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Zero Waste Festival 2022

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We’re excited to be reconnecting with you in person, to inspire and be part of your zero waste journey.

Join leading waste and sustainability experts along with everyday people doing amazing things, in a series of live panel discussions, talks and activities to explore a range of topics, ideas and solutions for reducing waste in a series of live panel discussions, talks and activities as we explore a range of topics, ideas and solutions for reducing waste.

For more information on speakers, activities, and stallholders, check out the ZERO WASTE FESTIVAL website

Program overview

10:00 am – Festival Opening and Mrs. Ticklebottom and the Plastic Problem
(Children’s waste wise show)

11:00 am - How everyday people became legendary Waste Warriors

12:00 pm - The secret life of food waste

1:00 pm - The sharing economy

2:00 pm - Low waste living

3:00 pm - Sustainable fashion - is it possible?

4:00 pm - Guided Meditation

4.30 pm - Going Circular – film screening

Join us for an exclusive premiere screening followed by an in-conversation discussion

You can find out more details in the program here 


9:00am – 11:00am - Mini Spring Clean the City

Get involved in this Mini Spring Clean the City with community clean up group Beach Patrol to collect litter along the Yarra River.

Join the team as they pick up litter, sort, and document what is found for their app Litter Stopper ( Learn first hand how the data collected during litter clean ups supports advocacy organisations that influence government policy and local initiatives for community education to help reduce litter at the source.

Clothes swap 

Swap or refresh your wardrobe at the Zero Waste Festival Clothing Swap! We have both an adult and kids clothing swap taking place so you can recycle unused clothes, while getting a great new outfit and contributing to the sharing economy.

If you would like to participate, purchase a clothes swap ticket and bring up to 10 items of shoes or clothes to swap and refresh your wardrobe. There will be a sustainable fashion styling presentation at the start of the adults clothes swap by Jewelz Green.

10:00am Drop Off opens 

11:30 am Childrens clothes swap begins

1:00 pm Adults clothes swap

Please Note: clothes can be dropped off anytime until the swap begins. So drop off kids clothes by 11:30am and adult clothes by 1pm

$5 for the Kids Swap and $10 for the Adult Swap for a max of 10 items or book as a family for $20 and 30 items.

ALL DAY - 10 am – 4 pm

Trash Puppets - on a mission to save the world…. one puppet at a time.

Trash Puppets empowers people of all ages to get creative using recycled and reused materials. Our playful puppetry workshops are a hands-on, technology-free way for children and families to get creative together. Get messy with our Trash Puppet Leaders and learn how to make your very own Trash Puppet!

Repair café

Have something that needs repair?  Come along to have the great people from St Kilda Repair Cafe to get your broken things fixed.

 Mending Circle - ‘Stitch it, Don’t Ditch it’

Come along to our mending circle and learn how easy mending is to do yourself. We will have menders repairing their own items who are also happy to discuss mending with you and, if you bring items, to help show how to mend them.  

Fed Square’s hidden secrets tour

10.30am-11.30am & 11:45am-12:45pm | Flinders Street entrance to the Atrium

Go on an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of Fed Square, unearthing hidden locations not normally accessible to the public.

Explore hidden corridors and engineering miracles including the subterranean maze of concrete tunnels known as the labyrinth. You’ll learn about the history and construction of the site and have a rare inside look at the state-of-the-art design and use of green technologies.

Tickets can be booked at: Hidden Secrets Tours

The Zero Waste Festivals create no waste policy encourages attendees to bring along refillable water bottles, reusable coffee cups, and containers and cutlery for food. Food vendors will also offer food on reusable plates washed by Green My Plate, to avoid single-use waste.

Entry to the Festival is free.  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.

The Zero Waste Festival 2022 is brought to you by Zero Waste Victoria and event partner FedSquare

Supporting sponsors are Burwood Brickworks, Stonnington Council Waste Education Team, and Ecyo

BUPA is a proud Major Partner of Fed Square’s Sustainable September.

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