Unexpected success at the Zero Waste Festival
The first edition of the Montreal Zero Waste Festival has met with an unexpected success. Held at Marché Bonsecourss, an estimated 6700 participants took part in the event, more than double what was expected.
Marie Gaucher, coordinator at La Transformerie explains how their project fits well with the zero waste movement as their mission is to eliminate food waste: “We collect unsold fruits and vegetables from small food retailers and grocery stores and we then transform them into different sweet and savoury spreads.”
The zero waste movement is increasingly grabbing Quebecers attention, because it offers simple and positive solutions, according to Cynthia Bouchard Gosselin: “we bring solutions instead of just talking about the problems caused by, for example, climate change. Those who come here go away with tools that they can easily put into practice.”
The organizers of this first Zero Waste Festival hope it will serve as a launching pad for new eco-friendly initiatives in Quebec.
Extract from Succès surprise pour le Festival Zéro Déchet de Montréal by Fanny Buissières McNicoll for ICI Radio-Canada, published October 15, 2017.