EcoTown

The Sydney Home Show team is excited to present EcoTown, an interactive and educational feature focusing on sustainability and making homes more eco-friendly! Learn how to make more sustainable choices, whether you’re buying new furniture, renovating a kitchen, or building a whole new home!

EcoTown Demonstration Area

Want to learn how you can make every room in your home more sustainable? Then visit the EcoTown demonstration area for live presentations from industry experts.

ECOTOWN AMBASSADOR - WOMBAT

Wombat is a self-confessed sustainability nut who lives on the South Coast of New South Wales. As a kid he spent as much time outdoors in the environment as he could, but it wasn’t until he had kids of his own that he started to wonder if we were doing enough to keep this planet pumping.

So, as any pondering man would, Wombat challenged himself to live a life with as little impact on the earth as possible. He even lived off the grid in a shipping container for 2 years, with no connection to power, water or sewer.

The idea was to show people that it was possible to live like this; and encourage others to do the same. But he soon realised this wasn’t realistic for most people and he needed to find something everyone could do, something that was relatively easy and accessible.

Now, he travels with our Home Shows (among other things), sharing his wealth of knowledge, tips and advice for the everyday household. Wombat is passionate about encouraging others that it is possible to live a life using sustainable; recycled & upcycled materials. His home renovation is currently underway using just these reusable materials.

Wombat is so excited to meet you in EcoTown, to share his own experiences with like-minded people and advise you on some of the best sustainability life-hacks for your own homes.

Highlights From Our 2021 Show

EcoTown Timetable

Up to date as at 09 May 2022, subject to change.

11:30am

Trevor Laycock | Wildkids

Don't be afraid to get a bit Wild! Top Tips to Rewild Your Garden for Kids.

12:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Home Show Grown with Wombat

1:30pm

Graham Hunt | Renew

Sustainable House Day - Get Involved!

2:30pm

Andrew Wilson | Sydney Bee Rescue

What's the Buzz with your Backyard Bees?

3:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Wombat the Binfluencer; How to Recycle Right

4:30pm

Helen Byfield-Fleming | Macarthur Centre for Sustainability

Tips & Troubleshooting your Worm Farm & Compost

11:30am

Trevor Laycock | Wildkids

Don't be afraid to get a bit Wild! Top Tips to Rewild Your Garden for Kids.

12:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Home Show Grown with Wombat

1:30pm

Beatrice | Hemp Gallery

Hemp - The Billion Dollar Crop

2:30pm

Andrew Wilson | Sydney Bee Rescue

Let's Talk Honey

3:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Wombat the Binfluencer; How to Recycle Right

4:30pm

Dick Clarke | Renew

Sustainable House Day - Get Involved!

11:30am

Helen Byfield-Fleming | Macarthur Centre for Sustainability

Tips & Troubleshooting your Worm Farm & Compost

12:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Home Show Grown with Wombat

1:30pm

Beatrice | Hemp Gallery

Hemp - The Billion Dollar Crop

2:30pm

Caitlin McGee | Your Home

Your Home - Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes

3:30pm

Wombat | EcoTown Ambassador

Wombat the Binfluencer; How to Recycle Right

4:30pm

Gus Taylor | Australian Energy Foundation

The Benefits of an All Electric Home

EcoTown Residents

Australian Energy Foundation

The Australian Energy Foundation is leading the way to an equitable zero carbon society. They accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action.

Through their energy expertise, tenacity, and partnerships, they demonstrate the pathways to a zero carbon society,
influence and inspire to build understanding, investment and action and deliver solutions that have a positive impact.
They are practical visionaries; a national for-purpose organisation whose work benefits all Australians.

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Hemp Gallery

At Hemp Gallery Australia we find joy in life's little luxuries. We are working towards a more sustainable and ethical world full of hemp products and a greater understanding of what hemp can do to better our lives. A female-owned and operated business, trading for almost 20 years, our focus has always been on high-quality, luxurious hemp goods. This includes hemp fabrics, bedding, curtains, soft furnishings, buckwheat hull and pillows, raw textiles, foods, skincare and more. Hemp has amazing qualities that lends itself perfectly to the home. It's durable, antibacterial, sustainable, bio-degradable, breathable and has a high UV rating.

Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

The Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL, the Centre) is a not-for-profit, community-driven organisation supported by local Macarthur Councils and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. MCSL is primarily an educational facility and model for sustainable technology. The Centre aims to celebrate Macarthur’s cultural diversity and explore sustainable living options with activities such as tours, festivals, markets, workshops, research, art, food, gardening and music.

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Sydney Bee Rescue

Sydney Bee Rescue is a group of Sydney based beekeepers who are dedicated to bee conservation.
They rescue bee colonies from places where they are at risk and move them into apiaries in State Forests and National Parks where they can live in peace and do their important pollination work.

Wildkids Australia

As an early years educator I am focused on giving the children in my care a greater understanding of their world. By educating children at an early age to be custodians we are giving our planet a chance. What we learn and understand about the impact we have, and the part that we all play in supporting and sustaining our world, means we can leave it in a better state than what we currently find it.

Vegepod

Vegepd is the world's number one contained, self-watering, raised garden bed. For easy and effective garden growing!

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Renew

Renew is a national, not-for-profit member organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Established in 1980, Renew provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for the home to households, government and industry.

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Your Home

The new edition of Your Home - Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes - is out now! Your Home is Australia’s trusted guide to designing and building energy-efficient, sustainable homes that are cheaper to run and comfortable to live in.

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