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What is Zero Waste Berlin Festival

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Experts in different areas will speak about sustainability, zero waste, circular economy, sustainable mobility, food waste, fair fashion, and many other related topics.

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Actions are needed for change. Learn how to make personal and professional changes in your life on your own. Decide what workshops are best for you.

Networking and much more

Meet people with similar interests, professionals within the sustainability area, learn and interact with the community.


Projects, brands, and companies will have their space at this festival to showcase their sustainable alternative solutions.

Why Zero Waste Berlin Festival is for you

Unaware Planet Lover


Learn by doing. Easy and affordable solutions for your daily routine. We want Zero Waste to be easy for you.

Zero Waste is easy

We provide solutions to help you make changes in your life without struggling on the way.

Knowledge is Key

We give you data, facts, and solutions to make your transition to a Zero Waste life easier.

The Zero Waster

Practical Solutions

The zero waste path can be tough sometimes. We give you easy solutions to apply in your daily life.


Connect with the international community of Berlin. Zero Wasters are everywhere.


Gain knowledge in the areas of your interest. Learn why you should continue changing your life to be more sustainable.

Eco change maker​


Connect with Eco Warriors like you. The world needs to be connected in order to make changes.

Sustainable Ecosystem

Meet opportunities, professionals, and create international and local alliances.


Let's talk about the different opportunities and changes we need to make to change our economies and systems.


23rd Sep : Day - 01
16:30 - 16:45

Festival Opening

  • Main Stage

16:45 - 17:15

The Hidden Side of E-waste: Impacts, consequences, and solutions to deal with the most common e-waste at home.

  • Kevin Negoro Kasih  
  • Main Stage

Nowadays, lithium batteries can be found everywhere. Without those powerful energy packs, many modern devices could not work as they should. Our phones, PHEV/electric cars, laptops and other small to large devices are equipped with different types of lithium-based batteries. But where do they come from, and what happens with them when WEEE gets disposed of legally or illegally? How can we make sure that lithium batteries get recycled if possible, that no one gets hurt while handling them and that dangerous materials do not harm our environment after disposal?

17:00 - 17:45

WTF is Sustainable Finance? - Workshop

  • Diane Delava  
  • Sessions

Zero waste yes, but what about the impact of your money? It's easy to forget about it as no one likes to talk about money and finances. Yes, it's boring but it can bring such tremendous impact to reduce your carbon footprint that we should know about it. In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of sustainable finance - without jargon for you to make your impact with your money!

17:20 - 17:50

Taking steps towards sustainable urban mobility: Avoid-Shift-Improve

  • Lynette Cheah  
  • Main Stage

Transportation is responsible for almost a quarter of global carbon emissions. This includes emissions from air, maritime (shipping), rail and road transport needed to move both people and goods that we use. Focusing on urban environments, the goal is to achieve more sustainable transport, which contributes to low-carbon, resilient, healthy and liveable cities. How can we achieve this? In this talk, we will discuss the three-prong approach of avoid-shift-improve to reduce the emissions and environmental impact of land transport. In addition, we will consider individual choices that one can make to reduce the impact of your travels.

17:45 - 18:30

Circular cooking and Food Upcycling - Workshop

  • Monica Kisic Aguirre  
  • Sessions

In this workshop we will introduce the concept of circular cooking as a new way to explore cooking at home. How can we change our mindset and explore continuously using the different by-products that come along our cooking to create new ones, consequently giving the proper use to nutrients that are still in the food we normally throw away. We will talk a bit about Roots Radicals and what we do ourselves in our production kitchen in Berlin and bring some practical examples for the re-use and upcycling of food, as well as discuss some dish-planning and outcomes for next day menus. Bring in curiosity, questions and topics to the table! We want to discuss everyone's challenges and needs in order to take a step towards a more circular way of cooking.

17:55 - 18:40

Panel Discussion: Zero Waste cities & Circular Solutions: German best practices for the cities of the future.

  • Laura Grotenrath   Marc Delapierrière   Marie Finke   Arjun Jamil  
  • Main Stage

What is a zero waste city? How can circular economy support the zero waste municipality journey? Why the application of zero waste strategies is necessary to enhance climate change mitigation,resource efficiency and sustainable development? Find the answers to these and more questions during this panel session. Our panelists will present three case studies from german cities and will guide us through the vision, goals and processes behind their municipality projects.

18:30 - 19:15

Sustainable Fashion: From sourcing to recycling

  • Lara Beckmann  
  • Sessions - Workshop

How sustainable are the fundamental fashion fabrics and their alternatives? Where does the fashion recycling industry stand?

18:45 - 19:20

How I can use finances toward a more sustainable world.

  • Diane Delava   Matti Rönkkö  
  • Main Stage

More information to come

19:25 - 19:55

Energy Cooperatives and Their Role in Sustainable Energy - Proudly Supported by Patagonia

  • Antonio Rohrssen  
  • Main Stage

An inside perspective from a Berlin-based energy cooperative fighting for citizen-owned, sustainable energy in their city. Introduction by Patagonia Berlin, certified B-Corporation.

19:15 - 20:00

Circular Economy Workshop for Consumers

  • Arjun Jamil  
  • Sessions - Workshop

Join Arjun Jamil in exploring consumer choices in Circular economy. In this short, interactive workshop, we will travel down the paths of consumers, stakeholders and decision makers to understand the effects of our decisions on closing the loop. Bring your reusable coffee cup and have a relaxing sit down with industry experts and explore how they are making tools to drive effective change- maybe even get a rare chance to do it yourself!

20:00 - 20:30

How To Change The World With A Crazy Idea

  • Sam Bencheghib  
  • Main Stage

Sam Bencheghib is a filmmaker, environmentalist and co-founder of Make a Change World, an environmental organization and media company. He has been at the forefront of the environmental battle for 10 years, focusing on getting plastic pollution on front-page-news and getting the world to know about the urgency to act now. He has kayaked down the most polluted river in the world, run 5,000km across the United States to raise awareness about plastic pollution, and he is currently living in New York to build his environmental media, Make A Change World. Through his multiple "crazy" expeditions to raise awareness about plastic pollution, he believes that no idea is crazy enough when it comes to protecting our planet. Please join Sam on September 23rd at 20.00 CEST, where he will share his experience and his 5-step philosophy on how to change the world with a crazy idea.

20:30 - 21:15

Presentation + Out of Plastic Short Film Live Screening +Q&A with the director

  • Line Hadsbjerg  
  • Main stage + Sessions

We will count with the presentation of the documentary with the Director Line Hadsbjerg. After the live screening, you will have the chance to speak directly with the director and ask your questions. Out of Plastic is a documentary film that sets out to explore the obscure depths of plastics in the Mediterranean. The film is set in the Balearic Islands and offers viewers a moment to reflect on the profound presence of plastic in our lives and in our natural environment. The film also offers sweeping landscapes and mystic ocean depths - the point-of-encounter between man and nature – and intends to demonstrate how our overconsumption of single-use plastic has tipped the scales, to the detriment of nature, and ultimately ourselves.

24th Sep : Day - 02
16:30 - 16:45


  • Main Stage

16:45 - 17:15

Fashion Industry & Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Kerry Bannigan  
  • Main Stage

Kerry Bannigan is a social impact entrepreneur, event producer and strategic advisor spearheading global fashion, retail and media public-private partnerships that advocate for sustainable development. Bannigan is the founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships that engages leading global fashion industry events to accelerate collective action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. During her session, she will share the relevance of changes in the fashion industry in striving to achieve transformative improvements for global good and as key shapers of our sustainable future.

17:00 - 17:35

Community-based projects and activism: how citizens can help solve socio-environmental issues by empowering local people.

  • Eva Sebastià   Ismael Román Moreno  
  • Sessions

There are many ways to create a positive impact on us and the planet, and engaging with activism is one of them. In our fireside chat with Ismael and Eva we will discover how citizens and individuals can be part of this change and the importance of community-based projects towards sustainable development.

17:20 - 18:05

Panel Discussion: How COVID19 will influence the future of sustainable mobility.

  • Arjun Jamil   Ulla Tikkanen  
  • Main Stage

The plans for the future of mobility are clear: electric vehicles and autonomous public transport. E-mobility projects are being developed in many Europeans cities and every day electric vehicles are takin our streets. But will the COVID19 pandemic influence in the future of sustainable mobility? When we speak about sustainable mobility, it is well known by the citizens that the most ecological choices are public transport and bikes. But what happens when using the metro is not that safe anymore because of COVID19? What are the sustainable solutions for cities and towns with smaller infrastructures? Does it mean that plans will be put on hold? We will give answers to all these questions in our panel.

17:35 - 18:20

From Purpose to Action - How to Take Purpose to the Next Level

  • Karry Schwettmann  
  • Sessions - Workshop

Karry is an independent consultant, helping impact-driven brands to translate purpose into action & communication. As a B Corp Ambassador she also guides companies on their journey to becoming a Certified B Corporation, a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. During her workshop, she will introduce you to the concept of Purpose and how it can affect business outcomes if used to its full potential and guide you through an interactive exercise where you will take a closer look at the areas of impact relevant to your business and generate ideas how to create meaningful experiences and/or action for your stakeholders. This workshop is for you if your business has defined a Purpose but you do not think it is tangible, impactful or actionable yet. It’s also your chance to discuss your Purpose statement in the group.

17:40 - 18:10

Reducing Waste at Home

  • Monica Rosquillas  
  • Sessions

What are the simple changes we can make from home to reduce our waste and increase our positive impact? What are the challenges we face depending on our lifestyle, location or budget? Is this really an option for all? Let's explore this topic during our interview with Monica Rosquillas.

18:10 - 18:40

Self-care for activists

  • Gwyneth Jones  
  • Main Stage

As a coach, Gwyneth uses emotional intelligence work, the Work That Reconnects, and methods inspired by ecotherapy to help people work with the difficult emotions brought on by climate collapse and the pressure of trying to save the world. During a keynote session, Gwyneth will guide the audience through the concept of eco-anxiety and show why and how learning about selfcare can be a powerful tool for today’s activists.

18:20 - 18:50

Environmental activism, Community empowerment and local actions - From theory to practice in Sustainable Architecture

  • Ivan Ralis  
  • Sessions

What does being sustainable really mean to us as architects and how does that actually work in real life projects? How does one try changing things for the better, little by little? How to empower and help local builders who want to introduce new building techniques or organisations who want to try out new things? Based on the "non profit" projects WEbuilding has been carrying out, Ivan will share some of the experience the team gathered along the way. (During the Zero Waste Berlin Festival, WEbuilding will share some knowledge about Sustainable Architecture and how activism can empower local communities).

18:45 - 19:15

From 10 Thousand Tons of CO2 to Zero - A Journey To Reduce The Film Industry's Footprint On Earth

  • Roberto Andrés Zamora  
  • Sessions

In this presentation, you will find out why is it so important to change the way in which we create audiovisual content in order to support and build a sustainable future. Learn about the film industry's carbon footprint, what has been done to reduce it, and how we as individuals can choose to make greener productions through the use of technologies and environmental practices available today.

18:50 - 19:35

Sustainable Self-Care in Four Simple Steps

  • Lauren Sandom  
  • Sessions - Workshop

Within my workshop I will aim to discuss and explore four simple steps towards sustainable self-care. I will begin with an introduction about myself and what sustainable self-care means, before moving on to provide them with four activities for each of the four steps. These will be as follows; simple neck stretches, a gratitude list, a self-portrait (either drawn or with description words for those that don’t want to draw), and a short breathing exercise. Then, to conclude the session we will discuss the four steps and there will be a Q&A.

19:20 - 19:55

Can the Fashion Industry ever be Sustainable? Navigating different approaches for a sustainable future

  • Mariel Jumpa   Bojana Drača  
  • Main Stage

Mariel is a Peruvian living in Sweden, passionate about raising awareness and consulting on sustainability and impact strategies and communicating good businesses taking action. Founder of the creative agency and global community Slow Fashion World. She has created experiences and events focused on sustainability across Europe & Latin America. She is also the Marketing and Regional director (LATAM) Advisor behind sustainable fashion week in Budapest, in San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week. During her Masters in Sustainability in Fashion, Bojana started developing her zero-waste pattern making systems. Soon after, she founded her label Farrah Floyd, in which she integrated the zero-waste concepts, adopting innovation and new technologies, whilst practicing full transparency. In 2019, Bojana moved to Brussels and opened a concept store that showcases not only her designs but also carefully selected sustainable designers who share her values and aesthetics. During our Fireside Chat with Mariel and Bojana, we will explore different approaches they have taken to be part of making the fashion industry more sustainable. Is there synergy in the sustainable fashion market to make changes in the industry? Is achieving a sustainable fashion industry even possible?

19:25 - 20:00

Building A Sustainable Future Through The Stories We Tell

  • Roberto Andrés Zamora   Juan Pablo Zamora  
  • Sessions - Workshop

How can we generate coherence between our sustainable approach to video production and a conscious and positive narrative within our content? As storytellers, we have a responsibility to tell stories that inspire solutions to the current climate crisis. In this discussion we will explore the duty of the filmmaker as a co-creator of reality and how can we invite the viewer to have a positive perception of the future through the narratives we choose.

20:00 - 20:30

The state of food waste in Europe: Scale, challenges and ways forward

  • Pierre Condamine  
  • Main Stage

The keynote session will present the food waste challenge in Europe, the policies and strategies displayed at the European level as well as what is already being done at the local level to reduce it.

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Zero Waste Berlin Festival brings you


How Sustainable Are You At Home? Food Waste, Plastic In The Bathroom, Unnecessary Items All Over the House And we still continue to buy things . How can we find balance between having a sustainable home and our daily routines?

zero waste home


Our Daily Routine Is Full Of Small Decisions That Define us. Now, More Than ever, We Need A Sustainable Lifestyle To Be Aligned With Our Values And Efforts For A Better Future.


Is Sustainable Fashion The Same as Fair Fashion? Do We Understand What Is Behind The Production Of Our Clothes? Is Fast Fashion The Problem? We Need To find Solutions And Build A New Fashion Industry.

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Mobility


Being cars one of the most polluting commonly used products in the world, alternative sustainable solutions for mobility are one of the most important topics. Public transport or bikes seem to be the most obvious solution in the short term, but how is the sector developing alternatives to classic cars?


Taking Care Of The Planet Requires A Good Balance Between Our Body And our Soul’s Well-Being. By Exploring The Concepts Of Eco-Anxiety, Mindfulness And Self-Awareness We Examine How To Embrace A Conscious Journey Into A Sustainable Life.

Travelling sustainable


The Current Situation Is Impacting The Way We Travel And The Future Of Tourism Is Still Uncertain. We Will find out The Future Of The Travel Sector And we Will Incorporate Sustainability As Our Number One Priority.


Within The Context Of The Global Sustainable Development Goals, The Circular Economy Plays A Fundamental Role To Turn The Tide Of Our Future On The Planet. From Global Movements To Local Actions: How Organizations, Activists And Civil Society Strive For Social Change And Sustainable Transformation Through Cooperation, Knowledge Sharing, And Personal Empowerment.

Sustainable Activism

Past Events

Since May 2019 we have held several events with local and international speakers

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