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Sustainble Festival Aims to Tread Lightly

The TreadLightly Enviro Fest is on at the Gardens in the June long weekend - and it has been planned with the highest sustainability standards in mind.

The festival aims to raise awareness about how to live a healthy, active, socially and ecologically responsible and sustainable lifestyle.

This messages carries over to entry costs - if you ride a bike to the event or walk, entry is free. If you catch a bus, entry is via a gold coin donation. If you drive a car, the cost is . Children under 16 enter for free.

The festival has been co-organised by the Environment Division and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Section Head of Sustainability Programs in the Environment Division Carinda Rue says the festival will implement best practice onsite waste minimisation, resource recovery and litter management practices.

"The aim is being zero to landfill - for example, organics collection for composting, recycling for other materials," Carinda says.

"We have also advised stall holders and service providers about waste management and resource recovery expectations. There will also be reminders for the general public next to garbage and recycling stations about good recycling practices," she says.

Stall holders and the public will be surveyed on the day about their views on recycling and waste.

"After the event, a waste audit will also be conducted to see how we fared with meeting our resource recovery goals," Carinda says.

Plastic bags are not allowed at the event.

Ben Davidson from the RTBG says the Sustainable Cuisine tent will serve food sourced within a 100 mile (or 160 kilometre) limit of the Gardens.

"This supports our local producers and they will showcase a variety of produce, promoting seasonality," Ben says.

Talks will also be held in the 100 Mile Cafe food tent, on everything from bush tucker and slow food cooking to composting and turning waste into food.

The gates to the festival will open at 10am on Sunday 8 June and the festival will be officially opened later in the morning. It closes at 3pm.

Ben says a range of family activities will also be on offer.

"There will be a workshop where you can make fun flowers from waste, waterwiswe games and information, the Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge Club will be on site and then there is Theatre in a Wheelbarrow - which is where Captain Compost will be performing at different locations across the gardens to spread his stories on sustainability."