Collecting our Zero Waste Award in London

09 December 2021

Collecting our Zero Waste Award in London

Back in June this year we announced we had won a Zero Waste Award for our efforts to divert used cardboard boxes to reuse and enable others to reach their net zero waste targets as a result [see: We won a zero waste award, 11 June 2021].

These awards are a little different than ones like the Awards for Excellence; winners were announced before a ceremony rather than at an event, and then winners gathered together in November to collect their awards and network with other companies doing amazing things in the waste and circular economy spheres.

The winners’ luncheon was held in London last month and I attended on behalf of everyone at Sadlers to collect our award.

Lauren Sadler at Zero Waste Awards 2021 standing with the sponsors

While there I got chatting with some really interesting people from different types of companies. The only 5 star winners in attendance were Oddbox, a company selling odd-shaped veg in weekly boxes to prevent food going to waste. I had a fascinating chat with them about the expansion of the company and noticed their ads on the tube when I left the event. They’re clearly going places!

Another fantastic company at the awards was Ananas-anam who won the award for their sustainable fabric Pinatex made from the discarded leaves of the pineapple once the fruit has been harvested. I really enjoyed learning about their business and wish them lots of success for the future.

I also enjoyed talking to the sponsors and hosts of the event who were genuinely thrilled to be around people who care about building a circular economy.

I collected our certificate and brought it safely back to Birmingham where it is now proudly displayed on the wall for all to see.

Author: Lauren Sadler, Head of Sustainability & Communications; MSc Sustainable Development