Living Smart Festival promotes sustainable living

Lake Macquarie City Council sustainability engagement coordinator Chris Harle said the aim of the Living Smart Festival this weekend  was “to help Lake Macquarie residents enjoy the economic, environmental and social benefits that a sustainable lifestyle brings”.

FASHION TIPS: Eco stylist and fashion blogger Faye De Lanty will be on hand to offer advice on how to put together a stylish wardrobe on a budget.

FASHION TIPS: Eco stylist and fashion blogger Faye De Lanty will be on hand to offer advice on how to put together a stylish wardrobe on a budget.

Harle said sustainable festivals were increasing in popularity around Australia as community members looked for ways to live more sustainably

“I think people are increasingly seeing the benefits of a circular economy,” Ms Harle said. “One of the big drawcards for the festival this year is residents get two free native plant.

“They get two native plants to plant in their backyards which will also help increase biodiversity around the lake.”

The festival will be held at Speers Point on Saturday and gets started with a free outdoor yoga session presented by Whole Living.

Ms Harle said the festival promised something for everyone and there would be several festival zones for inspiration, including the busking zone, an eco fashion zone, a food and kitchen zone and a backyard zone.

The eco styling zone was expected to be popular as community members learn “how to put fabulous outfits together through second-hand clothes”.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Kids can get up close and personal with some cute and cuddly creatures at the petting zoo.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Kids can get up close and personal with some cute and cuddly creatures at the petting zoo.

Kids can take part in drumming workshops, enjoy a specially designed yoga session, get their hands dirty in the mud kitchen or meet some animals at the petting zoo.

There will be free bus services running from Croudace Bay car park and from Toronto.

www.lakemac.com.au/living-smart-festival

EXPLORING SENSES: The mud kitchen, which offers a fun and tactile experience, is always a big hit with the kids.

EXPLORING SENSES: The mud kitchen, which offers a fun and tactile experience, is always a big hit with the kids.

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