Published on 22 October 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire is excited to invite our community to participate in a range of free and inspiring online workshops and events to learn more about becoming a conscious consumer.
Fix It Festival celebrates the satisfaction of implementing sustainable habits in our everyday lives including repairing broken items, earning money from unused items, growing veggies, composting and recycling right at home.
We’re asking our community to consider the resources going into making the things we own and the environmental impact of throwing them away. Before buying something brand new, check first if you have something similar you can reuse or repair. If the answer is no, can you borrow, swap, rent or purchase the item second-hand?
Everything we do has an impact. Buying an item second hand for example, eliminates excess plastic packaging and minimises the substantial air pollution generated by fuel-guzzling semi-trucks and other vehicles used to ship consumer goods.
Sometimes we have no choice but to buy brand new items. Check if you can find the item you need locally to help support our local businesses.
Being conscious consumers is good for us, our wallets and our planet.
Calendar of events:
Everyday actions to live more sustainably with Tamara DiMattina from The New Joneses
The New Joneses and Buy Nothing New Month come together to demonstrate how you can simply and economically take personal action to reduce your use of the earth’s finite resources.
Wednesday 4 November, 5 – 6pm
How to repair and upcycle common household items with Point Nepean Men’s Shed
Learn how to repair or upcycle common household items. You will get a better understanding of how you can increase the longevity of items around your house and minimise waste.
Tuesday 10 November, 12:30 – 1.30pm
Demystifying recycling: what can you put in your recycling bin?
Join us to find out what you can and can’t recycle here on the Mornington Peninsula. There will be opportunities to ask questions too.
Wednesday 11 November, 5 – 5:45pm
Saturday 28 November, 10.30 – 11.15 am
How to start your own compost or worm farm with Chooktopia
Use your food scraps to start a compost or worm farming system at home. You don’t even need a backyard to compost!
Saturday 14 November, 10am- 11am
Maximise your second-hand online sales
Find out what you need to do to sell your pre-loved items with success, including what platform to use, what’s trending and how to price your items.
Thursday 19 November, 8 – 8.45pm
How to sew, repair and upcycle textiles
Seawinds Boomerang Bags will cover the basics of sewing, including how to fix buttons and holes and demonstrate how you can repair and upcycle old textiles.
Wednesday 25 November, 6 – 7pm
Learn more at mornpen.vic.gov.au/fixitfestival