In its 19th year, the National Sustainable Living Festival, running from Feb 1-28 is a month-long celebration inspiring sustainable living ideas for everyone. Their extensive program artfully showcases innovation and solutions, including Sustainable and Eco-Fashion which has good representation in 2018.
With their upbeat, optimistic slogan “WE GOT THIS” proclaiming their goal of reversing global warming and featuring a massive program of over 300 events, this year’s festival has got it all.
“It’s all within our reach. We’ve got the knowledge, we’ve got the power
and we have unknown human potential to reverse our impact on the planet.
So join us with millions of people around the world who are transforming
the way we live and protecting our precious planet.” slf.org.au
We’ve searched the full program and hundreds of events to bring you
Your Eco-Fashion Guide to the 19th Annual Sustainable Living Festival 2018
Below are 14 of our favourite “Eco-Fashion” events from the 2018 Sustainable Living Festival Event Guide including:
* HEADLINE EVENT | WARDROBE CRISIS: FAST FASHION AND THE RACE TO SUSTAINABILITY | FEB 10 – 4:30PM | MELBOURNE | FREE EVENT (details below)
* EXHIBITION | RE-IMAGINING TEXTILES | FRI 23 / FEB , 10:00 AM | WED 28 / MAR , 5:00 PM | ALTONA | FREE EVENT
* SUSTAINABLE FASHION WORKSHOPS | LEARN TO MAKE, SEW + REPAIR | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS (see below)
* CLOTHES SWAP EVENTS | PRAHRAN / WERRIBEE | FREE / BY DONATION
* BIG WEEKEND EXHIBITOR MARKET | FEB 9—11 | FED SQUARE + BIRRARUNG MARR | FREE ENTRY
* DIY ORGANIC SKINCARE | WORKSHOP | FEB 5 | MELBOURNE | FROM $10+
* RE-FASHIONING WASTE | CROCHETING PLASTIC BAGS | FEB 26 | MELBOURNE | $19
* TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL | VISIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD | CINEMA NOVA | TICKETS ON SALE
Can’t attend this year’s festival? Here’s something for you!
- Host your own Clothes Swap Party
- How to make “plastic yarn” and Crochet Your Eco-Friendly Bags using Recycled Plastic
- Get SLF Updates on Instagram and Facebook
FAST FASHION AND THE RACE TO SUSTAINABILITY
Can the global fashion industry adopt sustainable practices at a meaningful rate in the wake of our current climate crisis?
Sustainability is a big buzzword in the business of fashion right now. But what does that really mean for a $2.4 trillion global industry that is often deemed to be one of the most wasteful and polluting on the planet?
Interviewing three Australian change-makers, Wardrobe Crisis author Clare Press leads a dynamic panel discussion on circularity, innovation and responsibility in the fashion industry. Bringing together experts in the fields of water stewardship and ethical clothing, the discussion will explore current challenges facing the fashion industry as it shifts towards greater sustainable practices across the entire supply chain.
Panel guests include Michael Spencer, Chair & CEO of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (Asia-Pacific region), Courtney Saunders, Co-founder of values-driven e-store, Well Made Clothes, and Ben Esakoff, Brand Director of Melbourne produced premium denim label, Nobody Denim.
WHEN | SAT 10 / FEB 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
WHERE | THE DOME + BIRRARUNG MARR MELBOURNE
COST | FULL TICKET: FREE
MENDING, UPCYCLING & REDUCING TEXTILE WASTE
3-8. SUSTAINABLE FASHION WORKSHOPS
MENDING, WEAVING, & MAKING WORKSHOPS Join the Loom Room to celebrate the many ways that local people make use of textile waste in their art and craft practice. Participate in workshops: mending, weaving, making fabric twine, rag rugs.
WHEN | WED 21 / FEB 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
WHERE | WILLIAMSTOWN SENIORS CITIZENS HALL, 109 FERGUSON ST, WILLIAMSTOWN
COST | BY DONATION (Book tickets via slf.org.au)
KEEP BROKEN ITEMS OUT OF LANDFILL
Bring along your broken household items to this lively community event, and have volunteers fix them for you! This is a wonderful way to reduce landfill, teach new skills and demonstrate that there is an alternative to the ‘throw away, buy another’ culture.
This repair cafe is a part of the international Repair Cafe organisation.
WHEN | SUN 11 / FEB 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE | PORT PHILLIP ECOCENTRE, 55A BLESSINGTON ST, ST KILDA
COST | FREE
LEARN TO REPAIR BROKEN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Bring along broken household goods and learn to repair them. Electrical repairs are observed for safety reasons but with other types of repairs we encourage people to have a go. Sewing, darning, electrical, mechanical, bicycle. Have a cuppa while you wait or after the repair. Venue is next to Victory Park
WHEN | SUN 25 / FEB 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE | RAY BRADFIELD ROOMS, FREDERICK STREET, CASTLEMAINE
COST | FREE
UPCYCLING IN PRACTICE! Men’s shirts are a fantastic source of fabric and inspiration for creating skirts, dresses and tops. In this workshop we will show you no-sew wrapping techniques and simple sewing hacks to create stylish, zero-waste fashion from the vast quantities of second-hand men’s shirts that can be found in your local op shop!
Come along and be inspired with some fabulous examples of both high-end and easy-to-make women’s clothing created from upcycled men’s shirts.
Bring along a second-hand men’s shirt or three to play with. Sewing equipment will be provided.
WHEN | MON 12 / FEB 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
WHERE | LANEWAY LEARNING CENTRAL, 22-24 BENNETTS LANE, MELBOURNE
COST | FULL TICKET: $16
7 & 8. THE GAYE ABANDON SCHOOL OF SEWING AND UPCYCLING PRESENTS
BASIC HAND AND MACHINE TECHNIQUES FOR REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS.
Revive your wardrobe with simple hand and machine techniques such as:
- taking/up, letting down and fixing hems on pants and skirts.
- taking side seams or waistbands in and out.
- closing or patching rips and holes
- sewing on buttons and other fasteners so they stay on
We will provide: All sewing equipment including sewing machines, threads, an iron, scissors, pins and needles. Bring along: Your own garments for alteration and mending. Your sewing kit if you have one. All proceeds will be donated to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.
WHEN | SAT 3 / FEB 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE | THE GAYE ABANDON SCHOOL OF SEWING AND UPCYCLING, 122 BUCKLEY ST, FOOTSCRAY
COST | FULL TICKET: $30
WHEN | SAT 17 / FEB 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE | THE GAYE ABANDON SCHOOL OF SEWING AND UPCYCLING, 122 BUCKLEY ST, FOOTSCRAY
COST | FULL TICKET: $35.00
ECO-FASHION CLOTHES SWAPS
BOOST YOUR WARDROBE & GIVE YOUR ONCE LOVED CLOTHING A BETTER LIFE – Bring along your quality but neglected clothes and exchange them for swap tokens which can be used to exhibit or purchase new items. It’s simple to get involved. To qualify for swap tokens, items must be gently used or as-new. No faulty or stained clothing – give quality, get quality! Bring five items maximum. Come for the swap, stay for the interactive workshops on sustainable fashion, mending jewellery and making a reusable bag.
- 1.00pm – 1.45pm In a Responsible Fashion, declutter your wardrobe without costing the earth with Tanya Lewis
- 2.00pm – 2.45pm Curating a conscious wardrobe with Hannah Gray
Interactive workshops – Wander around the hands-on activities to learn how to reduce your waste and live more simply.
- 1.00pm – 4.00pm Mend and Make – mend your broken jewellery and make new pieces out of recycled materials
- 1.00pm – 4.00pm T-shirt to Tote – turn an old t-shirt into a reusable carry bag
Zero Waste Victoria will be on hand to share their tips and tricks to reduce your waste and environmental impact through simple lifestyle choices and they’ll have local stylist Hannah Gray of The Clothing Cleanse on hand to offer styling advice during the swap.
For Full Schedule, terms and conditions read more at slf.org.au
WHEN | SAT 17 / FEB 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM WHERE | FUNCTIONS ON CHAPEL, 255A CHAPEL ST, PRAHRAN COST | FREE
Bring your unwanted clothing treasures along to Werribee’s first ever Clothing Swap! No more than 5 quality items per person. This will be a wonderful morning, where you’ll not only get to score some new and fabulous pre-loved threads but there will also be an ethical shopping workshop, a mending expert and a style guru on hand to lead us on a more sustainable fashion future.
You’ll learn plenty of key tips and tricks, and a chance to declutter and upgrade your wardrobe.
WHEN | SAT 10 / FEB 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM WHERE | WYNDHAM CIVIC CENTRE, 45 PRINCES HWY, WERRIBEE COST | FREE
Be inspired and find out how to take action on the big issues of sustainability. Listen to the Festival’s international and local presenters giving you some of the best insights from around the world at the festival’s centrepiece the BIG WEEKEND. Over 100 events to challenge your thinking and inspire your actions.
Get amongst the Festival’s Big Weekend Market and absorb yourself in the world of sustainability. Check out the huge array of products and services on offer to help you tread lightly. Get the latest on sustainable gardening, waste, design, homes, energy and transport, campaigns and much, much more.
- Jane Goodall’s “Roots & Shoots” – Founded in 1992, Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth arm. They focus on engaging with children and youth to create a positive difference for animals, people and the environment. They want children to engage with nature and encourage projects that create a difference within their schools and communities.
- Coco & Max – established in Melbourne 2015, their vision is to create a premium street wear brand that pushes the boundaries aesthetically, utilising sustainable and local manufacturing. They are aware of the carbon footprints left on this planet, so every collection is manufactured in the heart of Melbourne, to support slow fashion and fair local trade. Coco & Max embodies a free-spirited philosophy, creating cutting edge designs, free from mass marketed and fast fashion giants.
- Good Beer Bar – Social enterprise brewery, the Good Beer Company, and sustainably driven Victorian craft brewer, Bright Brewery, come together to serve low impact beers for a good cause. Bright Brewery is a family owned and solar-powered brewery located in North East Victoria, making authentic and full flavoured beers with sustainable practices. They have teamed up with The Good Beer Co to help craft new brews that support local and social causes.
This hands-on workshop will answer the most common questions beginners have (Is it easy? How long does it take? Does it work?…), plus you will have time to ask your own questions.
We’ll make four ‘instant recipes’ – a make-up remover, a face serum and two types of scrubs. These are super easy and you can make them by mixing a few ingredients in your hands, in just a few seconds!
WHEN | MON 5 FEB 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
WHERE | LANEWAY LEARNING, 22-24 BENNETTS LANE, MELBOURNE
COST | FULL TICKET: $20 CONCESSION TICKET: $15 FAN CLUB TICKET: $10 (Book tickets via slf.org.au)
Plastic bags are being banned but what to do with that stash we all have somewhere in the kitchen? All those bags collected throughout the years, hard to throw away because you know they’ll end up in the landfill… why not give them a second life as a shopping bag, basket, coasters or so much more?
Come to this class and learn the basics of crocheting with plastic and soon you’ll be crocheting your own projects.
WHEN | MON 26 / FEB 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM
WHERE | MADAME BRUSSELS, LEVEL 3, 59 BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE
COST | FULL TICKET: $19
2018 is the 7th ANNUAL TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL. Featuring another epic line-up of game-changing documentaries about the forces redefining what it means to be human in an age of environmental crises and exponential innovation, this year’s selection of films shows us the urgency and opportunity for a new world.
Showcasing powerful films about fixing broken foods systems, the revolutionary implications of artificial intelligence, the devastating impacts of plastic consumption on our oceans, the accelerating threats of climate change, and the inevitability of a renewable energy economy, the documentaries in this year’s program remind us that we are living through a defining moment in history. The films, and speakers, in this year’s program show us that no matter how large our challenges, and no matter how overwhelming the pace of change may seem, we can all have a positive impact in shaping our collective future. The future is ours to create.
WHEN | THU 22 / FEB , 7:00 PM FRI 9 / MAR , 10:00 PM
WHERE | CINEMA NOVA, 380 LYGON ST, CARLTON
COST | FULL TICKET: $20.50 CONCESSION TICKET: $16 (Book tickets via slf.org.au)
Full Program Guide: slf.org.au/events
Buy Tickets: See individual events and Book through website at slf.org.au
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