Zero Waste Festival - Reflecting and Rethinking Development


Unlike many other festivals across the country, Zero Waste Festival was first of its kind that encouraged people to promote and exhibit only local produce with plastic-products being highly discouraged.

Everything starting from stall construction to serving feast in the restaurant to festive lunch organized for the guest has made use of banana leaves and bamboo as prime material.

During the festival that lasted from 14th - 16th of May, 2016, the farmers from different gewogs of Samdrup Jongkhar District took part in selling their local cuisines, local seeds, organic vegetables, handmade crafts, homemade compost, and also to showcase their culture and traditional dances and their indigenous knowledge which were at the brink of gradually disappearing with this consumerist age intervention.

The festival was aimed to provide platform for people to see and experience typical GNH festival that holistically integrates ecological conservation, strengthen communities, encourage food security and self sufficiency and promote culture and traditional knowledge. It was also aimed to educate and create awareness on the importance of choices we make to enable healthy lifestyle.

SJI sincerely thank all the supporters and well wishers in making this festival very successful and exemplar.

Funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC).


Zero Waste festival


Guest refreshing their lost memories of eating Yaragra, Chera, Tokaray.....

Segregation competition

Monks' innovation

Tarayana supported group from Mongar

Local incense and statues from Dewathang



Farmers from Menchari village


Traditional dance

Ache Lhamo Cham

Zero Waste craft exhibition by the students

Compost man of Dewathang - popularly known as Ata Daza

Youth enjoying local food on banana leaves and bamboo cups