No Waste November

Written By: Florence McCambridge, JGI Canada Volunteer
Category: Youth Power

Looking to make a big impact with one small change? We’ve got just the thing.

No Waste November is a Roots & Shoots initiative where people around the world make a commitment to reduce the amount of waste they produce for an entire month. It’s the brainchild of student University of Toronto Sabrina Lau (a Roots & Shoots Post Secondary Chapter Leader) and her team of other youth leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, England and New Zealand who were lucky enough to spend a week with Jane Goodall at Windsor Castle in England alongside other Roots & Shoots leaders from many different countries. They presented their idea at the end of the six-day gathering, and they hope No Waste November will become a global movement to inspire youth to pledge to reduce or eliminate waste in their lives.Group of Roots & Shoots Leaders at Windsor Castle

While people in different parts of the world may vary in their definition of “waste”, everyone can still participate in cutting back. Why one month? Studies show it takes about a month for something to become a habit. So by taking the pledge for the month of November, you’ll be well on your way to living a waste-free life! 

Here’s how to get involved in No Waste November: 

Step 1: Make a pledge
Need some inspiration for your No Waste November pledge? How about saying no thanks to plastic straws when you order a drink, or carrying your groceries home in reusable bags. You can also eliminate plastic bags and cutlery from your lunch, and sip your coffee or water out of reusable mugs and tumblers.

Step 2: Write it down
By writing down your goals, you increase the odds of achieving them, so download a No Waste November pledge card and write what you’re planning on reducing or eliminating this month.

Step 3: Snap a pic
Take a picture of you and your pledge card and share it on social media with the hashtags #NWN2017 and #NoWasteNovember.

Step 4: Keep it up
Keep up the good work for the rest of the month…and beyond! And make sure to follow along with the movement online: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram!


The JGI Canada office has taken the pledge, now it’s your turn!

JGI Canada team holding up their pledge cards

Do you want to be a part of the movement?

Take the pledge now!
Photo Credits: Jen Duffy/JGI Canada, Cora Larkins/JGI Canada