Wilton Go Green’s 2nd Annual Zero Waste Faire, formerly known as the Wilton Go Green Festival, will be held Saturday, Mar. 23 at the Wilton High School Field House, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  

“We’re really excited about this year’s Zero Waste Faire. Last year’sZero Waste Faire exceeded our expectations and this year, with more exhibitors, great products to buy and new Faire Features, we know this one will be even better,” says Dana Gips, Wilton Go Green’s board president.

The Zero Waste Faire will again feature a broad range of interactive exhibits to help Wilton and Fairfield County become more conscious about and involved in practicing Zero Waste living. There will be exhibits from museums, aquariums, and environmental organizations with many fun, educational activities. This year’s event will  have more exhibitors demonstrating and selling products, such as reusable drinking straws, compost bins and reusable beeswax food wrap.

“Our hope is that each attendee implements at least one new zero-waste practice,” Lisa Somer, Zero Waste Faire’s marketing chair says.

New features–the Fix-It-Café, a Zero Waste Store, the Eco Fashion Show, a Zero Waste Tiny Home and The Problem with Single Use Plastics exhibit, among others–will add more value to the Faire. For example, attendees can bring clothing and small appliances in need of repair to the the “Fix-It-Café” to get fixed on-site or taken offsite for fixing; the “The Problem with Single Use Plastics” exhibit will educate the community about the negative effects of plastic on oceans, animals, and the environment, and will offer alternatives for plastic in and outside the home.

Exhibit categories will range from home composting, backyard farming, zero-waste cooking, recycling and food storage. There will also be a Zero Waste Feast, games for children, entertainment and guest speakers. The featured areas include:

  • Recycling:  Featuring “What’s In and What’s Out,” a look at the state’s new recycling laws. Trucks will also be available on site to recycle old furniture and other household items
  • Zero Waste Living Demo Area:  community members can demo and learn about a variety of products for going zero waste at home, including alternatives to plastic and kitchen wrap, using rain barrels, and environmentally-friendly laundry powders.
  • Kids Activities/Nature Education:  featuring arts and crafts, family yoga, wildlife exhibits, vermi-composting, and many more fun activities
  • Zero Waste Management:  Exhibitors will share a variety of ways to compost; how to repurpose, donate and reuse to reduce waste; and information about recycling a variety of materials that would otherwise go to landfill or for incineration.
  • Garden & Farming Education:  organic farming, planning a backyard vegetable garden, native plants, pollinator protection, beekeeping, maple syrup, and more
  • Food demos:  featuring Middlebrook School’s very own Heather Priest teaching how to cook using food scraps, how to prepare zero waste lunches, shopping and meal planning
  • Progress sharing:  Exhibitors from around the area who have made great progress in promoting zero waste in schools, municipalities and their communities
  • Conversation Zone:   A host of speakers discussing topics from “Skip the Straw,” “The Wilton Transfer Station and Waste Reduction,”and “Plastic Bag Ban in Wilton”
  • Entertainers:  Be amused by Cyril the Sorcerer and listen to Wilton’s home-grown talent organized by Middlebrook’s Janet Nobles.
  • Electric cars:  Learn about and drive in an electric car hosted by the EV Club of CT.
  • Silent Auction: Win great Zero Waste products and services.

No single use plastic water bottles will be sold at the event, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle/coffee tumbler or consider buying one at the Faire.

The event is hosted by Wilton Go Green and organized by dynamic volunteers. This year WGG received a generous grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to help pay for the Faire operations. The Faire is supported by sponsors including the Green Partner–Sustainne; a Silver Sponsor–The Junkluggers; and Media Partners–GOOD Morning Wilton and 95.9 The Fox.

There is no charge to attend, although donations are welcome with a suggested amount of $5 per person or $10 per family. All funds raised will go to Wilton Go Green’s programs, such as the Wilton No Idling initiative and the Zero Waste Schools program.

For more information about the Zero Waste Faire, follow Wilton Go Green on Facebook and Instagram, and for up to date information on exhibitors and event features, visit the Wilton Waste Faire webpage. To get involved with the Zero Waste Faire as a volunteer or to be a sponsor, partner or an exhibitor, email Dana Gips.