The Sustainable Living Festival is nearly upon us! And given this is something I only found out about a week or so ago, I’m excited!
The Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) is a month-long Melbourne-based event that showcases many sustainable living workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.
It’s the main event, “The Big Weekend” is held at Federation Square on the 9th – 11th Feb. But all the activities are hosted around the suburbs – from Preston to Prahran, so there is something for everyone!
SLF also practices what it preaches by having a framework that reduces the ecological footprint of an event this large
– Green Power is used across the whole site
– Water use is reduced with measures such as composting toilets and greywater filtration systems in place
– The implementation of the Waste Wise Plan and Waste stations coupled with the drinking water stations reduce plastic waste
– Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or catch Public Transport to and from the festival and its activities
– Event tees are made from 100% cotton in sweatshop-free conditions
– Food vendors are screened to ensure their offering are sustainable as possible and all catering is vegetarian with a focus on local and organic produce
– Wash Against Waste stations reduces plastic cutlery waste with a group of volunteers who collect used plates from the site and return them to food vendors to be reused. This eliminates the need for harmful single-use plastics!
If that all sounds like your perfect festival, read on for my event picks
* WARDROBE CRISIS -Fast Fashion & The Race to Sustainability
Ah, Clare Press, my absolute favorite author, and sustainable living writer. She will be interviewing Michael Spencer, Chair & CEO of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (Asia-Pacific region), Courtney Saunders, Co-founder of values-driven e-store, Well Made Clothes, and Ben Esakoff, Brand Director of Melbourne produced premium denim label, Nobody Denim.
Definitely not one to miss!
* TALKING TRASH
Learn from one of the Zero Waste experts, Tammy Logan of popular zero waste blog – Gippsland Unwrapped – talks all things zero waste. Definalty one to learn from.
Tammy is also opening her home for you to have a wander through. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see how a Zero Waste home “works” while learning the best ways to create your own Zero Waste home.
*ZERO WASTE HOUSEHOLD FIRST STEPS
After you have been inspired by Tammy, you can learn how to take those first steps to a Zero Waste household without overwhelming yourself.
*MAKE ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Why pay for all those expensive organic store bought products when you can easily use whatever you have in your pantry for a fraction of the cost? Easy!
You will learn how to make up two scrubs, a face serum, and a makeup remover all for $20
Session 2 (just incase you can’t make the first one)
*FIX YOUR OP SHOP FINDS
The perfect class for someone who is frustrated at finding that perfect op shop garment… in a size too big!
Learn how to revive your wardrobe with simple hand and machine techniques such as:
– taking/up, letting down and fixing hems on pants and skirts.
– taking side seams or waistbands in and out.
– closing or patching rips and holes
– sewing on buttons and other fasteners so they stay on
*THE GREAT SUMMER CLOTHES SWAP
There is no cheaper way to update your wardrobe than with a clothing swap! Just bring along five quality items (no stains or tears) and swap till yours hears content!
Hannah Gray of The Clothing Cleanse will also be on hand to offer style advice during the swap.
After you are all swapped out, take part in a Decluttering your Wardrobe chat with Tanya Lewis and learn how to Create a Conscious Wardrobe with Hannah Gray.
There are also some interactive workshops such as learning how to mend your broken jewellery and turn an old tee into a reusable carry bag.
What a perfect day!
Can’t make it to this one? Try this one
Well, that’s it!
Hopefully, I have sparked your interest in Sustainable living. If you see me around, say Hello