Festival Program

10.00 am –  Can we recycle our way out of it?

  • Deborah Lau, CSIRO – Ending Plastic Waste, mission leader
  • Bill Verhagen – Plastics Engineer
  • Elisha Nettleton – Sustainable Plastic Solutions
  • Scott Douglas – Green Lab Futures
  • Erin​​​​ Quin – Coordinator Customer Experience and Business Support, South Melbourne Market
  • Kirsty Bishop-Fox – Zero Waste Victoria

11.30 am – Confronting the Fashion Waste Crisis

  • Sarah Knop – Baptist Aid
  • Roxy Uzureau Zhu – Upcycle 4 Better
  • Renee Robins – EMREN the label
  • Joanne Rockwell – Boots for All

12.30 pm – Reducing waste as a climate action

  • Alice Zaslavsky – Author and ABC Radio Melbourne Saturday Breakfast host
  • Tish King – Australian Communities Foundation, First Nations Program Manager.
  • Simone Carson – Second Bite, Co-Founder and Deputy Chair
  • Tamara DiMattina – The New Joneses and Buy Nothing New Month
  • Antony DiMase – founder and practice leader of DiMase Architects

2.00 pm – Fixing a forked food system. With a-peeling, thrifty and delicious solutions


  • Dr. Kate Luckins – Founder of Sustainable Lifestyle and The Clothing Exchange (2004)
  • Anna Matilda – The Urban Nanna, permaculture educator
  • Jade Miles – Sustainable Table, local food advocate and educator
  • Belle Goldman – FoodFilled, Chief Executive Officer
  • Tobie Puttock – Chef, Author and Media Personality

3.00 pm – Community Innovation in the circular economy


  • Candyce Presland – Manager Community Solutions, Sustainability Victoria
  • Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga – RMIT University
  • Vanessa Nitsos Chan – Urban Food Program leader at Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service (DIVRS)
  • Paul Bird – Brainwave Bicycles
  • Jean Darling – Cirque du Soil

4.00 pm – Zero Waste Solutions: Your Containers, Your Rights, Your Planet

  • Kirsty Bishop-Fox – Zero Waste Victoria
  • Bianca Cottle – Bring Your Own Containers

4.30 pm – Film Screening – “The Endangered Generation?” (Followed by Q/A)

  • Dr Rebekah Henry – Monash University, researcher in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine
  • John Bradley – Monash University, Associate Professor in the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre
  • Mahla Bird (AKA Themme Fatale) – Award winning and internationally touring artist, author, creator, presenter, and producer

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