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Episode 8: Getting social

Life after Lockdown

In Episode 8...

We find out how to enjoy socialising and support the recovery post-Covid without making the climate crisis worse.

Naomi Ross from Sioda explains how to look good, get a retail therapy fix and still help save the world by renting everyday clothes instead of buying new.

We chat to Hannah Clinch about going back to the future on the Clyde where Dunoon Goes Pop aims to revive the town’s historic drinks industry and tourism with a modern twist on sustainability.

Both women have had support from Zero Waste Scotland’s circular economy experts to develop their business ideas during lockdown.

Our Business Support Partner, Louisa Coursey, highlights another female-led Scottish business pioneering reusable cups in cafes to help wipe out the waste from countless disposable drinks cups.

Find out more:  

Zero Waste Scotland provides a range of free expert advice and information to help everyone waste less to cut the carbon emissions behind the climate crisis.  

The way we produce, buy and bin clothing is a key cause of the emissions behind the climate crisis. Renting clothes or switching to secondhand instead of always buying new can really help save the planet.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Revolve certification is a national quality guarantee scheme for secondhand goods and customer service. More than 120 certified stores around the country are Revolve members, selling a range of pre-loved items from clothes and books to bikes and furniture.

Needless throwaway products from cups and bottles are another key cause of the waste behind the climate emergency. Help make a difference by ditching disposables wherever possible and choosing reusable alternatives such as buying or renting reusable cups instead.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Business Support Service (CEBSS) provides tailored, one-to-one expert advice for small and medium sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland.

It’s designed to help companies do business differently to help end the climate crisis by finding more circular ways of working, including alternative supply chains. This can increase resource efficiency, profitability, product quality and customer base.

Circular economy business models include sharing resources, modular design, re-use and repair, reprocessing and remanufacturing.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund (CEIF), which is financed through the European Regional Development Fund, supports innovative businesses to reduce waste and emissions, create sustainable jobs and attract further investment.

More than £11m has been awarded through the CEIF so far. To apply for funding or find out more click here.

To try Sioda’s rental service or find out more visit their website.

For the latest updates on Dunoon Goes Pop click here.


Our guests


  • Naomi Ross, co-founder of online clothing rental service Sioda;
  • Hannah Clinch, co-creator of Dunoon Goes Pop;
  • Louisa Coursey, Business Support Partner, Zero Waste Scotland.
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