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Zero Waste Maps


Joanna Kadziolka

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Circular Economy

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Project „Zero Waste Maps“ got a third place at the 2019 Climathon, which took place across 156 cities in 50 countries. Kraków’s theme was mobility and zero-emissions. I wanted to encourage Krakow’s residents to use the map of services located in their closest living area and be zero waste. I decided that distance of 10 minutes would be enough to find places where citizens can do basic shopping with their own bag/box/cup or have their shoes or laptop repaired.

With a happy coincidence, the Public Transport Office was looking to replace its maps in one of the Krakow’s districts called Nowa Huta, and I was able to receive three spots to display maps on a trial basis.

The idea is beneficial from many angles. Not only do customers reduce single use plastic (in favor of the reusables, because the campaign’s focus is on the reduction of waste, such as plastic bags, food packaging and coffee cups, which often land in the bin a few minutes after purchase.), but they also limit their commute and as a result CO2 emissions. What’s more, the maps support smaller shopkeepers and buying locally.

I want to promote this idea by encouraging people to create their own maps (in cooperation with local NGOs & municipalities). The next step is to organize city walks, explaining what „zero waste lifestyle“ really means and how citizens can implement it in their own lives (by showing how to do the shopping locally, by meeting local craftsmen etc.).