At The Village Markets, we believe in community. Caring for the community by giving back and also, by working towards a more sustainable future. Our journey to running a sustainable event began when we declared the event plastic-free.
We've already saved 500 tonnes of plastic from being used at our event, by going plastic bag and single use straw free. We've also stopped using single use plastics for the running of our events for parking and signage.
Since founding, The Village Markets has placed a large emphasis on reducing ‘fast-fashion’ by not only supporting locally made items, but by the events monthly Rack Sale. Each month, the event hosts 40 locals who sell preloved clothing, which has garnered a huge following and attracts a crowd early each Sunday morning on the first of the month. The conscious decision to promote recycling fashion as been a part of the business since founding.
Zero Waste Event Goal
Having worked towards being a plastic free event for many years, 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. At our Gold Coast events, we partner with Climate Wave to sort all waste on-site, with all servingware from our food vendors being compostable, this waste is then converted to an organic soil product.
In an effort to reduce waste, The Village Markets has several reusable market items available for purchase at each event and online.