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Sustainable September 2019


Sustainable September

At South Melbourne Market, sustainability is something we are passionate about. We are always striving to reduce our environmental impact and create a sustainable Market for future generations to enjoy.

During September, we’ll be hosting workshops, cooking demonstrations, tours and events for all ages and promoting ideas to inspire our community to shop and live more sustainably.


Leftover Lovers Cooking Show
Join Jessie and Alice as they demonstrate recipes utilising seasonal food and produce, and ‘waste’ collected from the Market whilst teaching principles on reducing waste in the kitchen.

Sustainability Tours
Take a guided tour around South Melbourne Market and find out new ways to shop and live more sustainably. Meet the traders who take sustainability seriously, discover their wares and taste delicious local produce. We’ll also take you behind the scenes to see sustainability in action and innovations like how we’re turning our food waste into garden fertiliser and the modern wonder of worm farms!

Pop Up Bike Repair
Ride your bike to the Market for a FREE bike tune-up from the team at Back2Bikes, pick up a Travelsmart bike map and hear about upcoming bike infrastructure projects and events.

Resident Artist – James Price
During Sustainable September we welcome James Price to the SO:ME Space. James is a local artist who has received a City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Grant to capture the cultural essence of a Market beyond that of being a place to obtain goods and services. He’ll be taking photos at the Market and turning them into art on upcycled materials such as milk cartons and packing boxes. Be sure to stop by and witness art in the making!

Curious about having your own worm farm at home? A well-functioning worm farm can take kilos of food scraps a week and turn it into quality compost! The Market has partnered with Wormlovers and now have our very own hungry bins onsite, home to thousands of worms. We will commence selling Tiger Worms (the work horses of composting worms!) at the Market office, along with Organic Worm Juice and Worm Castings.

Curry Up Now
Everyone’s favourite vegan food truck will be rolling into the Market during September serving up their delicious vegan butter chicken!





  • Tri Colour Federation: Sustainable denim, plus clothing and accessories made from recycled materials for men and women, with a percentage of profits supporting programs to protect the endangered Corroboree Frog.
  • Jennifer’s: Fabulous vintage clothing for women, courtesy of a passionate collector (no social media so please come and see for yourself!).
  • Elementary Skin Care: Handcrafted, small batch natural skin care in recyclable packaging.
  • McIntyre: Australian grown and made Merino knits for men and women.


  • The Market has partnered with Simply Cups, Australia’s first takeaway coffee cup recycling program. READ MORE
  • We’re harnessing the power of the sun, with a new solar panel system installed on the rooftop. READ MORE
  • The Market is now accepting your plastic milk bottles for recycling READ MORE

Click here to read more about the Market’s sustainability initiatives.

We would also love to hear from you. We’re always looking for tips and ideas about how the Market can be more sustainable. Drop in to the Market Office or fill in our online feedback form during September with your ideas, suggestions or tips.

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