Zero Waste Festival 2023

Zero Waste Festival 2023


Posted 2023-08-27 by Vicky Rae Ellmorefollow
2 September 2023 | 10 am-7 pm | Federation Square

Get empowered to become part of the zero waste revolution

Promising to “captivate minds, inspire change, and ignite a collective movement towards a world with less waste”, this year’s reiteration of Zero Waste Victoria's annual Zero Waste Festival will once again bring together eco-conscious individuals and exciting zero-waste solutions.

Taking place on 2 September 2023 from 10 am to 7 pm at Federation Square, which is partnering with Zero Waste Victoria to bring us this year’s event, attendees will gain insights into the environmental impact of waste and discover actionable steps to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle.

The event, which is free to attend, is a call to action and will see a diverse community of eco-conscious individuals, innovative businesses, passionate activists, government agencies and academics gathering to learn from and inspire each other to help create a world with less waste.

The program of this family-friendly, hope-filled event includes a clothes swap, a repair café, panel discussions, and a film screening, in addition to over 30 information and market stalls in Fed Squares’ Atrium, which will showcase innovative sustainability products and solutions.

The aim is for attendees to leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a toolbox of practical solutions to integrate into their daily lives, with the view that “by taking small, intentional steps towards zero waste living, each individual contributes to a monumental global change”.

Panel discussions

Thought-provoking panel discussions will take place throughout the day. The panel discussion topics include:
• Can we recycle our way out of it?
• Confronting the fashion waste crisis
• Reducing waste as a climate action
• Fixing a forked food system
• Community innovation in the circular economy

The lineup of exciting and engaging speakers includes:
• Alice Zaslavsky, author and host of Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio,
• Dr Deborah Lau, lead of CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission,
• Bill Verhagen from Precious Plastics Melbourne,
• Tish King from the Australian Communities Foundation,
• Dr Kate Luckins of The Clothing Exchange / Sustainable Lifestyle,
• Anna Matilda, The Urban Nanna,
• Tamara DiMattina of The New Joneses / Buy Nothing New Month, and
• Kirsty Bishop-Fox, Zero Waste Victoria’s co-founder, president and sustainability changemaker.

Clothes Swap

There will be a clothes swap on the day. This works by each person taking part in bringing some good quality clothes and/or accessories that they no longer wear or need and adding them to the swap collection pool. Then, they can ‘shop’ the swap collection pool, taking home others’ pre-loved clothing in exchange for theirs.

More details about the clothes swap here .

Repair Café

A repair café will also be popping up at the Zero Waste Festival. Take along broken items and get them repaired for free by the skilled volunteers fixing items then and there on-site. Examples of items that can be taken to be repaired are small electricals, children’s toys, and bikes.

Make sure you book your spot for the repair café when you reserve your ticket!

Mending Circle

If it’s clothing or other material items that need mending or alteration, join the mending circle, where you can sit with others doing the same and get your mending done, as well as get tips and advice on the best way to get it done.

Make sure you book your spot in the mending circle when you reserve your ticket.

The Endangered Generation documentary screening

In addition, at the end of the day, there will be a film screening of The Endangered Generation, a documentary revealing a neglected side of human nature, and the potential of the diversity and deep connections that already exist in our world, hidden just beyond our view.

Kids activities

There will be zero waste activities for children. They can use reclaimed materials to make DIY celebration cards from reclaimed materials (which can be used for Father’s Day or another upcoming celebration) or can make an indoor, soft football with recycled fabrics at the football workshop.

There will also be recycling stations at the festival for everyone to bring along all those hard-to-recycle items that aren’t accepted in roadside collections and get them recycled rather than sending them to landfills.

Zero Waste Festival will take place over the Atrium and The Edge at Fed Square on Saturday, 2nd September 2023 from 10 am to 7 pm.

Speaking on the festival, Zero Waste Victoria President, Kirsty Bishop-Fox says, "By embracing sustainability and celebrating progress, the Zero Waste Festival reminds us that every small eco-friendly choice we make ripples into a future of cleaner, greener possibilities."

Check out all the speakers and presenters and the full program here and all the activities going on here .

Grab a ticket for the Zero Waste Festival 2023 here . Entry to the Festival is free. Any donations will "support Zero Waste Victoria's endeavours to amplify the community voice and connect people, inspiring and enabling them to reach their zero waste goals".

And don't forget your refillable water bottle and reusable coffee cup, container and cutlery on the day! Attendees are encouraged to bring these along, but for those that don’t the festival will be kept zero waste by Wash Against Waste volunteers, who will be on hand to wash reusables used by food trucks and drink vendors.

Spend a day finding easy eco solutions you can get behind to help reduce resource use and get inspired to make changes towards a less wasteful world.


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