The second edition of the Paris Zero Waste Festival has just ended, it was organized at the Cabaret Sauvage, in the Parc de la Villette in Pari and lasted from 28 to 30 June. The main purpose of this event is to promote a waste-free lifestyle. During three days, entrepreneurs, associations, professionals, as well as citizens through conferences, seminars, workshops, presentations and a series of other activities taught how to effectively reduce waste production. And all this in a pleasant, friendly and truly festive atmosphere.
It’ s becoming clear that reducing waste generation has a positive impact on our health, environment, and climate, but also on areas such as the economy and society.
And while it seems that we are more and more aware of the seriousness of problems such as environmental pollution, mass production of plastics, fast fashion, waste of resources… many people still do not know that the positive change is in their hands and most often begins at their homes.
Along with theoretical aspects, the Zero Waste Festival also offered a practical training space. Among the rich offer of workshops, there were, for example, those who taught us to produce our own cosmetics, to reduce food waste, to make small reparations, to sew, to DIY, but also to manage biodegradable waste.
We went there yesterday (June 30th), the third and last day of the Festival. Despite the heat, we were very motivated. Since we are no longer beginners in waste-free living, we figured out what to expect and we were not overwhelmed by the ideas proposed. However, we met many inspiring people, discovered cool projects and initiatives, and were happy to learn more about ethical fashion, living without a refrigerator or organizing a home composter.
As you can guess, the festival was organized from beginning to end in the spirit of zero waste – food was served on reusable plates, there was mandatory waste segregation, visitors used dry toilets and name badges were printed on recycled paper. For those contemplating a transition to waste-free living, there was a bookstore full of guides but also a store where one could buy, among other things, solid cosmetics, reusable hygiene products or ecological picnic sets.
If you are curious about what such a festival looks like, take a look at our photos!
Or maybe you participated in such an event yourself and you want to talk about your experiences?! If so, don’t hesitate to write us a comment!