Sustainability at Z-arts

At Z-arts our focus is on the future generations, and a big part of that is making the building and our activities as sustainable as possible. We are committed to becoming a more sustainable, energy efficient venue for children and families. With a Carbon Literacy accredited Green Champion overseeing our annual environmental action plan and annually updating our environmental policy. We are also proud to be a member of MAST  Manchester Arts Sustainability Team, where we work alongside Manchester’s arts organisations to learn and develop our sustainable practices together.

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Z-arts staff have identified five areas to work on to increase awareness of environmental issues and reduce our impact on Climate Change. These are Recycling/Reusing, Suppliers and Products, Programming, and, the Building Recycling/reusing.

  • Z-arts’ Recycling Emporium. We reuse materials for all of our education projects to ensure we never throw away a cardboard box!
  • We have reused old set pieces around the building rather than throwing them away. Next time you’re here see which ones you can spot
  • We have recycling bins in every room, so there are no excuses for mixing up your recyclables when you use our spaces

Suppliers and products

Across the globe, meat production accounts for a huge amount of our Carbon Footprint. Z-arts have gone MEAT FREE on Mondays. Come in and enjoy a tasty halloumi pitta, veggie sausage bap, or choose from our range of fresh soups. We regularly provide vegan catering for events, and our wonderful staff recently catered a full vegan buffet for Unicorn Grocery’s away day.

The Z-arts Café always has at least one vegan cake option supplied by our friends at Black Cat Cakery.

Our cleaning products are all are from the Enviro range, specially formulated for a low environmental impact.


Z-arts combined Children’s Art Week and Bicycle Week to celebrate Bizycle Week (think street dancing to bicycle songs and arts workshops making hi-vis accessories). This culminated in Bike Day with bike arts, Bike Dr, and bike games.

Wherever possible we reuse materials to create artworks. Here is an image of friendship bracelets made by Mix it Up using reclaimed wool from Stitched Up.

Where’s My Igloo Gone visited Z-arts as part of our year-round programme of children’s theatre.

Our 100 year old building

Formed in 2000 as a creative space for young people our building was originally a church and is now over 100 years old.

  • We are aiming to reduce our paper usage by printing two sided, and reprinting onto paper only used on one side.
  • There’s a pesky fine for any staff at Z-arts who don’t turn off their computers or lights at night.
  • We are gradually replacing our lighting and retrofitting it with LED lights which use on average 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. In 2017 we put LED lighting in the Brayshaw room and Screening room.
  • Situated in the heart of Hulme we are close to Oxford Road and Piccadilly train stations and encourage visitors to walk, cycle, or use public transport to reach us. We even have bike racks outside the front of the building. Learn more.