TEDxAdelaide invites people to open their minds to new ideas and challenge the way we do things. Collaboratively we are change makers, and we need drastic change, including being more mindful of our precious resources. We want to set the example by treading lightly on the earth, to minimise our impact, and to create change in our community.
Our individual efforts do make a difference. We are all consumers. We all make choices and these choices have the capacity to create real and meaningful change. If we choose the products and companies that support a sustainable lifestyle, then we can help to create new norms that will benefit us all.
Re-usable, compostable, and organic alternatives
Large-scale events often result in disposing of hundreds of items which end up in landfill. To minimize our the impact of this event on the environment, we are encouraging all guests to bring their own water bottles and re-usable coffee cups on the day. If anyone forgets to bring their bottles or cups, TEDxAdelaide water bottles and KeepCups will be on sale, supporting sustainability beyond the event and into our community.
Re-usable crockery is always our first choice when it comes to food service, however where this is not an option, we will be providing 100% compostable items instead. Pretty much anything that can’t be cleaned and re-used can go in the green organic bins. This initiative will save around 8,000 pieces of single-use plastic items from being discarded. It also prevents sending food scraps to landfill, which means fewer greenhouse gas emissions and more great compost for our gardens!
OzHarvest is supporting us yet again in our quest for zero waste. You will find the fantastic crew in yellow by the colour coded bins to help you select the right one to dispose of your refuse.
TEDxAdelaide 2017 and beyond
This year we are working harder than ever to make TEDxAdelaide an environmentally benign event
Motivated by the principle that ‘waste’ is just a misplaced resource, you might notice the (near) absence of our red-lidded general waste bins. That’s because we really don’t need them! With the vast majority of refuse generated on-site being either compostable or recyclable, we have replaced our full-size general waste bins with teeny tiny miniature versions. This reminds us of the value inherent in the materials we use, and how we can best repurpose, recycle, or dispose of them. Our OzHarvest volunteers will be the guardians of these little guys, along with our compost and recycling bins, so ask them if you think you have something that needs to go in one!
Also, we have teamed up with the creative geniuses from Recreate in Mt Pleasant to create an art project made entirely from up-cycled materials. It has been a great educational experience for all of our volunteers involved to see just what can be done with other people’s trash.
The lowdown on OzHarvest
OzHarvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms. OzHarvest was founded in November 2004 by Ronni Kahn, who was named Australia’s Local Hero of the Year in 2010. In 2005, Kahn, together with pro-bono lawyers, lobbied the state governments to amend legislation to allow potential food donors to donate surplus food to charitable organisations. OzHarvest will help TEDxAdelaide by rescuing the events left over food, therefore saving it from landfill and instead delivering it to those who need it most.
- Every week OzHarvest saves over 100 tonnes of food from going to landfill and delivers it to more than 1,000 charitable agencies.
- OzHarvest has delivered over 74 million meals to those in need since it’s inception. That’s 25,000 tonnes of food saved.
- For every $1 donated, OzHarvest is able to deliver two meals for those in need.
- 35% of the average household bin is food waste.
- Food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
- Eight–ten billion dollars’ worth of food is wasted in Australia every year
- Four million tons of food waste is sent to landfill every year—enough to fill 8,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Eliminating hunger and food waste through the redistribution of quality surplus food underpins everything we do. Our framework for food rescue now operates from eight cities and through regional communities across Australia, enabling OzHarvest to save millions of kilos of good food from landfill.
Education about healthy eating, nutrition, preventing food waste and sustainability is central to our purpose, along with protecting and improving the environment through our actions. Our education programs are designed to increase community connectedness, improve self-worth and confidence and deliver the important food waste and sustainability message.
Community engagement is the heartbeat of OzHarvest and continues to grow every day through our devoted team of like-minded partners and our ever growing ‘yellow army’ of volunteers. There’s no better way to experience how we nourish our country than rolling up your sleeves and getting involved.
OzHarvest is constantly looking for new ways and innovative solutions to combat food waste and hunger and use technology to mobilise everyday Australians to take meaningful action. We are proud of the unique for-impact, OzHarvest food rescue model which is being introduced to other countries across the globe.