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Off-Grid Living Festival

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Off-Grid Living Festival

The Off-Grid Living Festival, held on the 6th and 7th of April 2024 in Chiltern, Victoria, was a phenomenal success, drawing over 9000 visitors over the weekend. As Australia’s largest sustainability event, it was a wonderful celebration of off-grid living, sustainability, and self-sufficiency, attracting thousands of people from across the country to North-East Victoria.

This unique festival seamlessly blended education and entertainment, delivering sustainable solutions in an engaging and enjoyable manner. Attendees from all corners of Australia came together to delve into crucial topics in an immersive and interactive environment. The event took place on a sprawling 100-acre site just outside the historic town of Chiltern, offering a picturesque backdrop for the festivities.

The festival featured over 250 unique exhibits, showcasing a wide range of sustainable products and practices. Additionally, there were 60 workshops providing hands-on learning experiences, and seven talk tents where free presentations were held throughout the weekend. These sessions covered a diverse array of subjects related to off-grid living and sustainability, ensuring there was something of interest for everyone.

Families enjoyed a variety of activities designed to be both fun and educational, making the event suitable for all ages. The festival also boasted an array of amazing food options, highlighting local and sustainable cuisine, and live music performances that added to the vibrant atmosphere.

The Off-Grid Living Festival proved to be an eco-friendly event that created a positive impact, demonstrating that sustainability can be both practical and enjoyable. The overwhelming turnout and enthusiastic participation underscored the growing interest in sustainable living practices and the desire to learn more about self-sufficiency.

Overall, the festival was a resounding success, providing a valuable platform for education and community building while celebrating the possibilities of a sustainable future. It was a weekend to remember, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.

Learn more and book for 2025: www.offgridevent.com.au

Sandy Eco Expo

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Sandy Eco Expo

We are excited to be part of the inaugural @Sandy Eco Expo at the Sandybeach Centre at 2 Sims Street,

Sandringham, on Saturday 11 May from 12pm – 4pm.

The expo will include information stands, repair workshops for bicycles, gardening tips and tricks, a garden produce swap area (bring your lemons, herbs, veggies and fruit), a second-hand clothes market, one-day-only collection of specific recyclables (including polystyrene and textiles), screening of The Clean Bin movie, many demonstrations and speakers and more. 

SEE has been organised and will be run by community groups Village Zero SandringhamBayside Climate Crisis Action Group (BCCAG)3191 BeachPatrol, and the Sandybeach Centre joining forces.

You can find out more at https://villagezero.com.au/sandy-eco-expo

Information about Rethink Recycling

Rethink Recycling (RRC) stands at the forefront of a greener future, driven by our passion for sustainability and social responsibility. Together, we endeavour to reshape perceptions about recycling. Making a positive impact on the planet, and nurturing the prosperity of every member of our diverse community. We’re a not-for-profit driving the development of waste plastic remanufacturing and inspiring change through community education.

The education program guides students through the basics of plastic types, uses and life cycles are covered, the waste crisis associated with single-use plastics and how we can solve the associated problems this brings. Participants will learn the story of plastic, the journey of a lid, and be introduced to sustainability and circular economy principles.

Education sessions will also cover the various recycling processes, micro-machines involved and will conclude with a hands-on experience. Through this experience, students get to follow a lid from collection, washing, sorting, shredding and remanufacturing into a new finished functional product.

Come and visit near the gardens to see the machines in action.

Date

11 May 2024

Time

12pm – 4pm

Location

2 Sims Street, Sandringham

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Clean Up Australia Day 2024

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Lids sorting

Join our Clean Up Australia Day 2024 event this February as we combine our Clean Up activities with our monthly Community Day. Not only a chance to sort some plastic lids and have some fun with our injection machine. You have the chance to make a positive impact on the environment by helping us clean up cloase to home, you’ll also have a great time connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for sustainability.

We’ll kick off the day by participating in Clean Up Australia Day activities, then dive into the exciting world of lids. As we come together to tackle this important task, you’ll be amazed at the collective power we have to make a difference.

After a productive morning, we’ll take a well-deserved break and indulge in a delicious BBQ lunch. This will be the perfect opportunity to relax, socialise, and exchange inspiring stories with fellow participants.

During our last Community Day, we achieved remarkable results, sorting over 100kg of plastic lids with the unwavering support of our dedicated volunteers and the innovative Rethink Recycling Team. Together, we are proving that every small action counts and that we can create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of something truly meaningful. Mark your calendars for our Community Day this February, and let’s sort lids, make a positive impact, and have a memorable time together.

Date

17 February 2024

Time

10am to 2pm

Location

RRC Maker Space

Datta Vic Conference

DATTA Vic Conference – Tomorrow’s Innovators

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DATTA Victoria Conference

Join us at the DATTA Victoria Conference 2023 – Tomorrow’s Innovators, where Rethink Recycling will be showcasing our hand-operated machines at the captivating trade exhibition. Come and experience the future of recycling firsthand!

TOMORROW’S INNOVATORS will celebrate the potential of young people to become problem-solvers, innovators and actors for development. And explore how Design & Technologies education can equip them with the skills and confidence to excel in the future.

For move information on the event, visit the DATTA Victoria Conference website here.

Information about Rethink Recycling’s exhibition

Rethink Recycling Co-op (RRC) stands at the forefront of a greener future, driven by their passion for sustainability and social responsibility. Together, they endeavour to reshape perceptions about recycling. Making a positive impact on the planet, and nurturing the prosperity of every member of their diverse community. They’re a not-for-profit driving the development of waste plastic remanufacturing and inspiring change through community education.

The education program guides students through the basics of plastic types, uses and life cycles are covered, the waste crisis associated with single-use plastics and how we can solve the associated problems this brings. Participants will learn the story of plastic, the journey of a lid, and be introduced to sustainability and circular economy principles.

Education sessions will also cover the various recycling processes, micro-machines involved and will conclude with a hands-on experience. Through this experience, students get to follow a lid from collection, washing, sorting, shredding and remanufacturing into a new finished functional product.

Come and visit RRC at their stand to see the machines in action.

Date

01 December 2023

Time

8am – 1pm

Location

Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT)

Lid Recycling in Aged Care Community education

Lid Recycling in Aged Care

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Join our recycling community.

A groundbreaking plastic lid recycling initiative in aged care residence in Melbourne is not only contributing to the betterment of the planet but also enhancing the wellbeing of its elderly residents.

Rethink Recycling has been including forgotten populations of aged care residents into our community since February 2021. Through our lid Sorting Centres, they’re able to participate in tasks that align to their ability level, setting them up for success. They feel as if they are connected once again, have purpose and a sense of fulfillment. The results seen with the sorting has been enheartening, especially when it has involved residents who don’t typically participate in activities, those residents living in autism and memory support units.

Introduced by VMCH physiotherapist, Caitlyn Socwell, “Residents say it makes them feel good knowing they are giving back to a greater cause, leaving them with a renewed sense of purpose and fulfilment. Plastic lids sorting also encourages residents with advanced dementia, who may not otherwise participate in activities, to become involved.”

Caitlyn’s work has been documented by articles in Third Sector and The Senior.

Have a look at our Lid Collection program for more details.