Find Your ‘Zero Waste’ Tribe In Melbourne

If you’re eco-minded and ready to kick start your zero waste journey, you’ve come to the right blog post.

Creativity 5 min read Dec 11, 2019

Melburnians love being out and about – whether that’s at a local farmer’s market, or doing something creative with friends. And there’s no shortage of options for an eco-friendly good time in Melbourne and its surrounding areas.

So if you’re looking for something different these holidays – or to surprise someone you love with the unforgettable gift of an experience – check out our top 5 zero waste style classes in Victoria.

Christmas Tree Macrame Workshop (Mont Albert)

Ideal for beginners, this workshop by 345 AC will bring out your inner-crafter! Macrame is an art form that produces some seriously beautiful results, and this special Christmas themed session will have you caroling along at the same time.

In this 2 hour class, you’ll make your own Christmas tree shaped macrame design. You might like to keep it at home as your actual Christmas tree, or gift it to someone these holidays. Run by local expert Michelle Martello, you’ll walk away with a new craft AND a cute gift to boot.

Weaving Retreat (East Warburton)

Weaving is a craft with a long history and you can weave just about anything! Join Adrienne Kneebone for a relaxing class outside by the Yarra River and learn three basic weaving techniques.

What makes this class so special, is that during your 5 hours with Adrienne, you’ll get to make your very own basket and a figurine or brush doll. You’ll go home with a few ket techniques but a plethora of ideas and inspiration.

Sourdough Bread Workshop (Brunswick East)

Getting your hands dirty is always a fun way to learn. Our friends over at Bee Sustainable want to help you bake your own bread at home these holidays by understanding the fine art of sourdough.

In this 2.5 hour workshop, Rick from The Life We Want will take you through a traditional process for making and baking your own bread. You’ll get an insight into the equipment, ratios and key ingredients needed to bake the perfect loaf – you’ll even take home your own sourdough starter culture!

Kids School Holiday Terrarium Workshop (Malvern East)

Teaching your kids about zero waste is best done by letting them get hands on! These school holidays, the gang over at Bloomin’ Marvelous are hosting a terrarium workshop for kids aged 7+.

Lead by experienced florist Jemima, young ones will learn some basic floral design and how to care for their very own living, breathing plant.

Ikebana (Hanakubari) with Azumi (South Yarra)

If you’re after some quiet, contemplative time away from the hustle and bustle, this is the class for you. byAzumi will take you through the ancient art of Japanese floral arrangements.

In 2 hours, you’ll learn:

  • How to find and use natural seasonal materials
  • Modern ikebana techniques for arranging flowers and foliage in a vessel using natural seasonal materials, and
  • Basic care and conditioning techniques for making your cut flowers last at home.

Ikebana is a calming practice and one that is great to share with friends as a ‘timeout’ this festive season.

A surprise from our friends at Ivanhoe Community Grocer

The supermarkets are hectic at this time of year. Save yourself the time (and headache) by ordering organic groceries online with Ivanhoe Community Grocer. They deliver across a number of suburbs in Melbourne, and their produce is as fresh as you can get! And they’re going to donate $3 from every purchase made in December to 1% for the Planet!