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The award-winning Village Markets (affectionately known as TVM) are taking their boutique offering up north, taking over Windsor State School this Sunday, September 12.

Since launching in 2008, TVM have provided a launching pad for some of the state’s most successful fashion and lifestyle brands, musicians (think Ziggy Alberts and Tones & I) and providores. 

Now, they’re getting ready to bring a slice of the Gold Coast to the state capital this weekend, and on the second Sunday of the month moving forward.

“We have had a lot of demand from small businesses and the communities throughout Brisbane up to the Sunshine Coast, wanting us to bring our unique market event North, so we are thrilled to be launching The Village Markets in Windsor next month,” says TVM cofounder Marissa Bowden. “There’s never been a better time to support local, small businesses and community is at the heart of everything we do at The Village Markets.”

The event supports local small creative businesses and sustainability, hosting up to 120 market stalls in emerging designer fashion, vintage, arts, homewares and lifestyle brands, as well as street food stalls, live music and a highly coveted pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale.

The Village Markets have been pivotal in the growth of the cultural sector on the Gold Coast over the past twelve years and now they have set their sites on becoming a zero waste event, diverting 87% of event waste from landfill in 2020 and 95% in June 2021.

Over the past six years, the award winning event in Burleigh Heads has been working hard to reduce their environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastics from event management practices, introducing reusable market essentials and banning single-use plastics from their events.

Through Climate Wave Enterprises event reporting for The Village Markets at the end of its first year in 2019 their Zero Waste Management system had seen eighty eight two hundred and forty Litre bins diverted from landfill, and in 2020 coming in at 87% waste diversion. 

This is an achievement TVM cofounder’s Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller are extremely proud of.

“As a small business we know that every little bit counts towards a more sustainable future,” says Marissa Bowden. “It’s important we use our platform as an industry leader for good, ensuring that we set the bar for any other events or small businesses to implement change for a better future.”

The event has previously been donating their compost waste to Burleigh Heads State School’s garden, however in 2021 the compost is now being donated to Southern Beaches Community Garden in Tugun and 100% of the recyclable waste goes to the Surfrider Foundations Southern Gold Coast Branch.

As well as banning single use plastics, implementing a zero waste management system and introducing reusable market essentials, the event has been operating a pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale for the past 12 years to encourage recycling and reduce the impact of fast fashion.

www.thevillagemarkets.co 

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