Sustainability talks & advice

For individuals, businesses, education & not-for-profit organisations by Dr Sarah Maloy

Do you represent a business, charity or other organisation, and would love to spread the sustainability message to your managers, team or service users? Engaging, relatable sustainability talks and workshops can inspire people to make positive changes, including at work.

Hi, I’m Dr Sarah Maloy, owner of Shop Zero and sustainability speaker.

I’m available to book to speak at sustainability events or run sustainability talks and workshops, or as a consultant to businesses who want to up their sustainability performance or develop their sustainability policy.

I started my career with a PhD in sustainability (hence, the Dr title!) and spent many years exploring how to develop an ethical and low-waste supply chain and take a closed-loop approach to procurement. When my children were younger, I qualified as a teacher and picked up many public speaking skills in the process. In 2018, however, my passion for sustainability led me to launch my first pop-up shop with Nottingham Zero Waste Collective and to set up a local repair cafe. As interest snowballed, I went all in and opened Shop Zero, a zero-waste shop in Nottingham’s city centre.

Today, I bring audiences more than 25 years of experience in developing sustainable and ethical business practices, as well as my personal insights into living more sustainably. I regularly speak at sustainability events and give corporate talks.

Discover more about how we can work together below


“We invited Sarah to ENSEK as part of our Sustainability Week. She talked to us about how we could all help the environment by creating less waste at home. Her informal presentation, about a zero waste lifestyle, was really informative and provoked a good discussion.
If you’re looking for someone who is not only knowledgeable about sustainable living, but is also friendly and approachable, we would thoroughly recommend inviting her to your workplace or group.”

ENSEK, Nottingham

Corporate talks on sustainability

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call to action for countries across the world to reduce poverty and inequality and spur economic growth while tackling climate change. We are already well into the “Decade of Action”, an ambitious 10-year time frame within which to change the world for the better by 2030.

Which goals are a priority for your business and why? What actions are you taking to behave more sustainably as a business? What are the big challenges your business faces in terms of sustainability and where can you turn for solutions?

How can you encourage your staff to live more sustainably? Carbon-friendly choices, active travel and ditching plastic waste can all make a difference.

I am available to deliver bespoke sustainability talks and workshops:

For managers covering topics such as sustainable practices in the workplace (and how to support your staff), Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability and ethical practices, low-waste supply chain, closed-loop procurement and more.

For staff members about zero-waste and low-carbon living, being an ethical shopper, eco-friendly gardening and a range of other topics, depending on what they would find helpful.

My style is friendly, accessible, realistic, and solutions-driven. I offer a choice of pre-prepared talks or can develop a talk unique to your organisation.

Drop me a message to find out more!


Sustainability talks for education, charities & groups

Do you run a university society, volunteering group, community organisation or charity with an interest in living more sustainably? If so, I have a popular selection of pre-prepared sustainability talks on topics such as “low waste living” or “organising a repair” cafe that I can adapt to your organisation.

Alternatively, I’m happy to create a bespoke talk that’s perfect for your group members.

I’m also delighted to host talks and workshops at Shop Zero, offering solutions to suit your budget.

The best starting point is to drop me an email so we can arrange a chat about what would be the best talk for your


Corporate consultancy services

Do you want to improve your business’s sustainability performance? Perhaps you need help developing an ethical and low-waste supply chain or you need advice about closed-loop procurement? Would you benefit from having a professional on board to help you develop an ethical or sustainability policy?

I can work with your business to help you address everything from your carbon footprint and environmentally-friendly practices to ensuring that your supply chain is ethical. I have in-depth knowledge of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals and can help you work within this framework.


Setting up a repair cafe or zero-waste business

Would you love to set up a repair cafe or zero-waste business in your local area and need advice about how to make it happen?

I’ve been running Nottingham Fixers Repair Cafe in Nottingham since 2013, as well as setting up my own zero-waste shop, and I’m happy to share my insights.


Media enquiries & podcasts

I am available to provide comments as a sustainability specialist for sustainability-focused news stories. In addition, I love to feature as a guest speaker on podcasts that discuss sustainability, being an ethical consumer, zero-waste, Sustainability Development Goals, climate change, and related topics.


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