Circular Economy Futures: Plastic Free July

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River City Labs, Startup Precinct

Level 2 TC Beirne Building, 315 Brunswick St · Fortitude Valley

How to find us

The Precinct is located in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. There are multiple ways to get to here. You can get to us by bus, by train, by foot & of course by car. We don't have onsite parking, the closest carpark is the Chinatown carpark.

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What we'll do

Welcome to our very special Circular Economy Meetup event for July! This month we are celebrating Plastic Free July as a part of Brisbane City Council's community celebrations. We have some amazing speakers presenting this month.

Jacq Driscoll is the Collective Workshop Manager for Biome Eco Stores, she will be giving our audience a 20-minute version of the original Biome Zero-Waste workshops. This presentation will focus on how to reduce landfill waste in your life. Stress less, buy less, save waste and live more!

Dr. Manuela Taboada is a Senior Lecturer at the QUT School of Design. She will be presenting her most recent research project 'ZiP' - an app that tracks your plastic use and waste - which has been developed in collaboration with the QUT Institute of Future Environments Catapult program. 'ZiP' aims to improve everyday habits around single-use plastic consumption and waste by allowing users to track and visualise their plastic use as they would use a calorie counter.

You can read more about these incredible change-makers and action-takers below!


Jacq Driscoll is a passionate advocate for self-sufficiency and DIY living. She is the Collective Workshop Manager and Educator for Biome Eco Stores as well as a trained Plant Based Chef. Jacq has spent the last 10 years working in sustainability education and wildlife conservation (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary) and is incredibly passionate about our planet. Whether it is volunteering for marine conservation groups, travelling Australia in a vehicle that runs of waste vegetable oil or teaching people how to DIY, she truly believes in reducing the collective foot print one person at a time.


Manuela Taboada, PhD, has over 15 years experience in visual communication design, branding, identity and social design. She has worked professionally as a lecturer, designer and researcher in Australia, Brazi, East-Timor and Fiji. Manuela has a PhD from the University of New England (Australia), and degrees in Industrial Design / Visual Communication (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) and in Computer Sciences (Salvador University, Brazil), she is now an academic the School of Design at QUT Creative Industries Faculty. Manuela has contributions in the areas of participatory and collaborative design, place identity, design activism, design thinking and community development. She has traditionally worked in transdisciplinary teams using design as a tool to facilitate the emergence of social identities and change. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental sciences, social sciences and design. Her research focuses in design for social change and resilience, decolonial design, sustainability and complex-emergence theory.


Yas is a passionate advocate for the circular economy. Her work at WBGS focuses on activating circular principles within the community and industry around recycle, reuse and repurpose.

Event Details:

As usual we will have snacks, nibbles and drinks available for guests. All beer served is provided by our good friends and social enterprise The Good Beer Co.

Event night info:
Doors open 5pm
Presentations 6pm - 7:30pm
Networking and mixer 7:30pm-8pm

Proudly presented by World's Biggest Garage Sale, in partnership with River City Labs, The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, & Advance Queensland