learn about our topics Zero Waste Berlin Festival Categories

The Festival categories are the main focus of what we stand for as an organization. Here we have identified the key industries and current trends that demonstrate the role we can all play in changing our world for the better. 

Whether you are a citizen just getting started on your green journey, an entrepreneur with a sustainable project in mind or a professional working close to any of our categories with a sustainable mindset, we offer a space in which you can get informed, learn and be part of a growing community of eco-changemakers!

Green Cities

Green Cities

When we talk about green cities we need to consider how multifaceted the term really is. We need to understand that what makes a city green ranges from its municipalities, its citizens’ actions and even private initiatives, and it all needs to work together as a collective system.

How does one make their city greener? There are many ways to develop and implement local green living spaces. On an individual level you can begin by reducing waste and choosing to cycle or use public transport to get around.  

Municipalities have the power to bring these plans into life in collaboration with multiple initiatives that are raising such as renewable energy, increase housing density and pedestrianise its streets. The goal is the implementation of plans that include measures to facilitate cities to become circular and offering its citizens green solutions.

Green Tech

Green tech will help shape our future for the better. By embracing and learning new technologies and green innovations such as durable materials to replace plastic or sustainable production, we can shift the tide of global warming together.

Similarly to previous economic or social issues that have faced our world, technological initiatives and development through investment is key for a circular and more sustainable economic system. Green technology promises to create an abundance of new jobs and sectors which will help us transition away from fossil fuels.

Green tech is not only limited to products but there’s also many services that work towards the development of sustainable solutions. There’s plenty of technology nowadays that helps us reduce and even mitigate our carbon footprint. By supporting the tech progress, we can ensure a green future for all.

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sustainable fashion

Sustainable Fashion

When it comes to sustainable fashion, the environmental toll of fast fashion shouldn’t be the only thing that comes to mind. One must consider the working situations of the employees who create the clothes too, the production chain, the logistics, materials or even the transportation.

Fashion plays a very important role in all of our lives. At Zero Waste Berlin Festival we seek to challenge fashion industries norms and find solutions for its fundamental issues. Join us as we discover new ways in which we can bring sustainable and economical fashion alternatives into the mainstream. We need to highlight and identify the key players that will create new, exciting solutions for sustainable production chains as well as product durability and circularity. 

Sustainable fashion is all about exploring how we can create a more transparent and ethical supply chain—key themes like globalisation, collaboration and accountability in the industry.

Lifestyle

Committing to a zero waste lifestyle is just easier than how it sounds. Everyday we make active choices that affect ourselves and the environment. If you want to lead a positive, zero waste lifestyle simply consider your daily routine, like how you travel and get around—can you do it more sustainably? The answer is probably yes; what you do on a personal and professional level every day is an impactful choice.

A zero waste lifestyle is in reality the aspects of our everyday lives that we, as conscious consumers, can actively control. We unconsciously make many choices that have a direct impact on the environment.  How much impact has the movie you will be streaming tonight? How many cups of coffee have you taken in your life that ended up in the landfill? Or have you ever considered how your money at the bank is supporting some other organizations that are not sustainable?

You can lower your carbon footprint.To get started on your zero waste journey simply begin taking stock of what you truly value in life. It’s easy to have a zero waste life if we are aware of the solutions around us.

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sustainable food system

Sustainable Food System

A sustainable food system is one that provides food security and nutrition for all whilst consciously upholding ethical and sustainable environmental practices. Creating a sustainable food system is a challenge, but we can achieve this together via a coordinated effort and implementing sustainable systems.

While there is easily enough food produced to feed the world’s population, every year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). We need to work together and revamp this industry—to organise and develop solutions for each step of the food chain. These range from the rights of the workers that produce the food, to the supermarkets all the way to your doorstep. 

Initiatives such as zero waste cooking and From Farm to Fork empower people to make conscious decisions such as buying local and seasonal food, cutting down on food waste and getting creative by repurposing or using compost to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

Activism

Climate activism is interdisciplinary advocacy for climate change action to be recognized and addressed by policymakers. There are always opportunities for local, collective action— knowing and joining with these grassroots campaigns are key to contributing towards a better future.

Citizens, as well as organizations have the power to raise their voices and fight for solutions that help to change certain systems. Join us as we shed light on how we can help solve today’s environmental challenges. Discover the reasons, goals and processes behind the collaboration between civil society, scientists and policy makers.

Societal collaboration can play an important part in ensuring sustainability and equity, however we must start encouraging change at a policy and legal level.

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self-care

Self-care

Have you ever sat down and thought of how climate change affects your mental health or whether you could make a positive environmental impact during your everyday life? Leading an ethical and mindful lifestyle benefits not only the environment but also your mental and physical health. Conscious everyday choices are the cornerstone to making any impactful change. 

Self-care is caring for your body both inwardly and outwardly—sustainable ways in which you can physically take care of yourself. This includes mindfulness and how we can deal with eco-anxiety and help others no matter where they’re at in their zero waste journey. 

Discover the connection between mindfulness and eco-friendly living and ways you can reduce your everyday waste. When working out or taking care of your body opt for sustainable sportswear or use cosmetic products from companies.