SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 7, 2021 – To expand the zero-waste culture that minimizes packaging waste and promotes packaging reuse, Seoul runs “Zero Forest” in the Seoul Upcycling Plaza (SUP). In Seoul’s Zero Forest, visitors can experience zero-waste products and eco-friendly consumption culture. The space will be open 10 am to 6 pm for three months from September 3 (Fri) to November 30 (Tue), except Mondays.
In Zero Forest, visitors can meet bulk products that can refill small containers are on display.
There are also some products that are currently being sold in private zero-waste stores. Citizens can engage in packaging reduction and reuse by trying those products. For instance, they can get a container to the refill station and fill it with liquid dish soap or shampoo. Also, they can check the effectiveness and quality of various zero-waste products—solid toothpaste, shampoo, rinse, and many others—that also are being sold in private shops.
The Zero Forest comprises three stations: refill station, resource recycle station, and promotion station for zero-waste products and shops.
First, visitors can make small portions of products in the refill station or refill reusable containers with dish soap or even food. They can bring their own containers or use ones that the Zero Forest provides.
Second, the resource cycle station is where recyclable resources brought by visitors are collected.
Seoul helps manufacture upcycled products in this station. For example, collected single-use plastics will be transformed into different recyclable products such as soap savers.
Third, the promotion station introduces products that are being sold in actual zero-waste shops.
Visitors can take a look at solid toothpaste, shampoo, rinse, and natural sponge in this space.
The SMG will continue supporting package-free consumption culture by implementing additional measures other than running the Zero Forest. For example, the city plans to set up zero-waste store certification and install zero-waste corners in big supermarkets within this year. Based on this, Seoul will expand its support so that private zero-waste stores can settle down in Seoulites’ daily lives from next year.
Jung Mi-Seon, Director of Resource Recycling Division, said, “To reduce the soaring packaging waste, it is instrumental to grow package-free consumption habits in citizens. We will continue to help our citizens experience the eco-friendly consumption culture and practice it in their day-today lives.”
|a map of zero-waste shops is Seoul||Boxes to collect recyclable resources|
|the promotion station introduces products that are being sold in actual zero-waste shops|