January 18, 2017

Disposable Free Initiatives Abound

Disposable Free Mullumbimby is a community Facebook page created by Mullum Cares to foster initiatives that raise awareness of the alternatives available to many of the problematic disposable consumables our western lifestyles have created. In the featured image is the Disposable Free Camping team that worked at the Byron Falls Festival to provide a repair & spare parts service to campers with broken tents and showcased upcycled items created from rescued camping waste from Splendour in the Grass in July 2016.

#bethedemand and seek to purchase goods that are durable or reusable and as a last resort, recyclable.  The camping waste at mainstream music festivals has reached crisis point and our team will provide the festival organsier with a suite of recommendations on what they must do to radically reduce this diabolical recent phenomenon.  Check out the Facebook posts and videos for an idea of what the crew got up to.

Here’s a photo of the amazing Manuela modelling the creative work of Kim Tait that is a dress & parasol upcycled from camping waste the team rescued from Splendour in the Grass 2016 at the end of the ladies Sewing in the Street activities to support the Mullumbimby Plastic Free July efforts!

On the right is the Disposable Free Camping crew from left, Kim wearing an upcycled tent dress, Tiff wearing an upcycled umbrella skirt, Sasha using a discarded tent fly as a sunshade and Glen sporting a fetching upcycled tent skirt:)

A member of the Disposable Free Mullumbimby Facebook community has suggested a fantastic initiative called the “Glass Jar Bar”.  A place where you can drop off excess jars and collect needed ones to support the growing interest in waste free pantries.  What an awesome idea!  Thanks Lisa Kruss:)


Locals to the Northern Rivers of NSW can buy the best home made dips and spice mixes and return the jars for a discount on their next purchase at the Spice Palace stall. Checkout the markets they attend here🙂 and console yourself with an online order if you can’t make it to the northern rivers locations:)

As our op shops are frequently charging a hefty fee for good glass jars now and our bulk food retailers (in NSW at least) are not allowed to offer used jars for use to their customers we need to find a place for this fabulous initiative.  If you have any ideas please contribute to the discussion on the Disposable Free Mullumbimby Fb page, comment on this blog post or email