The Zero Waste Berlin Festival 2021 feels promising after a year and a half of online events, e-conferences and Zoom meetings. During 3 days (17-19 September), the location at Malzfabrik will turn into one of the biggest international spaces in Berlin to discuss diverse aspects of the zero waste movement, providing a spot for citizens, impact entrepreneurs and key players to learn, exchange ideas and get inspired. 

Last year we partnered with ZWFB and hosted at our space their pre-launch party of the festival, which was later held completely online due to COVID-19 restrictions. This time, Engelnest will provide a networking area with our unique and sustainable pallet-decoration style, where we hope to see good-for-the-environment alliances happening.

The Palleten-Lagen, our outside event location


Zero Waste, Circular Economy and Sustainability are the main subjects covered in the festival, which at the same time are divided into 7 categories: Green Cities, Green Tech, Sustainable Fashion, Lifestyle, Sustainable Food Systems, Activism and Self-Care.

For 3 days the participants will enjoy creative workshops and art displays, discover sustainable brands and startups at the exhibitor’s area and learn from more than 40 speakers, highlighting the following:

– Sophia Hoffmann, chef and activist

– Alina Bassi, Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020

– David Johannes, co-founder of the first zero-waste restaurant in Germany

– Alexander Piutti, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and innovation coach

Sophia Hoffmann

Sustainability and conscious consumption are priorities in what she does as a chef, cookbook author and activist. 

With 4 published books in German, Hoffmann has also participated as a speaker at international conferences (Food On The Edge – Galway; Couraveg – Porto), besides being invited in 2018 to cook the first all-vegan dinner for only women at the James Beard Foundation located in New York.

In Berlin, she works at the popular Isla Coffee, which circular economy concept has been awarded in 2018 with the German Gastro-Gründerpreis.

Alina Bassi

From her 7-years of experience building factories that generate energy and biofuels from waste, and her background as a Chemical Engineer, Alina developed an award-winning, patent-pending solution to turn textile waste into a plastic alternative. 

That is what Kleiderly, her company founded in Berlin, is about: fashionable sunglasses made from textile waste. She joined the Forbes under 30 class of 2020 at the Manufacturing and Industry category and is an advocate for women in STEM.

Everyone is invited to the festival, as it will be both German and English languages, and also possible to join in person or online. The organizers decided to keep that alternative for attendees outside Berlin after last year’s success. 

You can check the full program or buy tickets here. If you are part of an organisation, company, NGO, or other working in the mentioned sectors, consider joining as an exhibitor to connect with other businesses and a wider audience. 

When: September 17, 18 and 19 – 2021 / 9.30 – 21 hrs.

Where: Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin


Language: English & German


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