Malaysia’s First Zero Waste Fest

Malaysia’s First Zero Waste Fest was held successfully on 23rd December 2017, Saturday at Slate at The Row.

We are excited to have Bea Johnson as our guest speaker sharing her journey towards achieving a Zero Waste Lifestyle. Bea is the Founder of Global #ZeroWasteMovement and author of the bestseller, Zero Waste Home, which is currently available in 20 languages!

The event also featured a Zero Waste Market, Mini Exhibition, Workshop, launching of the Zero Waste Map and many more!


Event details

Date        : 23rd December 2017
Time       : 10 a.m. – 5p.m.
Venue      : Slate@The Row, Kuala Lumpur (46-48, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur)



12.30 pm : Registration
1.00 pm  : ‘STRAWS’ film screening

1.40 pm  : Bea Johnson’s talk on Zero Waste Living

2.40 pm  : Q&A

3.15 pm  : Launching of the Zero Waste Map.

3.30 pm  : Tea Break & Book Signing
5.00 pm  : See you!

(10 am-5 pm: Zero Waste Concept Market/ Zero Waste Mini Exhibition/ Bokashi Bin Workshop)


Event Highlights

Bea Johnson, Founder of Global Zero Waste Movement

Bea Johnson and her family adopted a zero waste lifestyle a decade ago; their household produces a mere pint of trash per year.

Bea Johnson and her family adopted a zero waste lifestyle a decade ago; their household produces a mere pint of trash per year.

With her blog and bestseller Zero Waste Home (translated in 20 languages, #1 on Amazon waste cat.), Bea launched a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste.

Her methodology is based on 5R’s: “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and only in that order”. She shatters misconceptions, proving that zero waste can not only be stylish, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings.

She speaks at universities, corporate events and conferences all over the globe, including Google, Pixar, Adobe, the European Parliament and the United Nations.

She has completed eight international tours and given 190+ speeches in 30+ countries on 6 continents. She has appeared on TV shows and in publications everywhere, from The Today Show to BBC Breakfast. Passionate and optimistic, she was dubbed “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by the New York Times and is the leading spokesperson for zero waste living.

She is a Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards, a member of the New Dream advisory council, and a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.

At Malaysia’s First Zero Waste Fest, Bea Johnson has shared her 10 year Zero Waste Journey- why they started, the obstacles encountered and solutions found, the benefits achieved, her top 5 tips for living zero waste and about the movement that has emerged over the years.


The Very First All Day Zero Waste Event in Malaysia

As the leading organization of Zero Waste Lifestyle in Malaysia, Zero Waste Malaysia has put much effort to ensure this event generates zero waste:

  • Zero Waste Vendors: Only naked or refillable Zero Waste products get selected.

  • No Disposables: Public are encouraged to bring their own containers to shop.

  • Low Impact: Hand-print Zero Waste Malaysia’s logo on bed sheet and used T-shirts.

  • No Mineral Water Bottle: Water station is open for refill.

  • No Trash Bin: Only 1recycle bin and 1 compost bin (for food scraps) will be provided.


Launching of the Zero Waste Map

In order to provide a platform for local zero waste resources, Zero Waste Malaysia has gathered information from the community to create a Zero Waste Map.

The map provides locations of bulk food suppliers as well as zero waste alternatives.  By doing so, we wish to promote local zero waste related businesses and inspire social enterprises to run businesses that create a low environmental impact.

This is considered the first zero waste map in not only Malaysia but also the whole South East Asia region, covering up to 250 locations with 10 categories including Bulk Food/Community Compost/Household Cleaning Products/Personal Care Products/Repair Services/Thrift Shops/ Recycling station.

Selected vendors from Map were invited to the Fest and share their good products with us.


Zero Waste Mini Exhibition

How does a Zero Waste Lifestyle look like? We had a mini exhibition with four themes, Zero Waste Dining, Zero Waste Kitchen, Zero Waste On-the-go and Zero Waste Bathroom. By visiting this mini exhibition, public got the ideas on how their home can become zero waste by switching to these zero waste alternatives!


Bokashi Bin Workshop

Do you know that 50% of our trash produced are organic waste that can be turned into nutrient-rich soil?

More than 30 years ago, Japanese microbiologist and organic farmer Teruo Higa discovered Bokashi, an alternative to traditional methods of composting. We find this method suitable even for those who does not have the luxury of a backyard for conventional composting and also for apartment dwellers as it is done anaerobically in a bin. We are grateful to have Wynnee to discuss on how Bokashi works and various way its mix and byproducts can be used. She demonstrated to participants how to make own Bokashi compost starter, followed by Q&A.

Bokashi is anaerobic process, has a malt vinegar scent and does not stink, does not attract insects, increases soil quality and promotes plant growth.
– No more smelly/ rotting garbage.
– Lesser landfills
– More fertile soil and happy worms in the ground


About Zero Waste Malaysia

Founded by zero wasters Aurora Tin and Sue Yee Khor in 2016, Zero Waste Malaysia provides a platform for educating the local community on how to generate less waste. Through the sharing of knowledge, ideas and discussion within this platform we have attracted 6000 members to join this international movement within 2 years.

In 2017 we have organized several offline events such as Zero Waste Pasar Malam Shopping Tour, Zero Waste Picnic and a Community Film Screening. In May, we launched Malaysia’s very first Zero Waste Map Beta version that assists users to easily embrace a zero waste lifestyle.


Our Sponsors

We are honoured to partner with businesses that align with our core values.

  • Slate at the Row

    The row comprises twenty two 1940’s pre war shop houses, readapted into a vibrant enclave of independent & complementary businesses. An antidote to the city’s ubiquitous tower and standard malls. The row reintroduces communal public spaces to street life with its alleyway beer garden shaded by old trees, and a landscaped front plaza offering outdoor seating and alfresco dining.

  • Element Hotel
    Built green from the ground-up, Element Kuala Lumpur is Green Building Index (GBI) certified. Inspired by the Westin brand, Element hotels feature natural light-filled stylish spaces, sustainable designs and eco-friendly practices. These include the use of rainwater harvesting system, indoor air quality CO2 monitor, daylight glare control and energy efficient LED lighting. In support of the green initiatives, filtered water system is installed in the kitchenette so that guests can consume water safely directly from the tap and effectively eliminate the use of plastic bottles.

  • Ãn Viet
    Ãn Viet, which literally means to “Eat Viet”, a casual dining restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food. Ãn Viet was conceived with the aim to get people to “Eat” their food, in response to the horrendous amount of food that goes to waste – a whopping 1/3 of the food produced for human consumption globally, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Their vision of tackling food waste plays an important part in managing a sustainable restaurant!

  • Justlife cafe
    Is there a place where people could dine with peace of mind, where ingredients used are earth friendly, cultivated and produced with integrity, where authentic flavours of foods are retained with utmost care and respect and where anyone can enjoy a wholesome dining experience?

    We hold dearly to this ideal and thus begins our journey of justlife cafe.