Mullum Cares works with event organisers and local businesses to identify and implement actions that will effectively improve the environmental and social impact of their operation. It also works with the Byron Shire Council and community groups.
A wide variety of work has been undertaken by Mullum Cares since it’s inception in Oct 2015. Some of the businesses/groups it’s worked with: Mullumbimby IGA, Byron Spirit Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Falls Festival Byron Bay, Woolworths Mullumbimby, RenewFest, Splendour in the Grass, Yours & Owls, Byron Shire Council, Ngara Institute, Byron Shire Harmony Day, the Mullum Show, Island Vibe & Island Elements.
Mullum Cares founder, Sasha Mainsbridge, won the 2017 NSW Local Woman of the Year award for her design and implementation of the town wide Plastic Free July campaign that lead to the IGA permanently removing their plastic carry bags and a successful crowdfunding campaign for a filtered drinking and water bottle refill station – that is now installed outside Santos in Burringbar St.
Return & Earn – a game changer for the licensed event sector
The NSW & Qld Container Deposit Schemes have delivered a new income stream to the event sector. The schemes primary purpose is to reduce litter (in NSW by over 40%). This new income stream can now assist event organisers with the significant costs involved in radically reducing their ecological footprint.
Mullum Cares worked with Splendour in 2018 to harness the CDS opportunity and was awarded a Highly Commended certification at the 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainability Awards in the Return and Earn Litter Prevention category as a result.
If you would like to volunteer with Mullum Cares please complete our online vollie registration form here. Where there are funds available our volunteers earn $25 per hour (on top of the normal free festival pass and camping if required) for local Not For Profit organisations.
If you are an artist please join Green Music Australia’s growing community of conscious artists. For more information go to http://www.greenmusic.org.au/
If you are a staff member please look out for simple ways you can immediately improve resource management within your sphere of influence at the event and keep notes on ideas you have for improvement. Please email your ideas to the person you report to and ask if it’s possible for the ideas to be passed on to the primary event organiser.
If you are an event organiser please invite all of your managers to provide you with suggestions for better social and environmental management ideas and ask that they invite input from their staff and ask that they forward all suggestions to you. Addressing your staff’s suggestions will likely provide an immediate efficiency gain but definitely radically reduce the risk of service disruption during all future change operations.
Mullum Cares Library of STUFF project is growing assets to benefit events
Mullum Cares has been informally lending assets to local events to assist them with waste management generally, and waste reduction in particular since 2015. The Library of Stuff was formally opened in April 2019 has ceramic cups, bamboo bowls & plates and metal cutlery to facilitate Waste Free Catering which reduces waste by avoiding the use of single use food and beverage containers. Our Maximum Diversion strategy for events results in minimal waste going to landfill and is only possible with the use of the Library of Stuff’s tandem trailer – we transport all recyclable waste to the tip and the organic waste to Conscious Ground Organics in Myocum to be composted.
For further information about Mullum Cares Sustainable Events please email Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org