National Sustainable Living Festival

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Time Out says

Get out your tote bag and learn about sustainability throughout February

Sustainability might have become a bit of a buzzword lately, but the National Sustainable Living Festival has been flying the flag for decades. The organisation has been around for more than 20 years, encouraging Australians to adopt more eco-conscious lifestyles. 

The 2020 festival runs throughout the entire month of February and will feature sustainability experts from Australia and across the globe.  Expect lots of talks, workshops, films, and art and design events aimed at getting as many people as possible addressing the current climate emergency. 

Queen Victoria Market will host some of Australia’s leading sustainability initiatives and entrepreneurs during the festival, including workshops on how to compost to a group of volunteers offering to repair your broken items.

On Saturday February 15, the festival will feature a zero-waste art installation, where you can watch an artist create an art piece by recycling plastic waste. The installation will demonstrate how to avoid waste and tips for minimising your footprint. 

Monash University’s ‘Recycling Integration Unit’ will also be on site on Wednesday, February 19, for onlookers to see waste being transformed into new objects in an effort to be sustainable with plastic.  

The 'Our Waste: How Did We Get Here" panel discussion on February 27 will feature experts talking about our relationship with consumption and waste, while on February 8 you can join the First Nations Climate Justice walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

The National Sustainable Living Festival runs throughout February and the full program can be viewed on its website. 


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