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Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

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Bring your cup and plate. Local sustainability festival Renew Fest will deliver its third waste-free event in a row this year, with support from some passionate young Americans.

Cheyenne Clarke and Teresa Fishman are sustainability students with the School of International Training’s study-abroad program, and will be Renew Fest’s zerowaste ambassadors leading up to the festival.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan said Teresa is fine-tuning the design and implementation of Renew Fest’s Zero Waste protocols for 2018, while Cheyenne will present at the festival on Zero Waste Travel.

She says, ‘Cheyenne is collecting all of her non-recyclable waste in a little bag and will kindly take it back to America with her.

‘Renew Fest’s zero-waste commitment is one of our proudest achievements,’ she said.

‘It really raised some eyebrows when we decided to be a zero-waste event. But we have proved that it is possible, fun and easy and actually not as difficult or deterring as many people imagined.

‘In our experience, it’s also actually been really popular with our patrons. There’s always a happy empowered buzz around the Water Lily Wash Pod.

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‘The focus of Renew Fest is to create a juicy and rejuvenating festival space within which we deeply call to account the much-needed renewal of our ways.

‘Being zero waste is our first mass “getting real” action that we are going full activist on. We’re asking people to join us in this simple yet powerful behavioural change, and demonstrate to the Shire and to the world that a zero-waste festival with a thriving marketplace is totally possible, in an ongoing sustainable way.’

Teresa Fishman says she works with festivals in America, ‘so I’m looking forward to sharing Renew Fest’s experiences with them.’

Cheyenne Clarke added she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her experiences with zero waste and conscious travel.

‘Aussies love to travel, and I think it’s really important that young people in the West take full responsibility for the impact their overseas adventures have. Zero Waste is just one way we can express the responsibility that the planet is calling for right now.

‘And at the end of the day, I want to show that with a bit of mindfulness, it’s just not that hard,’ she said.

Renew Fest takes place at the Mullumbimby Showground May 19–20.

For more information go to www.renewfest.org.au.

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