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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Adopting a waste-free approach to life is on trend in Wanaka.

The town will host a Waste Free Fair on Sunday at The Lake Wanaka Centre to showcase just how far the concept has come and the many ideas people can start putting into practice at home.

Wastebusters, in collaboration with Plastic Free Wanaka, has planned the event to coincide with Plastic Free July.

The event, which is in its second year, would benefit people of all ages, Wastebusters Wanaka project manager Sophie Ward said.

“It’s a way to showcase zero waste products tips and tricks.

“We ran it last year and it was hugely successful.”

About 200 people attended the inaugural event and organisers hope to see just as many, if not more, this time round.

The event will include a display from the toy library and a range of workshops, including one that will show people how to make beeswax wraps.

“There will be the same things [as last year] and lots of new things,” she said.

“Everyone should come – there’s something for everyone.”

Demonstrations will take place throughout the day and products will be available to buy.

A range of businesses has supported the event.

Miss Ward said the aim was to give the public practical solutions to their waste-free lifestyle approach.

“We’re no longer at that point where we need to convince people to live without plastic. They just want to know what to do, and what to do locally.

“People are looking for solutions. They are looking for businesses to reduce their plastic use and they are looking for ways to do it.”

Businesses were coming on board in growing numbers.

“We are seeing it with discounts on bringing your own cup for coffee,” she said, of one example.

“It’s fabulous – it’s just gone ahead.”

The Waste Free Fair will take place from 1pm-4pm.