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South Melbourne Market Sustainable September


Sustainable September Festival

A month-long festival packed with fun for the kids, learning for adults and ideas to inspire your family to shop and live more sustainably is coming to South Melbourne Market this spring.

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.

Sustainability Circuit (Guided)

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 new innovations like how we’re turning our food waste into garden fertiliser.

Turning Trash to Treasure Exhibition

As part of Sustainable September, the Market will hold an exhibition of art made from products found at the Market that will potentially end up as waste. The aim of the exhibition is put a spotlight on our waste reduction initiatives at the Market, to show how we can find beauty and value in what others discard (to find the treasure in the trash), to promote local artists and the idea of upcycling and refashioning to the Market audience. The idea came from an artist Kim Simon and her The World is your Oyster sculpture (pictured) which she created from 7,000 discarded oyster shells from Aptus Seafood.

The World is Your Oyster, Artist - Kim Simon, Materials 7000 oyster shells and steel armature


School Holiday Kids’ Activities

Kids can enjoy some sustainable fun including:

    • Fairy Petunia – Every Wednesday from 9.30am-11.30am 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.
    • Make Your Own Denim Bag – Get the kids creativity flowing with craft workshops where they will upcycle old denim to make a new bag.
    • Turning Waste Into Art – A fun workshop for the kids where they’ll make art from discarded packaging, inspiring them to think about repurposing and reusing packaging in a creative way.

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

  • 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.
  • Waste Free Kitchen: Every Sunday afternoon from 3pm-4pm, Leftover Lovers will be running free cooking demonstrations on Cecil Street 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.
  • Cooking Without a Recipe – Jessie from Leftover Lovers will show you how to stop wasting food and unleash your creativity by using what’s on hand to create simple yet delicious everyday meals. Jessie will first take you on a tour of the Market, selecting seasonal, affordable produce to build a food box for each participant. You will then head back to the kitchen to cook up two delicious meals, plus sides to accompany them, based on what is in the box: from rich satays, to versatile sauces and complex curries, the possibilities are endless. Jess will also provide plenty of tips and tricks so that you can learn how to adapt these dishes to whatever you have on hand and build the confidence to cook without a recipe.


Sustainable Pop-Ups

Visit SO:ME Space and meet some local, sustainable small businesses who will be popping up through September.

Boomerang Bag Sewing Bees

Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made using recycled materials, Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. By getting involved, you are participating in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability. Pop by and find out more about volunteering, or volunteer for a two hour sewing shift and whip up a few bags before you go shopping.

DIY Soap Making & Skin Care Workshop

If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own soap, The Australian Natural Soap Company’s soap maker, Emma Cook, will guide you through making your own natural soap, as well a moisturiser and scrub. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of natural plant oils for the skin and create your own personal natural, plastic free skin care regime.

This is a hands-on workshop and you will get to take home your finished soap and skincare products.

The Australian Natural Soap Company


Helping your Garden Grow

The Market is creating a more sustainable environment while reducing landfill and greenhouse gas emissions. Two types of nutrient-rich organic fertilisers are now available from the Market, and both are created from our food waste.

Market Magic: Garden fertiliser produced by earthworms fed on Market fruit & vegetable waste. It’ll supercharge your garden.

SoilFood: Garden fertiliser made from dehydrated Market food waste. This is just like blood & bone for your plants.

Come along and meet Kass, our resident garden fertiliser expert, every Wednesday through September, and find out all about these incredible products.

South Melbourne Market - Market Magic vermicompost
Market Magic, organic vermicompost made from Market green waste.


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