Here at Positive Planet Kate (the curator) is always sharing zero waste options for healthy lifestyle ideas (thanks Kate!).
So when I heard that Montreal was hosting its first Zero Waste Festival, it seemed like golden material to share with the Positive Planet community. Here are my thoughts:
Zero waste is big business and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Going to this event I have to admit I was a bit afraid that I would find a bunch of vendors selling various products in big packaging, capitalizing on the idea of zero waste. And while there was a touch of that going on (mostly from the bigger vendors) there were by far more vendors selling and promoting innovative items that yes, had a little packaging but their products allowed for so much savings -I’m thinking back to those reusable straws. Being a purist can really wear your out. In my opinion, if you have to recycle a little cardboard so that you never have to pick up a disposable straw again- I think that evens out. Let’s hope anyway!
Zero waste makes people get creative.
There was an awesome amount of variety within the products and ideas being featured at the festival (which was really similar to a trade show). I’m talking online grocery stores, cricket powder (the apparent future of protein for human consumption), bees wax wraps as alternatives to saran wrap, repurposed denim designers, the list goes on…
All around it seemed like the idea of ‘zero waste’ was inspiring criteria for designers and entrepreneurs from Montreal and the surrounding areas. Once again, the idea that setting limits reaps rewards rings true.
Zero waste is fun!
The overall energy of the event was lively. Outside of the tradeshow aspect, people could pay extra to attend workshops that allowed them to, “produce, cook, fix and explore the world of zero waste”. It would have been great if these workshops were free, after all accessibility is an issue – but I understand that facilitators have to cover their costs as well.
I took a peek into one of the rooms and it looked like good wholesome fun; lots of DIY projects to engage: cosmetic making, cleaning products etc. There were also panel discussions and food to be had.
Overall this was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. All the people I encountered were really open and happy to chat. I guess when you meet people under the pretext of a zero waste festival you’re bound to meet folks with the right kind of intentions.
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