First zero waste web-documentary project

Zero waste as a first step to a stronger democratic commitment?

Can zero waste change our system?

About us

Les Autruches Utopistes is a French NGO founded in March 2019, committed to zero waste. With our webdocumentary project “De l’autre côté” we want to promote with media tools this zero waste movement as one of the solutions to resist our current economic and democratic model imposed upon us. Inspired by readings of scientists, sociologists and experts in ecology, we decided to found an NGO “Les Autruches Utopistes” (in tribute to George Marshall and his “Don’t Even Think About It” (translated in French to « Syndrome de l’Autruche ») and “Utopia for Realists” by Rutger Bregman). Our NGO is based in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Our project

Is there a link between deficit of democracy and overproduction of waste? In opposite, is it possible to regenerate democratic feels and actions through a change in the consumer behavior of the citizen? “De l’autre côté” is a multimedia online platform that, in addition to presenting the actions of citizens, companies, NGO and institutions engaged in zero-waste in France and in Europe, offers a reflection on the causal link between waste and citizenship. Our goal is to produce 8 themed episodes with documentary videos, articles explaining the action of actors met and interviewed, audio content (interviews, meetings) as well as illustrations.

Our partners

Our project is independent and we are volunteers, for this we have created an NGO and are currently looking for intellectual and financial partners to help us finalise the production of our content. Supporting us means supporting an experienced team committed to zero waste and asserting yourself as a reference in this field.

The team


Independent writer and digital project manager. Her passion for the protection of the environment led her to work on environmental projects in Cambodia. She is the founder of the Plastic Free Cambodia project in Phnom Penh, ran workshops and managed all the communication of this social enterprise. Back in France, she co-founded the NGO Les Autruches Utopistes and launched the multimedia project “De l’autre côté“.


Independent camera operator and video editor with more than 10 years of experience. Passionate about documentaries, he moved to Cambodia in 2014, where he worked on a multimedia environmental project. He is also working on a documentary film inspired by his previous project. Back in France, he co-founded the NGO Les Autruches Utopistes and produced the videos for the multimedia project “De l’autre côté“.


Digital project manager, she is passionate about digital and its ability to change society and protect the environment. In Cambodia, she involved herself with Plastic Free Cambodia, a new social enterprise that aims to promote the zero waste lifestyle – zero waste and disposable plastic. Back in France, she committed to the zero waste movement in Bordeaux, before co-founding the NGO Les Autruches Utopistes.


Illustrator and artist, she is passionate about zero waste. Marie works for many projects as an independent. Engaged in a creative approach to ecology, she participates in her way to the zero waste transition, through reuse and upcycling, and in 2016 she launched her blog Kaltenpola.

News from the team

The adventure begins in Bordeaux

Spring 2019

Les détritivores

We followed the teams of this NGO that collects bio-waste in Bordeaux to turn them into compost.

Youth For Climate

We filmed young people who campaign for the climate.

Jean-Marc Gancille

We interviewed the co-founder of Darwin and author of Ne plus se mentir“.


We met Anaïs, a young citizen very committed to zero waste and civil disobedience action.

and continues in Slovenia

Zero Waste Europe Study Tour

Visit of the Ljubljana sorting center

It is the first European capital to commit to zero waste with 68% recycling rate in 2018 (against 35% in France).

Visit of Bled, a tourist town committed to zero waste

The city has implemented the principle of “Pay as you throw” since 2011.

On the cardboard side

No incinerator, everything is sorted, composted, prepared for recycling. Less than 5% of the waste is buried (in landfill)!

The study tour ended with a workshop

How can society become zero waste? Who must act? And how? Zero Waste Europe is a specialist in this area!

Support us

Do you love zero waste? And you would like to know how zero waste can be one of the keys to a change in society? We would like to document it! For that you can contribute to our project. Click on the link below and you will be redirected to our HelloAsso page.

Contact us

We love to talk about waste, all the time, at any time – so do you? You’re an engaged citizen or in the making? Yes we also like the human, society all that! So let’s talk! Call us on +33 6 11 18 53 68 or send us an email at (Ecomail is THE smart mailbox that acts for the environment – AMAZING!).