I don’t live in the City of Casey but it’s a neighbouring council and I have a soft spot for the Waste Education and Sustainability teams because they’re great people who are really trying to make a difference. I’ve been part of several of their community and staff events, including the Green Living Festival which is coming up again soon, so I encourage you to go along for a fun, entertaining and informative day out, there’s no entry cost.

The Green Living Festival has actually evolved from a “Cloth Nappy Expo” to having a broader focus with elements for all members of the family. The idea is to raise the profile of sustainable living alternatives and provide people with the opportunity to “touch and feel” a range of products that will result in less waste generation, less energy and water use etc., with the majority being available through local suppliers. It’s hoped that this will encourage more residents to make some changes for better environmental outcomes.

The Sikh community will serve delicious curries for a gold coin donation and a coffee van will be operating on the day selling organic coffee – BYO reusable cup! And don’t forget a reusable drink bottle and shopping bag.

Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Location: Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Highlights

Highlights include information on Council waste services including their compost rebate and cloth nappy and reusable sanitary products rebate -how great is it that (available for residents)! As well as:

  • Pure honey and bee related products including Beeswax Wraps
  • Water tanks
  • Green Funerals
  • Lifestyle products and plastic alternatives
  • Green Cleaning including Roving Refills (bring containers to refill your bulk green cleaning products)
  • Healthy food options
  • Health and well being
  • Babies and kids products, including different brands of cloth nappies
  • Upcycling
  • Home and garden
  • Environmental groups and services
Bubbles not balloons.

Free activities

  • Bike n’ Blend – make your own pedal-powered smoothie
  • Reptile encounters – up-close wildlife experiences 
  • Face painting – recycling themed
  • Recycling truck – jump in the driver’s seat to have your photo taken
  • Interactive water catchment model and water bug activity 
  • Roving bubble entertainer (supporting the “Bubbles not Balloons” campaign)
  • Roving entertainment by “The Connies” sharing swap cards on local birdlife and waste reduction actions

Talks and workshops

Free talks available throughout the day:

10.30am – 11.00am: Home composting
11.15am – 11.45am: Reduce your waste
12.00pm – 12.30pm: Having a wildlife-friendly garden
12.45pm – 1.15pm: SECCCA: Energy efficiency in the home
1.30pm – 2.00pm: Making beeswax wrap

It is preferred that you book for these sessions via the Casey website but is ok to turn up on the day.

Stallholders

Health and wellbeing

Big Blue Cosmetica
All-natural and vegan skincare products made from locally sourced organic ingredients.

Eco Love by Jan
Plant-based cleaning, personal care, kids and baby, skincare and essential oils. Australian made and designed for sensitive skin.

Jessica Paynter
Private practice Nutritional Medicine Practitioner – free health screening and on the spot zinc and magnesium status. Jessica advocates for healthy living, diet and lifestyle recommendations, meal planning and edible gardening.

Cleaning

Roving Refills Frankston
Household detergent refills – bring your own containers!

Under Your Sink
DIY Truly Green Cleaning Solutions – by way of natural ingredients, starter kits, re-usable practical amber glassware. All packaging is plastic free and we promote removing toxins and reducing waste.

Reducing your waste

Aliki
Upcycled reusable produce bags, reusable bread bags and shopping bags.

Here & There Makers
Products that replace single-use plastics, upcycled fabric items, Fairtrade, products by women’s businesses both local and OS, consumable items that are all refillable.

Holevida
Bamboo toothbrushes, produce bags, sandwich bags and food pockets, reusable coffee cups and natural deodorants.

B-Alternative Pty Ltd
Eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical, reusable options to single-use items. We also provide resource recovery and environmental education services.

Future Uses
Reusable food storage, bamboo toothbrushes and other eco-friendly items.

Retub
Premium reusable takeaway food containers that have a built-in container exchange program.

BYO Containers
To reduce single-use plastic waste by popularising the practice of bring your own containers.

Ovations Sales
Tupperware.

Crafts by the Kellys
Reusable snack bags, reusable face wipes, produce bags, reusable bowl glad wrap, tote bags, cord keepers, zooper dooper holders and bowl/plate cosies.

Food

Thermomix: MummaMix
Demonstrating the waste reduction benefits of the Thermomix TM6. Also reusable produce bags and other Thermomix accessories.

Good Food Emporium
Organic produce, whole foods, vegan and GF options, vegan café and eco-friendly/sustainable products.

The Source Bulk Foods Berwick
We have an extensive range of wholefoods, conventional foods, cooking liquids, personal and home cleaning products available for customers to buy from our bulk bins. Customers can bring their own containers to buy exactly what they need, package-free, at our store.

Greensoul Organics
Organic produce, other organic pantry and fridge items, environmentally friendly products, food to cater to other dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegan, etc. 

Bees

Holly’s Backyard Bees
Beeswax food wraps, beeswax candles and lip balms.

Southside Beekeepers Club Inc
We are an education-based community group teaching people how to look after bees. We offer talks to schools and other community groups about the importance of bees to the environment and food chain. Our range covers from Port Melbourne to Portsea to Pakenham.

Babies and kids

Ecotree Baby Boutique
Cloth nappies, Re-Play (recycled plastic food-grade containers), Jack and Jill kids tooth care, zero waste home options and organic skincare.

ReUseMe
Reusable cloth products – beeswax wraps, nappies, wet bags, breastfeeding pads, sanitary pads and make-up remover pads.

Blossom Bums 
Cloth nappies, swim nappies, wet bags, metal pegs, cloth wipes and cloth breast pads.

Upcycling

Chiara Jewellery
Chiara is a Melbourne based artisan who transforms leftover coffee capsules into wearable works of art.  Her jewellery is all about colour, fun and style.

Conscious Choice Culture 
Handmade recycled bags. 

Mac planters
Macrame plant hangers.

Home and garden

ASC water tanks
Water tanks and pumps.

Graphenstone Australia 
Ecological and natural paint solutions.

Compost Community – Chooktopia
Worm farms made in Melbourne from recycled plastic, compost bins.

Envirogroup
Solar power systems, hot water systems and lighting.

Greater South Eastern Permaculture Group (GSEPG)
We are a not-for-profit community group that promotes sustainable living practices by permaculture principles.

Environment

South East Council Climate Change Alliance 
SECCCA provides free advice to the community on sustainable living. Particularly (under the New Homes Energy Advisory Service) advice on building energy-efficient new homes or renovations/retrofits. 

Wild Days Wildlife Shelter
Wildlife rehabilitation shelter – free information and selling fundraising items.

Dolphin Research Institute
Marine education programs.

Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!)
Educates about stormwater issues, litter and pollution.

Funerals

Natural Grace
Holistic funeral directors.

More Information:

City of Casey website

“Green Living in Casey” Facebook page 

This post was sponsored by the City of Casey. In no way have I been guided on what to say; all opinions expressed are my own. For more information on sponsored posts please see my disclosure statement.

2 thoughts

  1. Looks like a big day, thanks Tammy, I’ll have to try to get the family down there for a look. There used to be something similar here in Heyfield but I don’t think they do it anymore. Do you know of any coming up around here, or Sale/Traralgon area?

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    1. Oh yeah, I remember the Heyfield Sustainability Festival now that you mention it. I don’t know if it doesn’t run any more but I certainly haven’t heard anything about it for some time. I’m thinking there was a recently sustainability event at Kernot Hall in Morwell but it may have been only for students. If I come across any other events like this for Gippsland I share them in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GippslandUnwrapped

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