OUR INITIATIVES

Recent Initiatives

#stoppackaging

Feminine Hygiene

J’💚 le COMPOST

Our Survey

Zero Waste Week

Zero Dechet Mont Blanc was created by a group of people who share a desire to reduce waste. Individually many of us have passion projects we would like to pursue. Collectively we have agreed to respond to the needs identified by the local community. Which is why our open survey and ongoing research will direct where we focus our energies.

#stoppackaging

Our #stoppackaging campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of how many opportunities exist to do away with packaging when we are shopping.

 

Lots of packaging can be recycled – which is good – but there is a huge amount that cannot, particularly when it comes to films, plastics and the dreaded polystyrene.

 

Our goal with this campaign, as always, is to encourage everyone to make the changes that they can. There is an ever-expanding range of products becoming available ‘en vrac’ or in a zero waste format from food to household cleaners.

 

The campaign promotes a series of easy swaps, changes you can make when you’re shopping to reduce packaging with minimum effort.


Zero Waste Feminine Hygiene Products

We talk about zero waste period products with Dr Elsa Marin who is based at the Hôpitaux du Pays du Mont-Blanc.

 

The video is designed to give a complete overview of the choice of reusable period products now on the market and how to use them. Designed to enable you to make informed decisions, the video provides information on the chemicals and trace elements which can be found in disposable products and delivers practical advice about how to use everything from menstrual cups to period pants.

 

Whether you want to find out more about the health benefits or are looking to make changes to help reduce the huge environmental impact of disposable period products, our video will help guide you on the way.

Our Survey

Our first step was to create and launch a survey in French and English to ask both individuals and businesses for their views on waste reduction. Simply put, what was working for and areas where additional support would be welcomed.

 

The results were informative. All respondents agreed that waste reduction was something they considered with 49% scoring it a 10 in terms of importance. 45% and 42% said that they were recycling and composting well – outcomes which offer room for lots of further improvement.

Add your voice to the survey.

The ZDMB survey is anonymous and remains open and anyone who lives in the Mont Blanc area is welcome to complete it at any time. We are particular keen to hear from businesses too.

Our latest results (to end September 2020) are published here (EN and FR).

We will update the results from time to time and share them through the website, our newsletters and through our Facebook Group

 

All respondents agreed that waste reduction was something they considered important with 49% scoring it a 10/10 in terms of importance


 

Composting food waste is one of the simplest yet most transformative ways of reducing waste.

 

SITOM is committed to improving composting rates and is committed to expanding its community composting locations and sale of affordable composters, and we want to support them in doing that!

 

Launched on 14 February 2021, J’💚 COMPOST isn’t your traditional match making service, but we will do our best to buddy you up with a neighbour who may be able to help! Our goal is to give people who can’t compost at the moment – for whatever reason – access to a local composter.

 

  • Do you have space in your composter that you’d be happy to share with a neighbour?
  • Do you live in the valley but don’t have a garden?

 

Send us an email at info@zerodechetmontblanc.fr and we will take it from there. We’ll do our best to act as ‘compost cupids’ – matching you with locals who are offering to share their spare composting capacity or to buddy up with you to get a neighbourhood composter installed.

Why should you compost?

30%
According to SITOM, 30% of domestic bin bags is compostable food waste.
We don’t claim to be experts in the art of composting. What we do know, is that it will reduce domestic waste enormously. If you have a garden and want to start composting, then SITOM will be holding composter sales in the spring. You can find out the details about where to buy your composter and what can go in it on the SITOM website here  Otherwise, Google and YouTube will be your friend in finding the perfect way to turn food waste into lush black compost.
 

I started composting as part of Zero Waste Week last year. We don't have our own composter (yet) but its easy just to drop it off at the communal one and I've more than halved the weight of my black bin bag every week.

- Sue R

I bought a composter from the lovely S.I.T.O.M. people to put in my shared garden and the other people in my building started using it immediately. Not only have we reduced the waste of all the apartments, but we should hopefully get some lovely compost to put on our veggie patch.

- Louisa R

Since introducing a compost into our home I've been able to reduce my househouse waste from a 30L bin bag every 5 days to a 10L bag every week. I've also learnt a lot about decomposition and now have enough rich soil from my compost every year for my garden.

- Rachel B

I have one goal which is to reduce my waste to a minimum, and that’s why I compost. We eat a lot of veggies, and by my own rough estimates, my husband and I put around 10kg/week into the composter, it's a brilliant way to cut down on waste.

- Alison P
  • Louisa

Zero Waste Week 19-26 September 2020

Our first public campaign. It was designed to capture people’s imaginations and make them think about just how much waste they were sending to the incinerator every week.

 

Simply put, weigh a week’s worth of black bag rubbish and then try and reduce it the following week. Changes we recommended included better recycling, adopting composting, reducing food waste by shopping more frequently and so on. Participants reported that composting alone reduced their average bin bag weight by more than 50%.

 

We were also delighted to receive huge support from SITOM to run three workshops during the course of the week.

The first day was in Servoz, we enjoyed a sunny afternoon learning how to re-use old T shirts and turn them in to tawashis (washing-up sponges) and macramé plant holders.

The second workshop was in Argentière, this time we turn our attention to making cleaning products.

The final day was held at Bighorn Bistro and Bakery in Chamonix. We ran two workshops on how to make bees wrap, an ecological alternative to plastic food wrapping.