Pako Festa Wrap

Vicki PerrettNews

Although the skies threatened rain all day, it never eventuated and Geelong Sustainability had a very successful day at Pako Festa on 24 February. Our ​war on waste theme was well received by people attending especially the young. Together with our wonderful people-powered ‘chicken float’, 28 volunteers in bright blue GS T-shirts and a variety of costumes, including recyclable bottles, boomerang bags, waste warrior garb and plastic bag tutus, distributed 1000 copies of our Sustainability Directory and carried our big 6Rs banner (Rethink-Refuse-Reduce-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Rot) in the parade. We were also joined by the new Geelong chapter of Cycling Without Age, showing off the two new electric trishaws, which are about to hit the paths around Geelong with aged care residents from MACS.

​We enjoyed collaborating with local businesses and community groups who provided resources or shared our marquee space. Together we demonstrated in a practical way how to rethink and reduce consumption, avoid single use plastic, repair broken items, keep litter out of waterways and recycle correctly.  We showcased how to compost food waste using worms, a Bokashi bin, the Clo’ey biodigester and the ultimate option – backyard chooks!

We wish to acknowledge support from ​BSWWRRGBoomerang Alliance, Caring for our Bays, Closed Loop, the Krugers Chickenfeeder,  local Repair Cafes, Valeries Pantry and  the City of Greater Geelong.

Eight year old Clemy, who volunteered on the GS stall with her sister and dad, was so inspired she went home and transformed her bedroom – complete with key messages and her own recycle box. We all love it, Clemy.