Joining forces to protect the planet

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Rosie from Bournemouth has been playing her part to protect the planet!  Her group shares resources and information to help local people to reduce waste and live more sustainably.

SOBO Wastebusters was founded in 2019 by Rosie and her two friends, who were looking for a way to share the local discoveries they’d made in their quest for a zero-waste lifestyle. Aiming to spread information, support people to be more environmentally friendly and hold events, the group has successfully brought people in Southbourne together to combine their efforts in fighting climate change.

Rosie said, “Climate change is such a big issue and it can be scary, so it’s helpful to think about what you can do locally, and how ultimately that can have a global impact. I believe people have the power to make a change.”

Keeping it local

Wastebusters run a website and social media platforms filled with advice and guidance, and a directory for individuals and local businesses, as well as putting on events for local people and businesses where they can connect and share best practice. These have ranged from an event focused around recycling, complete with repair café, community fridge and inspiring stories from people taking action in the local area, to an eco-fair which attracted over 700 visitors!

Looking for a chance to reflect and learn more, Rosie signed up to an Eden Project Community Camp earlier this year. She’s since been motivated to connect even more closely with her neighbours, recently helping to organise a ‘jumble stroll’, where people on her street gave away and sold unwanted items for charity.


Rosie said, “Our project is all about connecting people and ideas.  I’ve always been passionate about protecting the planet and was aware of lots of great stuff going on locally, but not enough people knew about it. Now people are often asking when our next event is and we have a Facebook group which is a really brilliant hive mind – people answer questions before I do these days!"

Looking to the future, Rosie is keen to start organising more events and to continue her work with local businesses, charities and the council, aiming to ensure as many people as possible make the most of the eco-friendly options on their doorstep.

Rosie recommends attending Community Camp to anyone who has an idea they want to explore: “It’s a great chance to meet some inspirational people and pick up some tips and tricks.”

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