Looking for your zero waste tribe? You need to check out some of these great zero waste groups on Facebook. Here is a list to get your started including Australian specific zero waste groups and those that are global.
Going zero waste, plastic free or just trying to take more steps to living greener can be a lonely journey.
If your friends, family and real life social circle have no interest at all in the zero waste movement, you really need to consider finding your online tribe.
There are a few places you can do this, but personally, I've found zero waste Facebook groups and special interest groups to be invaluable in asking questions, sharing tips, seeing what others are doing and sometimes just having a whinge.
Do check the rules and never join with the intention of spamming your business, it is poor etiquette and you will likely be removed promptly.
Do share experiences, ask for advice and always remember to be respectful. These groups don't support judgey, mean comments. It can still happen, and you can report this to the admins but first try to work out if something was lost in translations as it's easy to misread meanings that weren't intended with text.
Zero Waste Facebook Groups Around The World
There are so many zero waste Facebook communities that deal with low and zero waste living, so this section sticks to those that are useful no matter where you live.
You can learn a lot by seeing how things are done around the world and compare notes, get ideas and of course ask lots of questions. Many of these groups can help you find more localised groups too. Larger groups tend to be more active, enabling you to tap into the brains trust of zero wasters.
Begin The Journey 2 Zero-Waste
This group is great for beginners or those still finding their way. You can find many discussions dealing with starting out and has Over 15,000 members around the globe.
Journey to Zero-Waste
At almost nearly 100,000 members, this group is for people that are trying to reduce the amount of waste they produce.
Zero Waste Vegans
The purpose of this group is to provide a supportive community where people trying to live a zero-waste vegan lifestyle can share their thoughts, struggles, achievements, questions, and information regarding zero-waste veganism. This group is for everyone
Living Zero Waste in a Non Zero Waste Home
Created as a place for people trying to reduce their trash to get support when they live in a home (or society) that doesn't support a zero waste practice as well.
Plastic Free Support
Provides support on how to live a plastic free life and how to create a plastic free world. As we gain knowledge on how our personal purchases impact our health and environment, some of us are joining the plastic free movement. Whether you want to cut down on plastic in small ways, or in big ways, we are here to motivate and support each other. Limiting our plastic consumption is not always easy, so let's come together, ask questions, and share our ideas!
Zero-Waste: The Journey's Next Level
ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? You should only click ‘Join’ if you’re already managing your general waste effectively, are ready to tackle more difficult challenges and have 'competent to advanced' skills in at least two activities associated with sustainability or activism. For Example: ** Foraging, Dumpster Diving or Scavenging ** Networking, Logistics or Online Activism ** Upcycling or DIY that extends beyond crafting & basic home maintenance ** Food Prep that extends beyond managing the family meals ** Volunteering, Leading Community Activities or Animal Rescue Group members should be ready to embrace advanced, personal challenges such as: ** Focused and ongoing outreach or activism ** Living (or preparing to start) off-grid, homestead or sustainable lifestyles ** Transitioning to more globally sustainable diets ** Moving towards significantly reduced fossil fuel or water consumption ** Consciously developing 'out-of-the-box' approaches to a reductionist life-style
Zero Waste Heroes!
This Facebook group was set up due to popular demand after a successful Zero Waste Week.
Zero Waste Minimalist
You're into minimalism and you also believe in zero waste, this group is all about the life of those who adopt a minimalist and zero waste lifestyle. Owning less makes us happy, and producing less waste makes us happy too. Join the conversation and help encourage others to reduce their wants and be more conscious about the waste they produce.
Zero-Waste Student Living
This is a Zero-Waste space for anyone under the age of 30 who's a student or is about to become a student. Non-Students joining this group will, literally, bring about a Zombie Apocalypse so... awkward. This group is meant for students, not teachers, not professors, etc. This is so that we can create an environment where students feel free to be completely themselves and don't have to filter themselves.
Zero Waste Teachers
This group is for everyone who is an educator/child care provider ~ home schooling, public ed, nannies and guardians/parents etc. This group is for all gender identities and expressions and will not tolerate gender exclusive language 💚 Let’s share our tips to help the planet through our educating!
Zero Waste DIY Journeys
Doing DIY the Zero-Waste way! For example: repurposing, refurbishing, restoring, upcycling, utilising scraps of this and that to make something new, mixing your own makeup, self-care & cleaning products, building your hoard of home-made presents etc. Please note that food and gardening can only be discussed in terms of present making, event planning etc. This is a sub-group of Journey to Zero-Waste and J2ZW specialty groups are topic specific & don’t allow generalized ‘Waste Reduction’ posts & conversations. We encourage people to engage in the ‘Waste Reduction Journey’ on their own terms & to progress at their own pace.
Zero Waste, Zero Woo
If you understand the need to eliminate single use plastics and drastically reduce the amount of waste we create and are looking for helpful suggestions and support, but also have a basic grasp of science and understand that there's no such thing as chemical free anything, that fluoride is good for your teeth, that aluminium in your deodorant won't kill you, that vaccines save lives, that cannabis doesn't cure cancer, that blogs are not generally authoritative sources, that n=1 is not a sufficient sample size, and that David "Avocado" Wolfe has never said anything worth listening to in his life, then this is the group for you. Posting woo will lead either to warnings or to immediate booting, depending how tolerant the admins happen to be feeling!
Zero Waste Making Circle
A zero waste making circle in the hope to move forwards in both frugal living and helping the environment by reducing waste and avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. The aims of this group are: For members to gain an understanding of what they can make at home to reduce cost and wastes and the process behind it. To introduce or re-familiarise participants with the process of making consumables; perishables; detergents and cosmetics. To practise using these processes to reach better environmental and cost effective living. I have created a tailor made plan of varied workshops that will cover homemade detergents, re-usable's, consumables and cosmetics. AND to support the incentives of Surfers Against Sewers and promote a disposable plastic free community.
Australian Zero Waste Facebook Groups
If you're living in Australia, finding Facebook groups that focus on aspects of being a zero waste aussie is super useful and fantastic for sharing zero waste tips, experiences and to ask questions.
There can be considerable differences between Australia and the rest of the world so narrowing it down can be helpful.
Zero Waste Down Under
As the name suggests, this group is for anyone in Australia going zero waste.
War On Waste AU
This group is focused on, and dedicated to reducing all waste, from the household to the hospital. Share your inventions, recycling ideas, any details on proven re-usable products and all waste-buster groups and businesses. Tell us your tricks and tactics, to refuse, reuse, save money and be the solution. We respond to the ABC War On Waste documentary series which is compelling the nation to seriously re-examine the ways we consume, discard and dispose of the mass produced.This is an Australian based group, so please keep information about Australia not overseas.
Zero Waste Aussie
A group to discuss information and ideas regarding zero waste and sustainable living and environmental care. Positive change starts with one person.
Sustainable Living Australia
A group intended for Australians to have a community feel within the country, state, city and townships! If it is not stated that you live in Australia or is obvious, unfortunately, you will not be added to the group! A space for those interested in sustainable living. AUSTRALIA ONLY e.g. zero-waste, minimalism, community gardens, vegetarian, vegan. Share local businesses and own stories of sustainability, ask questions and give advice. Positivity only ✌️️
Australian State & Territory Based Zero Waste & Plastic Free Support Groups
Locating a very local group for your state/territory, city or even suburb can be invaluable. They can help find local bulk shops, specific zero waste items, local events or workshops and other organisations as well as connect to like minded people locally. I've met some amazing people through my local zero waste groups.
These are just the groups I have found so far, but feel free to let me know the details of your local group and I'll be happy to add them to the list.
Zero Waste Adelaide
We want to care for others through caring for our environment. One of the biggest impacts that we each have on the environment is our household waste (both landfill and recycling). This group is to help support each other in the goal to reduce or even create zero waste!
Reduce Reuse Recycle in Radelaide
A space for sharing ways to Reduce Reuse Recycle in Adelaide.
*Apologies to those who do not like the term 'Radelaide' for Adelaide but it works for the alliteration 😉
Port Adelaide/Lefevre Peninsula Reduces, Reuses and Recycles Right!
A friendly and supportive community group committed to reducing waste, reusing resources and recycling in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
Zero Waste Heroes Adelaide
This group has been set up to share ideas and options with other people who are trying to reduce the amount of waste they produce.
Plastic Free Adelaide
From plastic pollution, to the draining of precious resources, to the negative impact on our health, there are a whole lot of reasons to reduce our plastic consumption. We want to make Adelaide the leaders in living life without plastic!
War On Waste Adelaide Hills
This group focuses on reducing waste specifically in the Adelaide Hills region.
Adelaide Waste Collective
Sharing ideas for achievable ways of reducing waste throughout the community, and gain support of the group in putting them into action. This group is specifically about taking action, rather than sharing advice or promoting other things.
Zero Waste Tasmania
Share information, ideas and inspiration on ways to produce less waste at home and in your community. This group has a Tasmanian focus, but accepts discussion around waste reduction that is relevant to other areas. Whether you are new to waste-free living, or you already living without waste, or are somewhere in between, you are we welcome to participate. .
Zero Waste Reusables Exchange Hobart
This is a page where you can exchange or offer any recyclables or reusables to other members, share great craft ideas and have general discussion
Zero Waste Victoria
Sharing information and resources, to help each other reduce rubbish sent to landfill.
Coburg Reduce Reuse Recycle
A place to: - Give away things you don’t want/need anymore - Ask if anyone has what you need before you go out and buy it - Ask for/share advice re how to reduce waste - Ask for/share local businesses that support reducing waste (eg deli/butcher etc that allows BYO containers) - Generally support each other in the pursuit of minimising waste
Zero Waste Westies (Melbourne's Western suburbs)
Zero Waste Westies is all about sharing experiences, knowledge, ideas and inspiration in a supportive and respectful environment on our journey to a zero waste lifestyle.
Towards Zero Waste Bendigo
Through free public events and activities our group aims to help the community creatively rethink our relationship with waste. Why are we so passionate about waste? In reducing waste we have the opportunity to reduce a number of other environmental resources along the way.
Zero Waste Vegans Melbourne
For those who are both Vegan and living Zero Waste or those who want some like minded friends to help get there :)
Zero Waste Sunraysia
Zero Waste Sunraysia is a group for sharing information and resources, to help each other reduce rubbish sent to landfill. Everyone has to start somewhere, hopefully this group can give you ideas and tips on reducing your waste. Feel free to post photos and articles relating to zero Waste and ask as many questions as you need!
Plastic Free Peninsula
Plastic bags have been banned in Victoria and will start to be phased out in coming months, which is great news! There is still much to do though, to move towards a plastic-free environment. We hope you'll join us in supporting the spread of Boomerang Bags, and saying NO! to plastic when you shop. There are many alternatives to plastic that are less harmful to the environment and don't end up in our precious waterways and oceans. Share what you know here and help others become less dependent on plastic. We're looking for supportive, enthusiastic people to get on board and help to reduce waste in our environment. Respect.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Zero Waste Sydney
This is a group for people who are interested in ways to reduce their day-to-day household waste, contributing to a greener and more sustainable Sydney.
Towards Zero Waste - Sydney
An online community for passionate and aspiring zero wasters from the Sydney area to share thoughts, rants, tips and to support each other towards our goals. This is intended to be a safe space where you can ask questions, get advice or even just vent about things that might be getting to you.
Zero Waste Newcastle
Newcastle already has some wonderful resources around living sustainably, reducing food waste and making small changes in our everyday lives to reduce, reuse and recycle - this page aims to build on these by stimulating discussion and community involvement, and to inspire more ideas and more people to move towards zero-waste.
Zero Waste Blue Mountains
Zero Waste Blue Mountains is a sister group to Zero Waste Tasmania. We are a space for the local community, and those who visit us, to consider the impact of waste from our households and businesses, on the delicate ecosystems we inhabit.
Plastic Free Life - Dubbo
Let this group inspire you to rid your life of single-use plastic and spare the generations to come from living with our refuse. Share your ideas, learn what the alternatives are. Be the solution.
Canberra and ACT
Zero Waste Canberra
Let's share tips and tricks that you've learnt about reducing waste in Canberra.
Buy Nothing Kaleen/Lawson/Giralang, ACT
Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share creatively. We offer members a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbours. Post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share in this Buy Nothing community group. Ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow.
Zero Waste Queensland
Creating a community of people interested in reducing their waste in the Queensland region. A place to share tips and recommendations.
Towards Zero Waste Queensland
A community forum to share ideas and knowledge to transition to a zero waste
Zero Waste Lifestyle Brisbane tips
A community to share tips for reducing waste in your homes. Let’s talk about local initiatives, diy ideas and best products. Let’s help the world one step at a time. Every little bit counts.
Journey to Zero Waste (and Plastic Free Living) Gold Coast
This group was created to help encourage, share, create and teach like-minded people who want to make sustainable changes within their everyday lives that will have a positive impact on their footprint, their health and ultimately, the environment which we all depend on.
Towards Zero Waste Far North Queensland
Group for people in Far North Queensland to share tips and ask questions about zero-waste or reduced waste living. Also a good place to highlight businesses that are doing the right thing!
Plastic Free FNQ
This is a collaborative public forum coordinated by multiple groups and individuals in Far North Queensland who are concerned about the impacts single use plastics are having on our terrestrial and ocean environments worldwide.
Discussion, tips, events and posting information related to single use plastics.
and linking in all plastic related events into this group so you can see what’s happening across the Far North in one place.
Zero Waste Ipswich & Surrounds
A place for people in Ipswich & Surrounds to come together and help each other in our journey to a zero waste lifestyle!
Zero Waste Alice Springs
Community forum for sharing ideas and opportunities for Zero Waste in Central Australia
Zero Waste Darwin
Darwin’s zero waste community, here for advise and tips on ZW lifestyle
Note: this group is small and seems like it may be inactive
Zero Waste + Plastic Free Living Perth WA
We are a friendly and supportive bunch working to make it easier for people living in Perth to choose zero waste and plastic-free lifestyles. The "Files" section contain plenty of resources including where to find bulk stores locally and other businesses that support zero waste and plastic free living. You're welcome to edit them if you find a new store that's not listed, or want to change the details for one that is already listed. The "Discussion" is the space where you can ask questions, provide answers, share stories of success or those facepalm moments and seek solace (!) from the consumer treadmill.
Zero Waste WA
For like minded people in WA who care about real zero waste solutions for our community, our environment and our future. This forum is to promote safe, sustainable zero waste solutions, share information about recycling, reuse, composting and any other non thermal waste management solution or idea that will help us become a Zero Waste Society.
Zero Waste in the Workplace Perth WA
A friendly and supportive group of likeminded individuals, who live and work in Perth, Western Australia and want to start making a difference in our workplace. Are you someone who has reduced your waste, recycles more and are more environmentally conscious? Are you someone who has implemented to a certain degree the zero waste/plastic free lifestyle at home? Are you someone that works for a small to large business in Perth Western Australia and has noticed that the company could do a lot more in regards to their environmental footprint? Are you someone that wants to take your zero waste/plastic free initiatives into the workplace and implement real change? Are you someone that is trying to implement change but are feeling lost, alone and need inspiration?
What if there isn't a zero waste group near you?
If you can't find a group that is local or specific enough, you may want to think about starting up your own. Here are some great tips and guidance on how to set up your own zero waste Facebook group, AND how to make sure you aren't creating something that already exists.
There are definitely more groups out there and if you know of any, let me know and I'll add them to the list. (I prefer not to include groups that are business driven just because it can be difficult to assess their usefulness.)
I recommend joining a few, but not ALL of them as it may fill up your newsfeed. Work out which ones most resonate with you and your lifestyle and go from there.
Good luck finding your tribe on your zero waste or plastic free journey.