Zero Waste Festival

The Zero Waste Festival 2019 is on October 26th  at St Kilda Town Hall. Put it in your diary!

This festival is in its second year and our aim is to provide attendees with ideas and skills, guiding strong sustainable habits, inspiring change, sharing practical resources and connecting with the community. This event will feature inspiring presentations, information stalls, music, and workshops showcasing ways to creatively and economically reduce waste, rethink the way we reuse resources, and to empower community focused environmental actions.

The day will kick off with an in conversation discussion on “What is the formula for a Zero Waste city?” The panel will include Lauren and Oberon Carter, authors of “Zero Waste Families; David Holmgren, Co-founder of permaculture, author of a number of books, most recently, RetroSuburbia; The Downshifter Guide to a Resilient Future. With others to be announced soon. There will also be an audience Q&A. There is limited seating available for this presentation, so this is a ticketed event.

clothes swap will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm. If you would like to participate, purchase a clothes swap ticket and bring up to 10 items to swap and refresh your wardrobe. More information in the ticketing section. This event is supported by the Clothing Exchange.

The day will be jam packed with workshops, activities and entertainment including Repair Cafe, plogging, workshops turning waste and preventing waste such as making dishclothes, mosaic art, clothing mending and much more
Full speaker details and program schedule are coming soon…

You can get tickets here 

What’s On

Waste-free living in a post-recycling world – Oberon Carter

Waste is prevalent in almost every facet of modern life. Our culture has normalised kerbside recycling, and governments convey the idea that it is ‘the right thing to do’. However, there is still a lot of waste generated through recycling. Oberon will show how his family avoids kerbside recycling in their home and demonstrate how it can be an enriching way to live at a household level, and for the community.

Oberon is a waste-free advocate, co-founder of Zero Waste Tasmania, and co-author of “A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living.” When he is not working his day job in biodiversity conservation, he is taking action on climate in his own town, via various project and permaculture-based initiatives.  

Growing up waste-free – Audrey Carter

Waste-free living is about so much more than a keep cup. For Audrey and her family, it has been about problem-solving ways to avoid waste in every part of our lives. In this presentation, Audrey will talk about how to avoid waste from clothing, toys, electronics and pets. She will share some of her personal experiences with living waste-free among peers, and talk about how to make waste-free living more fun!

Audrey is a 16 year old waste-free advocate from Hobart, Tasmania. She has been living waste-free with her family for the past four years and is also a passionate artist. 


Do you have a favourite piece of clothing looking the worse for wear or that the moths had a feast on? Come along and learn how to make the clothes you love last. Mending is a great life skill which can  save you money, save your clothes and reduce your impact on the environment! Bring along clothes in need of repair and we will discuss options for creatively mending them. Learn how to express your creativity through visible mending, embroidery and embellishment. Make sure to bring your imagination and enthusiasm!

Who will be teaching? 
Tamara Russell is a Textile Artist specialising in free machine embroidery, hand stitching and
mending based in Melbourne. She has been making her clothes and mending since a teenager.
Loving to personalise her wardrobe with visible mending and embellishment. Tamara enjoys
teaching various forms of mending and embroidery. She also happily accepts commissions to mend
your old favourites. Visit or follow her on Instagram @Karhina03

Bring your broken things!

St Kilda Repair Cafe volunteers will be at Zero Waste to repair anything visitors want to bring along (sewing, jewellery, electronics, electrical, wood and more!). Bring your broken item any time from 10am and St Kilda Repair Cafe will help you out!

2019 Festival Exhibitors 

Kappi is an Australian Eco store providing alternative products to single-use plastics. Started a husband and wife team in 2017, Kappi aims to educate and inspire people to live a less wasteful lifestyle. Some of our products include GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Grocery, Mesh Produce and Bulk Food Bags, Reusable Silicone Ziplock Bags, Reusable Safety Razors, Bamboo Toothbrushes, Reusable Silicone Stretch Lids, Water Bottles, Water Bottles, Reusable Bamboo Cutlery and Reusable Gold Stainless Steel Straws.

Under Your Sink – Experts in Truly Green DIY Cleaning Solutions. We help reduce toxins & reduce waste by providing what you need to make & store your entire range of natural safe cleaning products.

We can help you avoid plastic & the supermarket cleaning isle.


Earth Crusaders are a not-for-profit organisation with a passion for teaching kids how to become sustainable junior citizens. Our program has a two-prong effect — it empowers kids to be the change-makers in our communities through fun and interactive workshops and games whilst the take-home workshop items encourage conversation at home around how adults can be more sustainable.”


Transform Waste was created as a reaction to the ever-increasing demand on Earth’s finite resources and a disposable culture which has led to a global waste crisis. We believe there is a solution to this problem and are advocating for a suit of regulatory and policy changes to influence behaviour and promote investment in infrastructure and technology to facilitate the transition to a circular economy.


The White Pigeon Said. Our goal is to provide honest, tox free and affordable clean products that are biochemist formulated, effective and help consumers minimise their waste. We package our products thoughtfully in reusable glass or biodegradable paperboard tubes providing alternatives to plastic. Going back to basics is important so we also offer workshops to educate consumers on mimising toxin exposure and making their own.


Sea Shepherd Australia is a not for profit marine conservation organisation that operates ships around the world. Crewed almost entirely by dedicated volunteers, they use direct action tactics to protect marine life from illegal activity on the high seas. Our current campaigns focus on on Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, climate change and to minimise single use plastics.


Scribble is a vibrant, eclectic list of illustrated books for children by brilliant writers and artists from around the world, based in Melbourne, Australia. We are publishing a book called Plastic: past, present, and future, which journeys through the life cycle and history of plastics, their invention, their uses and the damage waste is doing to the environment. With beautiful illustrations, this easy to read non-fiction book for primary years is a perfect introductory companion to Australia’s growing campaign against single-use plastics.


Crema Joe is an Australian owned business passionate about helping you get more from your daily cuppa. Our range of environmentally friendly capsules are designed to be reused, giving you the freedom to brew freshly ground coffee beans with your Nespresso®, K-Fee®, Caffitaly® or Dolce Gusto® machine.


Big Blue Cosmetica All natural cosmetics lovingly handmade in Melbourne, Australia. As Aussie as can be (locally sourced where possible). Tested on people not animals! For our health and the health of this big, blue beautiful planet.  Environmentally sustainable in the sourcing of ingredients, in my low-to-zero waste production process, in my packaging choices and packaging refilling scheme.


Holevida is an online store which focuses on environmental sustainability. Our mission is to inspire others, especially families to start their journey to less waste. We believe if we instil good habits in our children from young then we really can change the poor outcomes that environmental scientist are predicting for our future. We encourage you to take small steps to start reducing plastic and single use items in your household and provide reusable and environmentally friendly alternatives.


At Planet Angels we offer a range of eco-friendly product that aim to help people live a more ethical and eco life. Most of our range is designed to replace single use plastics, but we also offer a natural range that are made from bamboo and coconut. Our zero waste initiative at Planet Angels is to make sustainable choices accessible and affordable to everyone. Our mission is to keep costs low so that our product prices can remain low and people can afford to make the switch to reusable alternatives.

We Bar None Have you ever seen a zero waste packaged snack before? We Bar None are the first business in Victoria to use 100% certified home compostable packaging on their range of delicious snacks. With 6 flavours of energy bars and 4 flavours of crackers, there’s something for everyone, bar none!


Dr. Bronner’s All-One! is a family-owned and run business with over 150 years of soapmaking excellence. Committed to honoring the vision of their founder, Dr. E.H. Bronner, the world-renowned B-Corp company makes socially and environmentally responsible personal care products of the highest quality and dedicates profits to various causes and charities worldwide.


Beach Patrol is an organised network of volunteers, community beach cleaning groups each originated under and proudly part of the Beach Patrol Movement in Melbourne. Each group is defined by its suburb. Local residents sign up on the Beach Patrol website to become members of their selected group. Members then pledge one hour of voluntary beach cleaning per month. This cleaning is done either at the discretion of the member or as a part of organised monthly group cleans.


BYO Containers is a grass roots movement of everyday citizens who seek to reduce single use plastic waste by popularising the Zero Waste practice of BYO containers to food vendors. The downturn of the foreign waste export industry at the beginning of 2018 resulted in a recycling crisis across Australia, shining a light on the critical issue of plastic waste and the urgent need to rethink our wasteful habits, including how we purchase our food.

retub premium reusable takeaway containers reduce waste in 3 different ways and with our unique, built-in container exchange program called Reswap, you know your retub is clean when you need it.



StKilda Repair Cafe. To stop stuff ending up in landfill our volunteers will repair just about anything. We are part of the world wide Repair Cafe movement. Volunteer fixers and menders offer their time and skills to help make possible repairs free of charge. People visiting the Repair Cafe bring broken or damaged items from home – toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery… anything that is broken is welcome. This helps reduce waste, save money and resources, and can help reduce CO2 emissions.


Thermomix. The TM6 replaces over 12 appliances in one sleek, compact unit that packs enormous power, versatility and innovation. So you can chop, beat, blend, whip, weigh, mill, knead, mince and more at the touch of a button. We are Melbourne base Zero Waste Thermomix consultants!



Blue and Sunny are committed to creating opportunities for the community to reduce their plastic waste by offering eco friendly products including soap berries, stainless steel pegs and bamboo toothbrushes. We are Melanie and Drew. We would like to welcome you to Blue & Sunny, a business we have created to help ourselves and others just like us to use more natural alternatives in our daily lives.


Sustainable Port Phillip. We are Sustainable Port Phillip. We provide our community with smart solutions for a sustainable future. The Sustainable City Community Action Plan outlines the Actions that Council will take over the next three years to support the community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste. This includes residents, businesses, community services and schools.


ECOglitz(R) ECOglitz® is a vibrant versatile and vegan glitter cream in over 20
colours. Developed by a Material Scientist, we handcraft ECOglitz® with
certified organic Australian plant ingredients and shimmering crystals.
These crystals are safe to use on lips and around eyes, are non-toxic and
environment friendly so ECOglitz® can be used for face, hair and body.
ECOglitz® contains no plastic – even no biodegradable plastic. We package
our glitters thoughtfully in reusable glass jars with tin lids and paper
labels. ECOglitz® is good for your skin and won’t hurt the earth. A
product so natural and pure, it doesn’t even need to biodegrade!

Food Vendors

Sorborium: Sorbet Lab makes artisanal, small-batch, ethical vegan sorbets in a range of fabulous flavours. Our story began with a biomedical research scientist who uses his biochemistry background to create fruit, spice and sugar manipulations in the kitchen as an experimental lab space. The result is a palate refreshing ice-cream alternative. All products are dairy, gluten, soy and preservative free, containing no allergens or fat, making this suitable for practically everyone.


Vegilicious aims to raise awareness about eating for health, sustainability and care for the planet and its inhabitants, by providing alternate choices in food to raise social consciousness, acting as agents of change that touch the broader community. Vegilicious provides wholesome, organic, affordable vegan soul food, priding ourselves in serving super fresh food that is all homemade from scratch. All our produce is ethically sourced, considering locality, seasonality and environmental impact regarding packaging and waste.


Fork Mama is a travelling kitchen serving up amazing super food at festivals and events and is available for private catering. 100% plant based superfood. Mama believes the eating food should be a joyous experience for all involved and as such mama is running a cruety free, 100% plant based kitchen. Mama uses amazing faux meat products, working her magic to create masterpieces that all can enjoy


WithOneBean. Ethical, social, environmental specialty coffee from Timor-Leste. By drinking WithOneBean, you’re helping to…End poverty and hunger, Replant the forests, Boost education and training. WithOneBean is 100% Arabica and is grown as wild coffee, not in plantations. The cherries are picked by hand, then wet-processed and sun-dried right in the communities where they’re grown. Next, the beans are hand-sorted Dili. Roasting happens in Melbourne on our 10kg Has Garanti Roaster.


Wash Against Waste.
Response Ability
The scale of the waste challenge at times appears insurmountable. By focusing on what is possible and moving towards that we shift the single use paradigm one straw, plate and cup at a time.


The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. Our mission is simple: stop deaths from breast cancer. How? By identifying, funding and championing world-class research – research that’s helping us detect tumours earlier , improve treatment outcomes and ultimately – save lives.

Want to be a part of this festival? There are limited exhibitor and information stalls available Applications are open now

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You can see details here from our inaugural Zero Waste Festival in 2018