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30 Jun 2021

Reuse wins: top findings show reuse beats single-use every time

Today, much of institutional and fast casual dining – and virtually all takeout and delivery – happens using disposable food-serviceware. And all those takeout containers, bags, boxes, condiment packets, plastic utensils, cold and hot cups and lids, and napkins add up.

28 May 2021

Speed date a sustainability expert

When: June 19th, 2021, 2pm-5pm (AEST) Where: Online (Zoom link provided upon booking) Sponsored by: Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

18 Mar 2021

World's Biggest Garage Sale (Bite sized)

The World’s Biggest Garage Sale “Bite-Sized” Open Day will pack enough punch to satisfy even the biggest bargain hunters! If you’ve been to our events in the past, please note this isn’t one of them, it’s a delicious bite of evolved capabilities in Australia’s first Circular Economy Precinct.

17 Feb 2021

Our future waste

Around half of the material in Sunshine Coast household general waste bins could be diverted from landfill and recycled. Sunshine Coast Council is therefore looking at how we collect waste from households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and achieve recycling targets outlined in the Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.

17 Feb 2021

An eclectic ‘second-hand house’ in the Sunshine Coast hinterland

Concerned about the disastrous effects a “throwaway society” has on the environment and humanity, they built a “second-hand house”, where all materials and furnishings were recycled, from the biggest of walls to the smallest of light fittings.

14 Jan 2021

Yandina business compost pilot an Australian first

Food Waste Loop, a Yandina Community Gardens (YCG) pilot program, is collecting food waste from local businesses and turning it into compost which is already in high demand.

02 Dec 2020

NightQuarter Workshops

Dont waste money on expensive Christmas presents and decorations. At these workshops you’ll discover ways to save money and have some fun at the same time.

01 Dec 2020

True cost of Christmas

Commit to buying at least one thing second hand this Christmas and make a pledge through the #OneSecond campaign.  Together we can make a real and actionable difference to create new circular and sustainable Christmas traditions.

22 Nov 2020

HAVE YOUR SAY on the future management of our coastal areas

Over the past 18 months Council has been working with the community to develop a long-term Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy to help manage the impacts of coastal hazards like erosion and inundation, to increase the resilience of our region.

06 Nov 2020

RepairLab Workshop series

The NightQuarter RepairLab has a mission to empower the community to participate in the circular economy. The space provides opportunities for the community to meet with skilled local makers, artisans and craftspeople to repair and reuse furniture, clothes, jewellery, bicycles and more.

17 Sep 2020

From trash to treasure – the online marketplace for business waste

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! With ASPIRE, businesses can trade, exchange or sell unwanted waste. Surplus or unwanted goods are matched with businesses seeking them.

12 Aug 2020

SPRUNGG delivers world-class sustainable change accelerator for businesses

SPRUNGG is designed to meet the need for affordable, practical learning and development for businesses, community groups and not-for-profits striving to create more sustainable, resilient business models.

24 Apr 2020

ARISING from Disruption

ARISING from Disruption is a series of interviews with thoughtful, creative and entrepreneurial people stepping up and talking about how they are coping, adapting and thriving despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

25 Mar 2020

At Home in My Neighbourhood #CovidKindness

The threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting lives worldwide, social distancing and self-isolation will be a challenge for many people with feelings of loneliness having a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

15 Oct 2019

An appetite for change: the power of 1 Million Women

Conservationist, activist and founder of 1 Million Women, Natalie Isaacs is proof that a single person can change the world. The former cosmetics manufacturer who started a global movement of women and girls after reducing her own electricity bill shared her story with Sunshine Coast changemakers at the second annual Spring into Sustainability lunch recently.

07 Aug 2019

3 steps to creating better, greener events

Are you new to events or an experienced event manager looking to plan a sustainable event? At Living Smart we share a lot of events for people to attend, so thought we would take the opportunity to share these handy resources for the people who organise them.

15 May 2019

Australian Wearable Art Festival

Runaway Art, part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Horizon Festival, took place this August. Designed to bring together acclaimed fashion designers and wearable art masterpieces, it was also the platform to launch the much larger wearable art festival in May 2019.

30 Nov 2017

The War on Waste Survey Results are in ...

The War on Waste survey has been completed by 36,722 Australians, making it the largest study of its kind on waste in Australia. Some great stats and facts here for your interest (PDF)

30 Nov 2017

National Food Waste Strategy

The Australian Government launched their ambitious strategy in November 2017, have embarked to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030 Here is the report (PDF attached) or for more background info visit the website

08 Nov 2017

Antipasto Tart recipe from 4 Ingredients

Love Your Leftovers with this simple and delicious tart from Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients. It’s the perfect way to make the most of just about any leftovers you have in the fridge; zucchini, feta cheese, corn, asparagus, baby spinach, semi-dried tomatoes.

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