Yesterday I visited the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta in (you guessed it) Hulbert Street, Fremantle.
The Fiesta began in 2008 by residents Shani and Tim after they held a successful Solar Power Day at the newly opened Painted Fish in 2007 (sustainable, carbon neutral bed and breakfast accomodation at #37 Hulbert Street). They realised people were eager to check out a ‘real’ operational sustainable house for themselves and since then the festivals have only gotten bigger and better.
The idea behind the Fiesta was:
1) Celebrate Sustainable Living in Hulbert Street and to
2) Inspire others to take on sustainable actions
The two open homes (the Painted Fish accomodation, and Tim and Shani’s own home) were labelled with relevant information as to how each part of the homes had been made sustainable.
Shani and Tim also started the Living Smart courses that teach and mentor people to live sustainably. Their passion for inspiring people was evident by the fact that they were so open and happy for people to walk around their own home. Their new business venture ecoburbia is underway, though not live yet. Keep checking this space!
There were many stalls along the street selling or promoting different sustainable things. From solar power to recycled fashion to food stalls and community farms. It was amazing how creative people are with recycling old into new. Everybody was so friendly and open to chat.
Some of my favourite stalls are above and below.
I think the best part was the attitude and inspiration that Hulbert Street has to offer. There was such a great sense of community and everyone was so open and happy to help out. Even down to the fact that none of the stalls selling drinks used disposable plastic cups – they all used plastic cups from their own homes which they re-washed and used again (trusting that the public would bring them back!).
If you missed out this year, then make a mental note to attend next year. It’s definitely an inspiring street!