How To Reduce Your Energy Waste as a Consumer

In 2019, household energy consumption accounted for 26% of the EU’s total consumption. Seeing as just 28% of this comes from renewable sources, reducing our energy waste in these areas can have a…

7 Products You Didn’t Know Contained Microplastics

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic, measuring less than five millimetres long, usually originating from fragments of plastic wastes. As we dispose of our waste, these tiny microplastics end up in our water…

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Natural Cosmetics You Can Make At Home

Sometimes, it can feel impossible to find a truly sustainable cosmetic product. When you find one in plastic-free packaging, it uses ingredients that have a huge carbon footprint. When you discover a fantastic…

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How To: Upcycle Old Clothing

Fast fashion uses 20% of the earth’s groundwater and produces 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. Clothes are a necessity, but the speed at which we buy and replace them needs…

Seasonal Produce

Seasonal Produce: What to Make and Where to Find Them

When it comes to being more sustainable with the food and produce we buy, that doesn’t just mean avoiding plastic and using your own shopping bags. There are grocery tactics you can use…


How to Market a Sustainable Business, Without Greenwashing

Want to make sure your sustainable marketing hits the right spot? Click here to find out how to avoid greenwashing.

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The Market of Sustainability: How Investments Can Pay Off

We often think sustainability is about investment – but can those investments actually yield profit? Find out how green choices pay.

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Behind the Packaging: Sustainable Supply Chains

The sustainable impact of products runs deeper than the packaging. Click here to find out what aspects of the supply chain also matter.

Business Innovation

Four Ways Businesses Can Innovate Sustainably After the Pandemic

When it comes to making our cities greener, now is the time to act. As urban life picks up again, we should be thinking proactively about what we can do now to change…

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No Room for Ethical Elitism: Why Purity Testing Is Toxic for Any Movement

At Zero Waste Berlin Festival, we believe in many imperfect journeys rather than a handful of perfect ones. Here’s why.

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Thoughts From Our Founder, Coral Ruz

Balancing Act: Discover the origin of Zero Waste Berlin Festival and the planning, preparation and experience that goes into the event.

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Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is a Form of Activism

Every change you make directly affects the future of our planet. In that way, your zero waste choices are a form of sustainable activism, every day.

Eco Anxiety

Eco-Anxiety: What Is It and How Can We Fight It

For many of us engaged in sustainable activities, we do it because we’re motivated to build a better, healthier world for future generations. However, it’s often hard to escape the doom-and-gloom news that…

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Busted: 3 Myths About Zero Waste

Discover the truth about the most common misconceptions about zero waste, informed by an interview with Alex Furey, founder of Zero Waste London and Zero Waste Mindset.


From Gardens to Galleries: IFAI’s Roots in Sustainability and the Importance of Empowering Artists

We sat down with Nicole and Barbara and got their perspective on sustainability, the beginnings of the Institute for Art and Innovation and how art can transform our way of thinking.

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Sustainable Food Systems: Why It’s Not Just About You

In Germany alone, 11 million tonnes of food waste gets thrown away every year. With such a massive amount of food going to waste, this is one of the greatest opportunities to have…

Sustainable Fashion

Three Opportunities for Sustainable Change in the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry is facing an increasingly dire crisis. Because of the huge challenges faced by the fashion industry, change clearly needs to happen. So where can that change start? Let’s look at…


Edible City: Discover 7 nourishing plants you’ll find in and around Berlin.

Is an edible city your kind of utopia? Snipping fresh herbs from boxes hanging from your front windows or fences, collecting chestnuts from the park for roasting, making fresh green soups or turning…

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Keeping It Local, Globally – An interview with Impact Hub Berlin

Bringing Zero Waste Berlin Festival and Impact HUB Berlin networks together, will allow conversations and ideas to spark.

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Easy Sustainable Resolutions for 2021

Wouldn’t it be great if we could turn 2021 into a clean slate, a new fresh perspective on life and a new fresh beginning? Yes, it would. But how? By setting simple intentions…

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Your Zero Waste Kitchen Guide

Growth Zero waste seems to be a contemporary phenomenon, but it was already evident in our grandparents’ approach to life. We are only just starting to realise as a society, that our collective…

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Black Friday & the Hidden Costs of a Bargain

When you see a product on sale what’s the first thing that goes through your mind? Is it: Oooo what a bargain, I’d be losing money if I didn’t buy it? As an…

Empowering Startups

Empowering Startups, Technology & Sustainability towards a greener future: an interview with the Greentech Alliance

Since the launch of our project, we, at Zero Waste Berlin Festival, have had the great opportunity to meet inspiring organisations with a common vision: strive for a greener and healthier future for…

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The dark truth of bright cosmetic colours

The cosmetic industry is booming, thanks to illustrious ads, promotions by bloggers, influencers, and celebrities. But how many times have you seen or heard about the ugly side of beauty products?  Sorry for…

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When second-hand office design becomes trendy and useful: the Engelnest case

How many times did you consider getting rid of pieces of furniture in your flat to free the space for new decor?    Have you ever thought that the wooden box in your kitchen…

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A Truly Effective Natural Deodorant! – DIY Zero Waste

So simple, so effective, so affordable and 100% Zero Waste.   Due to the success of the DIY zero waste washing machine detergent I made previously, I was excited to get stuck into…

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Circular Economy: key principles for a more sustainable future

Have you ever asked yourself what your phone is made of? And your fridge? Which materials are used to assemble your car? Have you ever reflected on how often you buy new items…

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Zero Waste Cities: three German cases committed towards a zero waste journey

The last few years have witnessed a global increase in waste pollution, with strong consequences on the planet and on human health. According to the World Bank, two billion tonnes of waste are…

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DIY Zero Waste To Help Save The Planet – Your Washing Machine Detergent Step By Step

The idea of a Zero Waste life was quite an overwhelming concept when I first heard about it a few years ago. I experienced some intense waves of guilt thinking about the full…

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Buy Nothing New

Could you go one week without buying anything new? A month? How about a year? This may sound ridiculous, but what started as a short term goal for me has become a new…

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There is a climate crisis and our wardrobes are part of the causes.

There is no doubt that the current climate changes have been affected by impacts derived from rapid production and high global demands. And the fashion industry corresponds to one of the many worldwide…