The Zero Waste Innovation Lab – ZEWIL was created by Impact Hub Basel in collaboration with FHNW, Innosuisse and the foundation Christoph Merian Stiftung to promote economic processes and zero waste innovations that lead to a far-reaching, ideally even complete reduction of waste and resource consumption at every stage of the supply chain.

The pandemic-related conditions have severely impacted the implementation of the project. We have done our best and create maximum impact with the measures described below.

Programme goals

The aim is to raise awareness of the issue of zero waste and

sustainability and to establish a local network of interested stakeholders.

In the context of an analysis of best practices, it will be determined how a zero waste
operation can be successfully established and operated, which will then be recorded in
an open source guide and made available to other companies. Through education and
sensitization in the form of events, trainings and workshops, additional interested
parties, producers and experts will be connected and the process of sustainability will
be simplified.

ZEWIL Startup Accelerator

The ZEWIL Startup Accelerator aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and build a more sustainable future by enabling startups and businesses to develop their ideas and reach their goals!


We support businesses and startups that deal with the topic of waste and resource
reduction, zero waste, and sustainability in the food industry. Over the course of three months, selected startups and businesses receive assistance with their next steps and processes, expert coaching and mentoring, a workspace, as well as access to our large network of social entrepreneurs, professionals, impact
investors, and partners.

Education and awareness-raising

During the years 2020 to 2023, a large number of events were held to bring the topic of zero waste closer to the population and the food service industry. The events had titles such as Towards a more resilient food system, Food Circuit: Welcome Week der Critical Urbanisms Studies at Café spurlos, food industrie round table, Basler FoodTalk and Sustainability is part of the meal.

Our partners in change

Key programme results


startups successfully accelerated

1 +

facilitated and organized events

1 years

ran a cafe space and implemented second-hand, upcycle, re-use infrastructure

1 +

connections created in the ecosystem

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