With the increasing awareness of the impact of excess waste on our planet, you might be wondering how you can personally help. Christmas is just around the corner, and unfortunately is often a time of overconsumption and waste. But with News Year’s Eve also quickly approaching, why not get a head start on your New Years’ resolutions and try reducing the amount of waste you create this festive season?
Top: Ali Postma / Above: Erica Berman
La Maison du Zéro Déchet is not only a concept store, it’s also a resource center truly dedicated to zero-waste living. Created by Zero Waste France, an environmental protection NGO specializing in waste reduction, the project describes itself as a way of life. It’s the first place of its kind in Paris, and hosts a program of workshops, conferences, screenings, and urban walks, as well as a beautiful and inviting shop.
If you’re still looking for some last-minute Christmas presents, or just something eco-friendly and lovely, this is the perfect place to find a guilt-free gift. La Maison du Zéro Déchet offers products that are both practical and pretty, to ensure your quest to reduce waste is a joyful one. Wouldn’t a brightly colored reusable water bottle or thermos make a great present?
Solid Shampoo and Shaving Kits
The store also has a range of bento boxes, pretty soaps, and solid shampoos (goodbye, non-recyclable packaging!) in a range of sparkling hues. For the men in your life? The shaving kit, including a quality safety razor, natural shaving brush, stand, and shaving soap, makes an excellent present.
Zero Waste Everything
The shop also stocks numerous other necessities to help you live a zero-waste (or close to) life. You will find washable handkerchiefs, diapers, and sanitary pads; compostable toothbrushes; and books on zero waste and environmental protection. The shop favors products made in France, preferring to work with French entrepreneurs, organizations, and suppliers.
Workshops and Classes
Workshops are offered in the back of the shop and include sewing, upcycling, furniture restoration, and vermicomposting (composting with worms). You can also take a class on how to make responsible soap, shampoo, dish or laundry detergent, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, candles, and furoshiki—a traditional Japanese cloth used to wrap and carry objects. Regular conferences are also held on a range of topics including zero-waste cooking, tips for home organization, and how to have a minimalist and responsible wardrobe.
Erica Berman: La Maison du Zero Dechet / Silverware Holder and Reusable Sandwich Bag
La Maison du Zéro Déchet – 3 rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris.
- Interested in composting? Read about neighborhood gardens & community efforts in Paris.
- Or read about kitchen compost buckets & worms on the balcony.
- Too Good to Go is France’s first anti-food waste app.
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