Zero Waste Festival Carlow

Zero Waste Festival Carlow

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Zero Waste Festival in Carlow despite the weather. Here are some impressions:



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The Festival and all workshops and talks are free to attend. We will have a sign-up sheet at the entrance, as some venues only have limited capacity. So, be sure to check out our Festival info stand at the door to save your spot.

Talks and Workshops

Time The Stables Geodome
11 – 12 Zero Waste Family Zero Waste 101
12 – 1 Smells Like Clean Spirit Recycling Workshop
1 – 2 Cook More. Waste Less. Ecobricks
2 – 3 Climate Change Crocheting with Plarn
3 – 4 First Steps to Zero Waste  

The Stables

11:00 – 12:00
Zero Waste Family

Friendly and informal chat about living a low waste life with kids. From cloth nappies to pre-loved clothes and baby led weaning to climate action - it’s all about creating a community of like minded friends to raise our children. Trying to raise our children in a way that avoiding waste is a norm and not an alternative lifestyle. Everyone is welcome. Craft activities for the kids to keep them busy while we chat with thanks to Jiminy.

12:00 – 1:00
Smells Like Clean Spirit

Smells like Clean Spirit: Earth Friendly Cleaning is a Workshop By Molly Aylesbury of Bare Necessities Ireland at 12 noon in the stables. Earth-friendly cleaning can save you time and money. At this workshop get hands on experience making your own cleaning products and advice on how you can clean everything in your house.

1:00 – 2:00
Cook More. Waste Less.

Would you like to cut down on your food packaging but don’t know where to start? The quickest way is to start cooking from scratch…and it doesn’t have to be at Master Chef level! Zdenka from Coming to Zero will help you start - you will learn to prepare a few basics that you can then tweak to your liking!

2:00 – 3:00
Climate Change

Climate Change is one, if not the biggest potential problem facing life on this planet. It’s a complex issue, that needs to be made simple – it simply gets lost in translation!!!! Cool Planet Champions, Ireland’s first national programme is designed specifically at explaining climate change in as simple, understandable and colloquial way as possible. This talk is to help spread the word in your community and to help educate, inform and inspire change.

3:00 – 4:00
First Steps to Zero Waste

If you feel bad looking at the plastic floating in our seas and oceans, if the amount of plastic packaging on foods frustrates you or if you simply want reduce money spent on bin charges, Laura Cahill will give a hands on talk on how to start on the zero waste lifestyle. The talk will be followed by a Zero Waste Q&A with Laura and our Zero Waste veterans Molly Aylesbury and Jan Knappe.


We have four events lined up for the geodome at the Zero Waste Festival in Carlow.

11 am - Timi Nicholson from Simple No Waste Life is going to give an introduction to zero waste living

12 am - Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is going to demonstrate proper recycling in Ireland

1 pm - Seal Rescue Ireland is going to show how to make ecobricks using the soft plastics that cannot be thrown into our green bins; but save the plastic bags for later, because at

2 pm - Celia Somlai from Precious Plastic Dublin is going to turn those plastic bags into pretty bowls

Swap Shop

Swap Shop

EatGreenShopLess is hosting another of our beloved Swap Shops where you get the opportunity to swap the clothes in your wardrobe that you no longer wear/love with other people’s clothes. It gives you a chance to restyle your wardrobe.

Why swap?

The fast fashion industry is producing and disposing of millions of tonnes of clothing at an alarming rate. There are huge humanitarian, health and environmental costs to this. Here are 5 Truths about fast fashion that you might not know.

How does it work?

We’ll be taking drop offs of clothes from 10-12. Swapshopping will begin officially at 12 to give us enough time to label and hang all your gorgeous bits of clothing.

Clothes will be labeled with “glam” or “rag” tags which you can swap for a corresponding token! A max of 5 items can be dropped off and you will receive a token in return for each piece of clothing/shoes/bag. You’re asked to bring only good quality, clean clothes! The token will be reflective of the type of clothing given: dresses, jackets, skirts and nice tops will receive a “glam” token and regular jeans, jumpers and tops will get a “rag” token.

Find out more at the Swap Shop Facebook Event page.

Zero Waste Market

What to Bring?

What to Bring

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We are a community-run initiative to facilitate zero waste networking, learning, and sharing in Ireland through a series on pop-up festivals including workshops, talks, screenings, and meet-up sessions at various locations.