ZÉROCTOBRE – The Zero Packaging Challenge

We challenge you to make a change in October!

84% of those who responded to our survey in 2020 estimated plastic and packaging was the biggest component of their waste. Next time you shop, STOP and think about what you’re buying. Remember even small changes have a positive impact on the environment.

We’ll be sharing lots of ideas with you during the challenge.

Why not sign-up now, and make the changes you can?

In 2018, packaging waste generated in the EU was estimated at 174.1 kg per inhabitant. It can feel as though we don't have much control over how our goods are packaged but by making good choices when we shop we can reduce our impact. Join us for ZÉROCTOBRE and commit to make a difference!

What changes will you make?

Start with some easy changes…

I will buy all my dry food “en vrac”

Dry foods such as pasta, rice, and cereal are easy to find in supermarkets in the valley, instead of grabbing packets off the shelf take your own bags and buy as much or as little as you need

I will reuse my vegetable bags

Keep a few fabric or paper bags in your shopping bags and use them several times over – simple!

I will take my own tubs to the deli counter

Pretty much all the supermarkets and delis in the valley will allow you to bring your own containers for fresh goods sold by weight, check our directory to find out where

For those who like to cook…

I will make my own zero packaging meals from scratch

We know it can be hard to find the time to make all your meals from scratch every day, but there are easy zero waste recipes below to help you get started 

For those who want more of a challenge…

I will reduce the number of cleaning products I buy

We recommend starting simple and swapping out pre-packed products with ones you make yourself (see below for ideas) or buy in reusable packaging from zero waste shops

I won’t buy anything in plastic packaging

A giant bravo from us if you’re trying this! Remember metal and glass can be recycled over and over again, so a quick win is to choose products in bottles or cans where you can. We also recommend shopping at specialist zero waste grocers like La Reserve du Mont Blanc in Les Houches, where all the containers are reusable, or Le Repère des Z’Héros in Sallanches, where you can take your own containers and fill them in the shop. 

Sign-up here!

Easy Zero Packaging Recipes

No-Plastic Humous

250g cooked chickpeas + 60ml of cooking liquid

1 clove garlic

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons olive oil


Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth (around 30 seconds)

Roasted Tomato Arrabbiata Sauce

1 kg fresh tomatoes

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 

1-2 tsp dried crushed chillis 

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp salt

black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

14-16 fresh basil leaves

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Halve the tomatoes, and tip into a large roasting tin. Add the garlic, chilli, oregano, thyme, salt, black pepper, and olive oil, then mix together. Roast for 20 minutes until they are turning brown.

Remove from the oven, and carefully spoon the tomatoes and their juices into a blender. Add the basil leaves and balsamic vinegar. Blitz until completely smooth.

Zero Waste Cereal Bars

Makes around 20 bars

230g oat flakes

90g flour

150g sugar

140g butter, cubed

1 egg

60g hazelnut powder

100g chocolate chips


Mix the oat flakes until you get a coarse powder. Add the flour, sugar, hazelnut powder and butter. 

Mix by hand until you have a sandy consistency and the butter has covered the oat flakes. Add the egg and mix again, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Grease a 22cm square tin and sprinkle in a little flour. Put the oat mixture in the tin and spread evenly.

Cook in the oven at 170C for 30 minutes. When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Cut into bars approx 2.5cm x 11cm

Recipe courtesy of La Reserve du Mont Blanc. See more of their zero waste recipes on their facebook page here

Homemade Cleaning Products

Kitchen Cleaner

1 tbsp soda crystals

2 tbsp black soap

450ml filtered water

2ml orange essential oil


Warm the soda crystals, black soap and water in a beaker in a bain-marie. Mix until the crystals have dissolved. Leave to cool and add the essential oil. Transfer to a spray bottle.


Shower Cleaner

650ml filtered water

350ml white vinegar

30 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Put all of the ingredients in a 1l spray bottle and mix.

Note: not suitable for marble or stone