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Zero Waste Festival 2022

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Get inspired and empowered to live a more waste-free life
Zero Waste Victoria's annual Zero Waste Festival is on again this September. This year it is at Federation Square and bigger than ever, with a packed program of waste-reducing inspiration and workshops from leading waste and sustainability experts, as well as everyday people doing amazing things.

Happening during Sustainable September, this free festival (unless you're paying to participate in a clothes swap) hopes to provide attendees with tips and tricks to help them live a more waste-free life that's good for the planet and our collective future.



A range of topics, ideas and solutions for reducing waste will be explored in a series of live panel discussions, talks and activities on the day.

There will also be zero-waste displays, markets, and food trucks to keep visitors entertained all day. Green My Plate will be there providing and washing reusable crockery, cups, and cutlery to ensure all the food trucks on site don't create any single-use waste.

A free, family-friendly event, the Zero Waste Festival 2022 will be taking place on Saturday 17 September 2022 from 10am until 6pm at Federation Squares Atrium and The Edge.

The program includes live panel discussions, a clothing swap, and a mending circle. A Repair Cafe will also be set up on-site for the day to mend and fix broken items brought along. There will also be a waste wise show for children, Trash Puppets workshops, and a film screening of "Going Circular", which will be followed by a question and answer session.



Live Panel Discussions

How everyday people became legendary waste warriors: The difference that small community actions can make
The secret life of food waste: Fight climate change by preventing food waste
The sharing economy: The rise of collaborative consumption
Low waste living: household innovation to reduce waste
Sustainable fashion is it possible?: Redressing the future of fashion

Mrs. Ticklebottom and the Plastic Problem

This educational and amusing children's play about plastic, litter, our wildlife and waterways, and the ocean and a mean old Lavender Lady, explains the plastic problem and it aims for the audience to walk away wanting to take action on this important environmental issue.

Trash Puppets

Another great activity for children, Trash Puppets will be holding workshops all day at the festival. Its playful puppetry workshops are a hands-on, technology-free way for children and families to get creative together using recycled and reused materials.

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Mending Circle Stitch It Don't Ditch It

Bring along your clothes needing mending and join the Mending Circle to learn how to 'Stitch it, Don't Ditch it'. Menders will be repairing their own items and will chat about mending with visitors and show how to mend brought items.

Clothes Swaps

There will be both a Kids Clothes Swap and an Adults Clothes Swap held on the day. To participate you'll need to book a ticket here. You will be able to swap up to 10 items of clothing at the swap.

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"Going Circular" Film Screening

New documentary "Going Circular" imagines "a future where humankind not only survives, but flourishes, by rethinking global paradigms and respecting the limits of our planetary resources". The screening will be followed by an in-conversation discussion.

Repair Cafe

St Kilda Repair Cafe will be setting up shop at the festival for the day, fixing brought items for free. Bring to the festival anything you can carry that needs repair and the experienced volunteers will do their best to repair it.

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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 2022 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! The Zero Waste Festivals create no waste policy encourages attendees to be as waste free as possible when attending the festival.
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Why? Get inspired and empowered to reduce your waste
When: Sat 17th Sep 2022, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm AEST
Where: Federation Square
Cost: FREE - $25 AUD (if participating in clothes swap)
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This is brilliant! What a great way to boost your waste-free practices.
by Lee Ellwood (EllWords) (score: 2|204) 78 days ago
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