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South Melbourne Market Sustainable September


Sustainable September

Head to the Market between 15 – 30 September for a two-week festival packed with fun for the kids, learning for adults and ideas to inspire your family to shop and live more sustainably.

Sustainable Circuit (Self-Guided)

Enjoy a tour of the Market’s traders who are embracing sustainable practices, from sourcing ethical and sustainable produce to running their business in the most sustainable way. This tour will be available throughout September.

Back of House Sustainability Tours

We’ll take you behind the scenes to see sustainability in action. Come and explore with us as we show you new innovations including turning our food waste into garden fertiliser, milk bottle recycling, water management and food rescue programs. The tour is free, but bookings are essential.

Sustainable September Hub

Wed 19 to Sun 30 September

Head to SO:ME space during Sustainable September and check out some fantastic sustainability initiatives including:

  • Take a walk around SO:ME Space and read all about the fantastic sustainable initiatives the Market has undertaken, including solar panels, harvesting rainwater, diverting waste from landfill, milk bottle recycling, banning the single-use plastic bag, weekly food donations and much, much more!
  • Wormlovers Worm Farm – Join Wormlovers as they share practical knowledge on how to set up and manage a worm farm. They’ll have samples of worm juice and worm castings and a live worm farm on site.
  • Leftover Lovers – Visit Leftover Lovers and check out their amazing visual recipe installation. There will be jars filled with leftover ingredients from the market, showcasing just how easy it is to cook at home using leftovers.
  • The City of Port Phillip stall will be showcasing a number of fantastic council sustainability programs including ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Bring us your milk bottles and we’ll recycle them. Simply wash the bottle and lid with cold water and bring them to SO:ME space from 19-30 September. We’ll bale them up using our Mil-Tek Machine and send them off to be transformed into other commodities.

Sustainable Pop-Ups

Wed 5 to Sun 16 September

During the first half of September, our pop-up stalls will include brands that have a focus on sustainability. Think Fair Trade fashion and accessories, pre-loved clothing and items made from upcycled and natural materials.

School Holiday Kids’ Activities

Kids can enjoy some sustainable fun including:

  • Fairy Petunia – Every Wednesday morning throughout September Fairy Petunia will be educating the little ones about sustainability through story time and games. Free, just come along to the Food Hall and join in.
  • Kids Can Cook Class -Did you know that almost 50% of Victoria’s vegetables are grown within 100 km of Melbourne? In our special Sustainable September cooking classes, kids will learn about how and where fruit and vegetables are grown by making delicious recipes using local ingredients. Learning has never tasted so good!
  • Wormlovers Worm Farm – Join Wormlovers as they share practical knowledge on how to set up and manage a worm farm. They’ll have samples of worm juice and worm castings and a live worm farm on site.

Adults can also enjoy some fun sustainability workshops or cooking classes:

  • Composting Made Easy: Come along to this free session and discover an inexpensive, rewarding and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food waste. You might even get your hands dirty!
  • Harness Solar Power: Come along and meet the experts from the solar panel industry and City of Port Phillip, who will provide information on solar panel options to suit your needs. This is an opportunity to find out more about whether solar panels are a good solution for your home.
  • Waste Free Kitchen: On Wed 19 Sep from 12pm to 1pm Leftover Lovers will be running a free cooking demonstrations in the Centre Aisle (behind Fruits on Coventry) showing you how to make delicious meals from the slightly wilted spinach and other leftovers. Food waste is a huge issue in today’s society, and they’re trying to change your habits one step at a time.
  • Bees wax Wrap Making: Stop using plastics and clingwraps, and make your own bees wax  food wraps. Keep your food fresh and reduce waste at the same time.
  • Live Picklery & Market Stock Kitchen: On Fri 21 & 28 Sep all day Leftover Lovers will be setting up a live picklery in the Centre Aisle (behind Fruits on Coventry) where they will preserve, pickle, infuse and ferment Market produce that would otherwise be thrown away. Drop by learn how to transform food waste into delicious treats and pick up a free jar of preserves or pickles to take home with you.
  • Fermenting Workshop: In this interactive talk and workshop, Jessie from Leftover Lovers will teach participants the essentials of pickling, jams, vinegar making, and Japanese pickle beds. From carrot tops to garlic skins, this class will help you to re-imagine the potential that unwanted food holds.



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