Bairnsdale Women Against Waste Event

Our next event is Sunday 21 October 2018

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Video: From our last event in April 2018


A women's clothes swap + so much more

A biannual event for the women of East Gippsland to come together to swap, donate, mend, recycle, learn and laugh together as we save money, keep things out of landfill, divert quality items to community organisations and curate our clothing collections. 

The Women Against Waste event is a clothes swap unlike any other you've been to, where swapping is just the beginning. 

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Swap

Bring your quality women's unwanted clothes & accessories to share with the others in your community, and pick up some items for yourself too. It's a great way to save money, save the environment and help each other out. You'll be able to ask our in-house stylist about clothing selections on the day. You'll update and curate your wardrobe collection without spending a cent! BONUS you can also bring children's clothes and toys to swap too!

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Donate

Discover what other types of unwanted household items you can bring on the day to donate to local community groups. Read below for all specific details on what you can bring including books, fabric, women's personal hygiene items, animal supplies, bras plus clothing & toys for kids. Hint: it's not everything, so please check carefully below!

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Mend

Have clothing in your wardrobe you're not wearing simply because it needs to be mended or have a hem taken up; but you don't know how or have your own machine? Bring it along for help with simple mending, or better still, learn how to do it yourself! We have a small team of wonder women ready to help and teach you on the day.

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Recycle

Collect your used household batteries and old mobile phones + accessories and bring them in to be recycled. Let's keep it out of landfill and reclaim the precious materials they're hiding inside. 

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Buy

Choose from a select range of items from Foundry and Boomerang Bags which are designed to help you live an environmentally sustainable and waste free life. Think bees wax wraps, produce bags and fabric shopping bags. Bring cash to make it easier.

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Learn

Ever wondered what you can and can't recycle, or wanted to know more about soft plastic recycling? Or are you curious about cool things being done with waste products? Chat with other ladies about reducing waste and re-using waste items.


All the specific details you need to know

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De-clutter your home 

You can free yourself from your secret guilt! It's O.K. -  we all get purchases wrong sometimes. By releasing quality items you're not using, you let them find a new home whilst freeing up space in yours. Isn't it time you curated your wardrobe & home to better reflect who you are and how you live? It's a gift to you, others and the environment. 

Follow my quick tutorials on how to de-clutter your wardrobe before you start.

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Talk with a Stylist

Not sure what works on your body? What your shape is, what colours you should wear or how to put outfits and accessories together? Our on-site Stylist Jane Bailey-Ryan will be available to give you the professional guidance you need to confidently pick the right items to take home with you. 

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Donate Items for Animals

Animal Aid would love your unwanted baby and small blankets for cats, plus new and lightly used toys, collars & leads, scratching posts. Please no doonas or pillows. Donations of cat and dog food also greatly accepted. 

Can you recycle it?

Ever wanted more info about what household waste can and can't be recycled? Make sure you speak with Michelle Kearns of East Gippsland Shire Council who can answer all your questions about our local waste management facilities during this event.  

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Soft Plastic Up/Re-cycling

See what the clever artisans at Foundry are doing to upcycle soft plastic, and learn about why soft plastics are so bad for the environment. Jessee John and Jill Hermans will lead a community soft plastic crochet sit-in during the event and share their skills and knowledge around soft plastic recycling. 

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Swap & Donate your women's clothes & accessories

It's time to curate and cull out the clothes you always promised yourself you would wear, but really don't. Bring the things that are languishing in the back, that you forgot about and that aren't quite right, and give them a chance at finding a new home. You can bring clothes, shoes, belts, bags, scarves; with new special categories of maternity and active wear! If your item is a suit, jacket or dress, please bring it on a hanger. We are looking for your best quality, cleanest items please. Limit of a large garbage bag (equivalent size) per person please.

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Donate Fabric

Have more fabric and sewing supplies (or even old sheets) than you could ever hope to use? Donate them to our local Boomerang Bags organisation, run by Gaia Guardians Environment Trust, who are combatting single use plastic bags with fabric reusable ones. They would love your donation of fabric, scissors, zips, thread and other sewing equipment suitable for bag making.

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Donate Books

How many books do you have on the shelf that you will never read again? If they're in great condition, donate them to the Friends of Paynesville Library Inc. and they will be sold to raise money for charitable organisations and major items for the Library, at their regular Second Hand Book sale. 

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Recycle Phones & Accessories 

What should you do with your old mobile phones and accessories? Recycled them, through Mobile Muster. Bring your old phones, mobile batteries, chargers and accessories & mobile wireless broadband devices and we will get them off  for recycling

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Donate other household stuff?

No thanks. If you can't see it listed here on this page, please don't bring it as a donation to this event. Also, this is not a drop and run event; this is about community, communication, learning and sharing. If you have some items to donate but don't wish to stay and participate in the event, or if you're a male who would like to make a donation or forward items for recycling, please contact your charity/community group or recycling organisation of choice to arrange a direct donation. 

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Swap & Donate Children's Items

We know that kids often outgrow their clothes and toys long before they wear them out. If you have very clean and quality items looking for a new home, bring them along to swap with other parents on the day. Any left overs will be shared around various local community organisations. Limit of half a large garbage bag (equivalent size) per person please.

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Donate Bras

Have an excess of new or used bras? Bring them along to donate to the Uplift Bra Project. Donate: Size 8-16, A-DD cup, size 18+, A-DD cup, nursing bras, E cup plus, ANY size, mastectomy bras and breast forms (prostheses), swimwear, any size, underpants (new). 

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Donate Sanitry Items 

Imagine living on the streets or having limited financial resources, and having your period. Help give women the support and dignity they deserve by donating women’s hygiene items to the Gippsland Period Project. They're collecting unused regular and super pads, regular and super tampons, liners, feminine/baby wipes, small packets of lollies (not chocolate in summer), unopened small hand sanitiser gels, small disposable bags, and other personal hygiene items. 

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Recycle Batteries

Household batteries should never be placed into your standard waste or recycling waste bins for roadside collection. because they're made up of heavy metals and other toxic elements. Recycling claims these non-renewables back and keeps them from contaminating the land and ground water. Drop off your AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non- rechargeable) at our Recycling Station.

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Dressing for Jobs Op Shop

All the left over women's clothes and accessories will go to Bairnsdale's newest Job Seeker support initiative, the Dressing for Jobs Op Shop in McLeod Street, run by Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre. Job seekers across all ages and industries will be able to benefit by accessing quality work appropriate apparel. Any items not appropriate for sale at the Dressing for Jobs Opshop will be passed along to the Salvos Bairnsdale. 


About the organisers

  Tania Goranitis   A Professional Organiser & Interior Stylist,  Tania passionately educates women about mindful living through curation of the  home for ease and beauty on a budget. 

Tania Goranitis

A Professional Organiser & Interior Stylist,  Tania passionately educates women about mindful living through curation of the  home for ease and beauty on a budget. 

  Vee McShane   A powerhouse advocate for  healthy living in East Gippsland, Vee motivates men and women to be  their best through smart exercise and healthy eating.  

Vee McShane

A powerhouse advocate for  healthy living in East Gippsland, Vee motivates men and women to be  their best through smart exercise and healthy eating.  

  Jo Woodward   A Primary School Teacher, Jo is dedicated to teaching others about reducing and recycling waste,  and loves connecting unwanted quality items to new homes.

Jo Woodward

A Primary School Teacher, Jo is dedicated to teaching others about reducing and recycling waste,  and loves connecting unwanted quality items to new homes.

  Ingrid Jennings    Ingrid's commitment to community sees her volunteering her time, knowledge and skills to many great local causes. 

Ingrid Jennings

Ingrid's commitment to community sees her volunteering her time, knowledge and skills to many great local causes.