iSE | How to Make Your Social Enterprise Greener

This August’s Digbeth Social Enterprise (DSEQ) Network meeting was all about how the social enterprise sector can reduce its impact upon the environment.


The Network meets bi-monthly and is a great opportunity to share ideas as well as meet the new businesses laying their roots in the area including Well Rooted Wholefoods at Birmingham Friends of the Earth.


Our guest speaker this month was the fantastic Charlotte Watkivs from Zero Waste Life. Zero Waste Life was launched as a blog in 2017 by Charlotte and friend Anna to as part of a New Years’ resolution to reduce the waste they were creating. Their blog built a following and naturally developed into a social enterprise that now offers a variety of free resources for individuals, businesses and communities to help reduce our environmental impact as well as paid consultancy services such as environmental audits and training workshops.

View Charlotte’s inspiring TED X talk here.

Charlotte gave the group her insight on a variety of ways to reduce environmental impact including providing guidance around recycling, how to perform environmental audits and how to reduce paper usage. She also told us about some slightly more imaginative responses such as recycling pens through the Rymans recycling scheme, to using the Terra Cycling scheme for more difficult to recycle items.

DSEQ meeting


We finished with discussions as to how the network can support organisations to reduce their impact through fostering collaboration and providing a collective voice to pressure for improved environmental services.

If you are interested in attending our next Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter Network Meeting on October 8th please email

If you are interested in working with Zero Waste Life please email