Zero Waste Festival 2023

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Zero Waste Festival 2023

More than an event, the Zero Waste Festival is a catalyst for community connection. Join us with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and network to foster connections that extend beyond the festival’s boundaries. This festival will showcase the very best in zero waste practices, products, and ideas that are revolutionising our approach to sustainable living.

Bring along your quality, unwanted clothes for a Clothes Swap, and the Repair Café will be on hand to fix your broken items. The Mending Circle will teach you how to ‘Stitch it, Don’t Ditch it’ and activities such as DIY celebration cards and stitching indoor footballs will inspire the kids to get creative with recycled and reused materials.

Step into a world of enlightenment through engaging workshops, enlightening talks, and interactive displays that unravel the mysteries of waste reduction.

10:00am Can we recycle our way out of it?
11:30am Confronting the Fashion Waste Crisis
12:30pm Reducing waste as a climate action
2:00pm Fixing a forked food system
3:00 pm Community Innovation in the Circular Economy
4:00 pm The Endangered Generation – film screening, followed by a Q&A


Clothes Swap: Bring along up to 5 items of your top quality unwanted clothes shoes, clothes or accessories in great condition to add to the swap collection pool. Then go shopping and refresh your wardrobe.

10am – 12pm Drop in your clothes
12:30pm – 2:30pm Clothes swap opens for ‘shopping’

Please note: only items which are of good quality with a long potential lifespan will be accepted. No underwear, swimwear or pyjamas.

Repair café: Have something that needs repair? Don’t throw it out! From small electricals, children’s toys, bikes and more. Come along to have skilled volunteers repair your items!

Mending Circle – ‘Stitch it, Don’t Ditch it’: Come along to our mending circle and learn how easy mending is to do yourself. Menders will be there repairing their items to show you how to make simple repairs. Bring anything that needs a stitch such as clothing, textiles or toys and learn how to mend them.

Recycled Football Workshop: Join the kids and have fun making an indoor, soft football with recycled fabrics. Teach the little ones the basics of stitching on their own soft football to kick around at home!

DIY Celebration Card: Get the kids involved in a DIY Card for Dad for Father’s Day. Why not reuse bits and bobs to make a crazy card for dad!

Recycling Centre: Many items are recyclable, as long as they are collected and processed separately. Recycle your hard-to-recycle items with our dedicated Recycling Centre!

The Endangered Generation? Screening: Find inspiration by following the story of different individuals committed to reconnect with communities and our environment.

Food: To keep the festival Zero Waste we encourage you to support us by bringing along your refillable water bottles, reusable coffee cups, and containers and cutlery for food. Food vendors will serve their offerings on reusable plates helping us avoid single-use waste.

Entry to the Festival is free, and any donations received will support Zero Waste Victoria’s efforts to amplify the community voice and connect people, inspiring and empowering them to achieve their zero waste goals.

The Zero Waste Festival 2023 is organised by Zero Waste Victoria in collaboration with event partner Fed Square. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.