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Be inspired by waste-cutting community changemakers
Zero Waste Victoria's third Zero Waste Festival is heading online, harnessing technology to connect us for interactive workshops, talks, interviews, and 'campfire' chats.

The Zero Waste Festival Online will be held on the first two weekends of June with a diverse lineup of live interviews, panels, workshops and discussions and more. It includes some incredibly inspiring individuals and changemakers, who are empowering our community to rebuild a regenerative future together.

Zero Waste Victoria describes its Zero Waste Festival vision as "to connect a community of changemakers who are inspired, passionate and empowered about a waste-free future" and its mission as to "generate inclusive conversations to inspire zero-waste actions".



The first weekend of the festival, which is taking place on Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June, includes the following events:

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE

Imagine a World Without Waste with Joost Bakker, Matt Stone and Jo Barett
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A hands-on solution to getting local, connected and reducing waste will be presented in the first online talk. Joost Bakker, a discipline crossing creative who has pushed the boundaries of architecture, hospitality, floristry, growing food, design and more, "sees the potential and believes there is no such thing as waste because waste is a failure of the imagination". His mission is to show us how to "imagine a world without waste" with real-life researched solutions.
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Joining him will be head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley,
Matt Stone, and its head pastry chef and senior sous-chef Jo Barett, who have worked at Joost's zero waste restaurants.
Excitingly, they will be announcing a new innovation project they'll be kicking off in Melbourne next month.
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Waste-less Community: Working together in a shift towards zero waste
Hear from local legends who are empowering community in a shift towards less waste. Facilitated by Zero Waste Victoria's president,
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Kirsty Bishop Fox, the panel will include Eli Bramborova from Sharewaste, which connects people who can't recycle their organic waste with other community members who compost, David Paynter from Gold Coast Repair Cafe, Letitia Howlett from Brunswick Tool Library, and Jo Taranto from Good for the Hood, a social enterprise tackling waste and sustainability issues.
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Plastic Solutions: The Story of Plastic film, a panel & workshop on how can we be part of the plastic pollution solution?
After a screening of The Story of Plastic, a film by The Story of Stuff, which takes a look at the plastic pollution crisis and the effect it has on the health of our planet, an expert panel of people
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empowering action and solutions against plastic pollution will discuss the solutions and answers questions in a live Q&A.
Fam Charko, an EcoCentre marine biologist, Heidi Tait from the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Rebecca Prinz-Ruiz from Plastic Free July and the Plastic Free Foundation, and Dale Martin from Plastic Bag Free Victoria will make up the panel.
This will be followed by a workshop on how to use the Australian Marine Debris Initiative data collection app to contribute to the national marine debris/litter database to help stop litter at the source.
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SUNDAY 7TH JUNE

Slow Fashion - Revive, repair and re-imagine your wardrobe

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Aiming to revive and repair your relationship with your wardrobe, this workshop series will reveal the ugly side of fashion, re-introduce you to the forgotten hero pieces in your wardrobe, and arm you with the skills to repair and revitalise pieces that deserve a second chance, saving them from landfill.
You'll hear and learn from Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, Nina Gbor of Eco Styles, Jenna Flood, the Ironic Minimalist, and Tamara Russell, a textile artist and mender.
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The Arts: How can it inspire, move & empower change?
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This panel will explore how the arts inspire, move and empower people to change. Hear from Charlie McGee, a musician from sustainable living inspired band, Formidable Vegetable, Karin Ecker, a filmmaker fighting plastic pollution, Khory Hancock, the environmental scientist with the media persona the Environmental Cowboy, and Carla Scotto and Brenna Quinlan, two illustrators who are using graphics to change the world.

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Young changemakers empowering change in sustainability with a screening of Plastic Alarm
Plastic Alarm, which explores "the power of kids teaching kids with 12-year-old Arlian inspiring kids around the world and empowering
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to be global citizens with solutions to plastic pollution and creating a sustainable future together", will be screened at the beginning of this panel of young changemakers, who will share their journeys and tips for kids passionate about making a difference after the film.
This panel of inspiring young changemakers is being hosted by Lucy Skelton, co-founder of Student Voice Network, and you'll hear from Plastic Free Boy, Arlian Ecker, Sarina Hauser, founder of Planet Angels, which she created at 14, and Romy, vice-president of the Environ Team at Melbourne Girls College, which has gone bin-free.
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So far, the program for the second weekend of the festival, which is taking place on Saturday 13 June and Sunday 14 June, includes the following events:

SATURDAY 13 JUNE

Reuse: Cloth Nappy Workshop - Everything you need to know
Discover the world of modern cloth nappies and everything you need to know to get started with cloth nappies. Elana from Cloth Nappy Workshops Melbourne will show you how to wash them, where to buy them and what to look for, as well as dispel myths about cloth nappies and explain the different styles. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
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SUNDAY 14 JUNE

What Happens Next? How to use Design Thinking to unleash your Zero Waste project
This workshop will cover design thinking, which is human-centred design that provides a framework that enables the development of truly innovative, well-considered initiatives whilst minimising risk, and how it can be used to implement a zero waste project.
The session, which will be facilitated by Amy Wilkinson, founder of My Work Life Design, is for people who are looking to tackle an environmental challenge that resonates with them or who want to run a community project, start a social enterprise, or get the word out about the issues they're passionate about.
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More events are coming! Keep an eye on Zero Waste Victoria's Humanitix organiser page for new ones being added.

This festival provides an incredible opportunity to learn and be inspired to take action towards reducing waste.
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Why? Get inspired and empowered to advance a waste-free future
When: Sat 6 June-Sun 7 June and Sat 13 June-Sun 14 June 2020
Where: Online
Cost: Some free; some $10
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