Don't Want It? Swap It!


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and treasure is exactly what you’ll find at Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network’s upcoming Future Homes Program workshop.

Held on Saturday, 28 June from 10.00am and 3.00pm, the ‘Shop Smarter and Swap ‘Til You Drop – How To Reduce, Remake, Reuse and Recycle’ workshop will be held at the Cowes Cultural Centre Hall.

If you have any clothes, jewellery, books, CDs or DVDs that you no longer use or want and are taking up space at your house, this workshop is for you!

Participants are invited to bring up to 10 good quality items from any of these categories along to a ‘Swap Session’, and have the chance to update their own wardrobe or collection without buying new things.

Items can be dropped off between 10.00am and 12.00pm, where each item placed on the swap tables will earn you a token to use to claim another item later in the day between 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

There will also be a short films screened from 10.30am until 2.00pm, and presentations on ‘smarter shopping’ and ‘closing the loop’ by buying recycled items.

Some films featured will be from the ‘The Story of Stuff’ series, which has started a revolution in exposing how we make, use and throw away all the stuff in our lives and what we can do about it.

Local artists will be also displaying some works using recycled materials which will be sure to  inspire a creative spark in all participants.

To help with catering, please RSVP to the workshop by contacting Council’s Land and Catchment Officer, Diana Whittington, on 1300 BCOAST(226 278).

The Future Homes Program is a free program of workshops and tours run by Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network.

The workshops are designed to help you save money, demonstrate real examples of sustainable techniques and increase the resillience of your home against impacts of climate change.

The remaining workshops in this program will include expert speakers, products, techniques and tours of sustainable sites to show real world examples of exceptional homes, gardens, farms and communities.

Information provided will help you to save money by using energy and water efficiently, reduce waste and live sustainably.

Remaining workshops in the series include:

  • Wednesday 23 July, Improving Your Home Energy Efficiency – Saving money and staying warm in winter
  • Saturday 9 August, The Latest In Renewable Energy Technology For Your Home
  • Sunday 14 September , Future Homes Tour For Sustainable Homes Day
  • Wednesday 24 September, Weathering It Together – Handling climate extremes
  • Wednesday 22 October, Water Week – Work out your ability to capture, redirect and re-use water at your home
  • Saturday 15 November, Water Wise Homes And Gardens Tour

To register your interest and stay informed of locations of workshops in the program please contact Ms Whittington on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

More information on the program can also be found at Council’s website at