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Trash Hack

Trash Hacks are small actions to reduce waste which can lead to big ideas for the planet. Join UNESCO to Trash Hack your life, neighbourhood and the world with Education for Sustainable Development.


#TrashHack your life today

Be part of the solution

When it comes to tackling the world’s waste, it can be hard to know where to start. But by making small changes to your life, you can reduce your negative impact, increase your understanding and start to see how you can be part of transforming the world.

Trash Hacks will be different for each person, depending on their lifestyle, location and situation. Start by asking yourself: how can I Trash Hack my life? Look for ways you can start to act in your life by asking questions like: how much trash do I use? Where does my waste go? Where does the trash in my neighbourhood come from?


Decide a small step you plan to take – by yourself or with friends – to reduce waste. You could make a Trash Hack pledge using UNESCO’s Instagram filter, Trash Hack your home, organise a clean-up in your area or Trash Hack your digital waste.

Reflect and learn

What does your Trash Hack tell you about your consumption or waste in your region? Where did the trash come from? Where does it go? Learn more about waste and reflect while go, talking to your friends and sharing your experience on social media.

Celebrate and encourage others

Our impact can be multiplied if we reach out to friends and family, share our Trash Hacks, celebrate what we’ve done and learnt, and invite them to be part of the solution.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information. UNESCO is the lead United Nations agency on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Who is UNESCO?

At the heart of the Trash Hack campaign is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
ESD is the transformation of learning so it gives people the tools to tackle the problems of the present and future, to fight the climate crisis and change the world. ESD rethinks what we learn, where we learn and how we learn. It's about life long learning which lets people develops the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable them to make informed decisions and actions on global problems .

What’s ESD?

“I feel responsible to paying forward what I have learned to my community and the world.”

Phat - Vietnam

“It is important to pass on knowledge to younger generations, for them to be informed and empowered to take action for their future.”

Leen - Bahrain

"Each and everyone is unique and gifted. So is our planet Earth. Share, inspire and protect your uniqueness!"

Sylvian - Martinique

"Even if we just take a small action, yet millions of people do, that will have a huge impact on our planet."

Sarah - Indonesia

"There are lots of free apps for collecting, analyzing, tracking and keeping records of waste. This is the best comprehensive methodology to understand the trends and potential threat of waste to humankind as population increases and its impacts to the environment. I am a trash mapper and theses data plays a big role in environmental policy advocacy and lobbying."

Olarip - Tanzania

"Every big change starts from many small ones! And all together alongside Generation Z, we can bring the change we want to see in this world."

Christina - Greece

"I combine IT and ecology to make a difference and to give back to my community in a deep long-lasting way."

Ivan - Ukraine