Think sustainable, live sustainably

Border residents toss away more than 10,000 disposable coffee cups a day, which is 10,000 too many according to Wodonga Council's sustainability co-ordinator Robyn Nicholas.

"People think their one coffee cup or disposable drink bottle won't matter but, in actual fact, every disposable container going to landfill matters," she said.

During November, the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival will put the spotlight on sustainability across Albury and Wodonga.

As part of the Two Cities One Community initiative, the month-long celebration will feature inspiration, innovation and conversation around sustainable living.

Some of the festival's 45 programmed events include learning to cook with native ingredients, how to save money on energy bills for household and business, sustainable DIY tips for kids, advice on repairing broken household appliances, benefits of ‘tiny houses’ and tours of the Albury Waste Management Centre.

The Sustainable Living Fair on Thursday, November 8 at QEII Square will be the centrepiece of the festival – presented by Halve Waste, Jacob Toyota and WAW Credit Union.

The fair will be an opportunity for the community to meet the makers, innovators and upcyclers who represent the future of the sustainable economy.

Trinity Anglican College is just one of the festival event partners.

The school will raise awareness of the 10,241 disposable cups used in Albury Wodonga every day with a special art project to make people think about their takeaway coffee.

The artwork will be on display during the fair at QEII Square on November 8. 

"I encourage everyone to get along to the fair and pick up as much new information and tips as they can," Mrs Nicholas said.

Residents are also invited to an information session on how to read energy bills and tips on reducing energy use.

The community energy efficiency information session will be held at the Wodonga Council Chambers – 104 Hovell Street, Wodonga on November 13 from 12pm to 1.30pm.

Bring your energy account with you. No fee.

Mrs Nicholas believes everyone can be involved in living a sustainable life - it just comes down to choices.

It could be through using less disposable items, more careful shopping choices, through to decisions about a new home and sustainable design as well as water and energy usage.