Join us this summer for our sustainability spectacular!
A completely utterly incredibly absolutely, gobsmackingly, amazing exhibition that is 100% TOTAL UTTER TRASH..
We will be turning the world of waste on its head. From plastic and technology to water and even POO! We’ll be revolutionising our rubbish and learning to…
LOVE IT FOR LONGER!
Our food zone will be a geodome made from wind damaged trees. There will be giant food sculptures and we’ll be asking people (including our own chefs) to share their top tips and creative ideas for reducing food waste.
Growing food puts lots and lots of pressure on the environment as wildlife habitats are often cleared to make space to grow food. We’re massive fans of only eating food that is certified as sustainably grown (i.e. palm oil) but another amazing way to help the environment is by only buying what you really need and NEVER wasting food.
The zoo has long championed consuming food which is certified only as sustainably grown, but its experts say another way to help the environment is through people only buying what they really need. Our team will be on hand throughout the exhibition to show you how to get the most out of food you might usually throw away and we’ll be giving some masterclasses on growing your own food in a sustainable way.
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Where junk goes to be reborn. Find all kinds of ways to turn your junk in to jewels, things that you’ll treasure for years to come. Upcycling, reimagining but most of all having fun.
We’ll show you a pooey transformation right before your very eyes. Ways to use animal waste and incredible ideas for how the smelly stuff can be loved for longer!
Our fantastical sculpture will use rain water to make music. Our team will be there to share their tips and to inspire all of us to think of brand new ways to keep water moving to achieve the most incredible and beautiful things.
We’ve been saving up all of the plastic bottles we can find and have found some plastic bag off cuts from a factory up the road. We’ll be transforming these things in to a beautiful garden and we hope that you’ll help us to add to it as the summer goes on.
It’s always been our ambition to get rid of single use plastics and we’ve already removed more than two million items of plastic. But we’re not stopping there. We’re committed that this year we will remove all single use plastic from our site. Any other plastic that we just can’t avoid will be reused, repurposed or recycled.
We’ve all got unused computers, tablets, phones and game consoles lying around the house. But what can we do with them? Take a look inside our inflatable forest (made from old tents that have been thrown away) and you’ll be able to hop on to our exercise bikes and power up the old technology that we’ve found.
We’ll shine the lights on what you can do to love your technology for longer and dispose of it safely when you are done with it – so other people can make use of it too.
ZERO WASTE ZOO
At Chester Zoo we’ve made a BIG commitment. We’re working to become a ZERO WASTE ZOO by 2030!
So, we’re looking at all of the waste we produce and we’re THINKING DIFFERENTLY about it. We’re REMOVING single use items from our supply chain, being SMARTER about what we buy and trying to figure out how we can LOVE EVERYTHING FOR LONGER,
Creators at Wild Rumpus HQ have been constructing our new Junkyard space, designed to host classes and talks on making and mending all things TRASH!
As part of the wasteland exhibit, you can explore HUGE food sculptures, from apple cores to GIANT tins! Here's just one in the making...
A magical creation by artist Jim Bond, this sketch of the 3 metre symphonic rain sculpture showcases it's unique funnel and taps to create sound.
Creators at Wild Rumpus have been making beautiful wildlife from recycled plastics, as part of the plastic gardens exhibit...
More GIANT food sculptures being created for our wasteland exhibit - you won't miss it!
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