The annual Sustainable Living Festival is on this weekend, Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, from 10 am to 4 pm at Princes Wharf 1, Hobart Waterfront. The Festival organisers have packed a full program over the two days, including musical performances, kids’ activities, art and cooking. There will also be presentations and discussions on sustainability issues, such as localisation, sustainable food and living simply, and over 80 businesses will be displaying their sustainable products and services, including ENJO with its chemical free cleaning products.
Link to the Sustainable Living Festival website to download a program. Entry over the weekend is by gold coin donation.
Besides hearing from the sustainability experts, the Sustainable Living Festival is a great opportunity for people to purchase environmentally sustainable products – whether for Christmas presents or for home improvement projects. There are also great prizes to be won in the Festival raffle, including a Flow Hive worth over $1000, a weekend stay, a Pennicott Wilderness Tour, a gift voucher from Chandlers Nursery, High Tea for two at Hadleys and more. People can also go in the draw to win a fully installed Solar Hot Water system valued close to $6800 by tracking their ecological footprint using an online form and bringing it along to the weekend event.
The Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is a sponsor of the Sustainable Living Festival. The EPA is Tasmania’s independent environmental regulator, with statutory responsibility to regulate major activities that have the potential to impact significantly on environmental quality. The EPA’s vision is for a Tasmania that has clean air, water and land, acceptable noise levels and for the sustainable use of resources. Currently the EPA aims to promote sustainability by sponsoring the Sustainable Living Festival, the EPA Sustainability Award and showcasing businesses demonstrating ‘Sustainability in Practice’ on the EPA website.
The EPA is using its sponsorship of the Festival to also promote awareness of the Sustainability Award. Both are aimed at promoting the EPA’s vision for Tasmania and to encourage all sectors of industry, business and community to pursue best practice sustainability. Sustainability is one category in the larger Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards run by Awards Australia. The Sustainability Award recognises projects or initiatives that have resulted in reduced waste and more efficient use of resources. The three 2015 finalists for 2015 are Cubed Espresso Bar, Environex and Veolia, and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner on Fri 27th November.