Student winner

Holly Smith, School of Health Sciences

Want Not Waste began as a pop-up shop in the Students’ Union in December of 2018 and under Holly’s leadership has moved into its own premises next to the Manchester Academy.  The project aims to promote sustainable goods at accessible prices and the shop also serves as a recycling point for many products. The project creates an easy and accessible way for people to reduce their waste, whilst at the same time becoming more socially responsible as an individual.

Over this academic year Holly has moved the shop into a new space, expanded the product line, taken on and trained new volunteers, and strengthened the offer that Want Not Waste provides.

Holly and the team don’t just offer products; they give tips and tricks about introducing ‘zero waste’ into customers own lives, which helps people to get started making changes and introducing a more sustainable lifestyle.  The team also run workshops and events at no cost, to allow people in the local community to access information and support about reducing waste and making ethical swaps.  Any profits made from the shop are invested into the provision of free events for the community to continue to widen its scope.