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 “On the other side” we want to promote with media tools the zero waste movement as one of the solution 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 uutruches 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? “On the other side” 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

Charlotte

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“.

Pablo

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“.

Hélène

Digital project manager, passionate about digital technology for its ability to change society, but aware of its strong environmental impact, she is looking for more responsible digital industry. 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.

Léa

Communication student and committed to an ethical, responsible and ecological lifestyle, she invests herself in projects that make sense. Above all, her objective is to raise awareness through inspiring and motivating multimedia content. This is why she wanted to get involved in the project On the other side.

Marie

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

Along with the filming of the first episode of our webdocumentary series : REFUSE,

in 2019 we also participated, created or co-created some events…

The WIS 2019 round table

organised by Make Sense, with Zero Waste Bordeaux, La révolution des tortues and Récup we tried to answer “Why and how does ecology accelerate creativity?”

At La Base in Paris

we invited Aremacs, Boycott Citoyen, La Bascule, Zero Waste France and Zero Waste Paris to a screening of our first video production and a discussion about Zero Waste: a realistic utopia?

With Zero Waste Bordeaux

we organised a screening and debate to imagine altogether our city of tomorrow, and it was at the Maison Ecocitoyenne de Bordeaux !

Of course we were there 👋

at the SMICVAL annual zero waste festival! We were delighted (and a little nervous 😱) to screen for the first time of the video of the first REFUSE episode followed by a great debate.

Have you seen ostriches in Portugal?

The Zero Waste Youth Global Meeting in Lisbon allowed us to meet with young people from around the world engaged in the zero waste movement! We presented the association and the project! Very nice event, very inspiring!

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Have you heard of La Bascule in Pontivy?

We went to find out what are these young people who refused to do their internship in companies building at La Bascule! 6 months to think about what the world would look like after the collapse? You will discover them in the first episode REFUSE “On the other side”!

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“.

ANVCOP21

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 autruches.utopistes@ecomail-asso.com (Ecomail is THE smart mailbox that acts for the environment – AMAZING!).