From 5 December 2023 to 1 September 2024
at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

press varnishing :
mardi 5 décembre 2023
de 9h30 à 12h30
RSVP : hermine.peneau(at)

Each year, more than 2 billion tonnes of trash are produced worldwide. With only
15% of that volume processed in 2021, humanity is drowning in waste. Our current
way of planning, producing and consuming is leaving an ineradicable toxic legacy
for future generations. Indeed, many types of rubbish – from electronic waste to
plastic packaging – are poisoning our planet’s land, water and air.

Waste Age – which opens at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie on 5 December – encourages us to think about the mountain of waste produced by our productivity-focused economies and argues for a sharp reduction in its volume. It presents a new generation of designers who are rethinking our relationship with everyday items.
Giving a second life to waste does not rule out aesthetics or innovation – far from it. The exhibition refutes the popular misconception that durable materials and objects must necessarily be tasteless or ugly, and reveals the formerly overlooked value of waste.

The exhibition consists of three parts:
• Peak waste, the scale of the problem
• Precious waste, changing our minds about value
• Post waste, new ways of living