The Promo Wall. In the social space of the bar, we created a promotional wall where eco-businesses were invited to pin up their flyers, posters and business cards. Attendees were then invited to photograph the wall, as a zero-waste alternative to taking a flyer each. We were sent many posters and flyers in advance, and this made for a very visually appealing feature.
We’re organising another three this year
We plan to run another three Zero-Cons in 2019. We would like to host them in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham, three cities with established low-waste communities. We are currently researching venues.
We found the venue at Zero-Con Liverpool (a large hall, with a workshop room and social room) only just adequate for the large event. In the future, we require a large main hall for the trade stalls and swap area, as well as several break out rooms for workshops and talks to run simultaneously. We'd also like for the family craft and eating areas to be separate to the main event space, as they were very noisy.
As you can see, we will need large venues. We cannot secure dates and venues until we can be sure to fund them, so we are looking for sponsors now.
Why should you sponsor?
How you can get involved
We’re currently looking for companies to collaborate with, and create sponsorship relationships with. If you’d like to access our audience of sustainability minded families and businesses there are lots of ways you can get involved. We welcome input from companies of all sizes and want to collaborate our skills to make future Zero-Cons really useful to the attendees.
If you’d like to do a workshop, or request and commission a talk or workshop in an area you’d like to learn more about, we can organise it. Your contacts, together with ours could create something amazing, so I’m keen to get acquainted with you and to find out how we could work together.
We cannot secure dates and venues until we can be sure that we’ll be able to pay for them. For this reason, we’re also looking for corporate sponsorship. We would like to offer flexible sponsorship packages. We welcome sponsorship in both cash and equipment forms. You can sponsor the whole event, or just individual parts. We welcome all ideas.
We want to make sure we're giving you value in return so we are open to suggestions of what representation your brand would like at the event.
- A page or sponsored article in the event brochure
- Your logo on relevant signage and promotional materials
- Our promoting your brand and it's sustainability goals on our social media
- A free stall
- You can commission a talk or workshop
- Free spaces for your employees on talks or workshops
We are a modern business and want to go forward in a sensible and straight forward way, so let us know exactly what you're thinking and we can go from there. We want to work with you to come up with a sponsorship deal that will benefit us both. We are flexible and want to get to know you so that we can offer you a package that brings you highest value for your sponsorship.
Remember that we can offer you positive exposure for your green initiatives. Sustainability is the only way forwards, and it's very beneficial for your company to be seen supporting a growing educational environmental event. Zero-Con's aim is to promote eco-friendly living through education at a public and corporate level. Most of the public won't even know about your green initiatives and policies. Here is your chance to really push them and show the general public that you're a progressive company with the future in mind.
By sponsoring Zero-Con, you're reassuring your existing customers that you are conscious of your companies impact on the planet, and are investing in improving our environment. It's an important message to be sending out right now.
So get in touch!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you, so that we can work on a proposal that will benefit us both and will progress Zero-Con and it’s important message further.
I’m currently in the process of moving offices, so it’s best to contact me on my mobile, 07760719685 or *****@****.***
My name is Kat Black. I run Just Little Changes (www.justlittlechange.com) and I'm an expert in Zero-Waste lifestyle.
I trained as an apprentice in Event Management and Community Engagement in 2012, and have run my own businesses since. My first was Pebble Dance, a dancewear company with my products in over 30 shops in the UK and Australia, and then I opened Just Little Changes as an online store in 2016.
Just Little Changes is a wholesale company that supplies zero-waste homewares and toiletries to over a hundred zero-waste shops in the UK.
I started JLC wholesale in January 2018, and have grown very fast, with over 13,000 followers on Facebook and a high-traffic website.
I am very active in the Zero-Waste community, admin of many of the key groups on Facebook and largely respected.
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