At The Village Markets, we believe in community. Caring for the community by giving back and also, by working towards a more sustainable future.
Zero Waste Event Goal
Having worked towards becoming a single-use plastic free event since 2008, our next goal is to be a zero-waste event. This entails ensuring the event is completely plastic-free, then diverting all waste from landfill to recycling or composting.
We want to be industry leaders, setting the benchmark for how events are produced. Our five-year plan includes being a zero-waste event.
"Climate Wave Enterprises are grateful to The Village Markets for being the first market on the Gold Coast to take on our zero waste management system. In the first 12 months 119 x 240 Litre household wheelie bins were filled with waste (nearly the equivalent of a standard size backyard swimming pool), 88 bins were diverted from landfill, which gave us a remarkable 74% diversion rate.
It has been an absolute joy working with the TVM team and food stallholders who have been so cooperative at every step of the way which is why this system has been so effective. And thanks to TVM's social media promotion we were invited to install our system at another market and enquiries from others are coming through."
Gregory Howell, CWE.
At our Gold Coast events, we partner with Climate Wave Enterprises to sort all waste on-site, with all serving-ware from our food vendors being compostable, this waste is then donated to Southern Beaches Community Garden in Tugun, following each event and recyclables are donated to Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Branch to protect our beaches.
Read the full CWE report from 2020, here).
Since inception, The Village Markets has placed a large emphasis on reducing ‘fast-fashion’ by not only supporting locally made items, but also introducing our Pre-loved Rack Sale in 2012. Each month, the event hosts up to 40 locals who sell pre-loved designer clothing. The conscious decision to promote recycling fashion has always been a part of the business, vintage stalls included.
Reusable Market Goods
In an effort to reduce waste, The Village Markets has several reusable market items available for purchase at each event and online.