Green Skills Albany are successfully showcasing creative ways to prevent waste going to landfill through a program of Create No Waste Festivals. Four events have been held so far, with two more to come in 2017.
Stallholders are encouraged to sell upcycled or recycled items, display information about the impact of waste or how to reduce household waste, sell durable alternatives to disposables or promote repairing. Stalls are asked to operate without giving out disposable plastic packaging. All kind of upcycled goods, sculpture, plants and beeswax wraps have been sold. There have been workshops for children, t-shirt bag making, talks on worm farming and composting. Music from the Secondhand Band and River Beats brightened up the festivals.
In March 2016, the Create No Waste festival nestled into the larger Sustainable Living Fair & Expo in the Albany Town Square. This larger event meant that our stallholders enjoyed a steady steam of customers and conversation. The Create No Waste area was designated Upcycle Avenue, and we focused on stalls who sell creatively repurposed items, from jewellery to woodwork. Yann Toussaint demonstrated how to make worm tubes for composting food scraps, and the Uthando dollmakers demonstrated dollmaking throughout the day.
Green Skills has two more festivals, a plastic free shopping tour, a compost tour, op shop tour and household waste workshops planned for 2017.
Get in touch with Green Skills Albany on 9842 1334 if you would like to be involved.
This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.