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From Portugal to Bulgaria: People join the fight against wasteful products

From Portugal to Bulgaria: People join the fight against wasteful products


Have you ever counted how many products you need to replace each year in your life? Indeed, some things always need to be replaced: you broke a plate or grew some clothes. But how many others, from the packaging to the things you use, are designed to have a short life and be thrown away?

People's Design Lab: A participatory method to identify the worst culprits

In July last year, citizens from all over the world participated in the People’s Design Lab’s redesigned European online challenge, aimed at identifying the most wasteful products on the market. The most "disgusting" items are plastic bags, styrofoam containers, coffee capsules and cups, straws and many other disposable "things".

People's Design Lab is a European zero waste project aimed at raising awareness of the increasing number of waste items that cannot be reused, repaired, recycled or composted. As more and more people become aware of this issue each year, the laboratory allows citizens to participate in a growing movement and opposes wasting the limited resources on the planet on products designed for garbage.

People take action

This year's "People's Design Lab" has a strong momentum, and people all over Europe have taken actions to go further than identifying bad product designs. Seminars from Portugal to Bulgaria are being held to allow people to challenge the way things are designed and determine available solutions for our current level of wasteful consumption.

In Portugal, through the non-governmental organization ZERO, people target waste in restaurants and supermarkets and work with companies to reduce waste in their premises. In Spain, Friends of the Earth Spain hosted a seminar in Madrid on how to live a zero waste lifestyle during European Waste Reduction Week (EWWR). Zero Waste Slovenia organized three seminars in three different cities to help citizens reduce waste by providing tools (including detailed information on where to buy packaging for free to how to make their own products) and empower them to transform to zero waste. lifestyle. Friends of the Earth Cyprus is involving municipalities in specific waste reduction goals. In Lithuania, the non-governmental organization Ziedine Ekonomika has just held a meeting at Gediminas Technical University in Vilnius to discuss the prohibition of coffee in the university cafeteria. Finally, Bulgaria’s Za Zemiata is working on the greening of kindergartens that rely heavily on disposable and disposable products.

Be inspired!

Positive changes are contagious, and these activities will certainly attract many people. Keep up to date with and be inspired by the great works of like-minded people! We will bring you highlights through the People’s Design Lab website, Instagram profile and other social media (such as Facebook).

Stay tuned, great things are coming soon!

"Positive changes are contagious, and these activities will definitely attract a lot of people."

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