NEXT x NOW Talk: Retail Design For Positive Social Change

October 10, 2022

Photograph: Courtesy the artist and MARS GalleryAtong Atem, ‘Outdoor Living’ 2021. Installation view at Hanover House, Southbank

How can retail design drive positive social change? With more businesses embedding impact into their approach, Ashley Martiniello (HoMie), Jean Darling (Cirque Du Soil), Dewi Cooke (The Social Studio) and David Monaghan (Beulah) will explore how retail spaces of the future will embrace diversity, inclusivity and community in this interactive panel discussion.

Let us just preface this invitation folks, because this space is not just a place hosted for talks – in fact, there’s a bit to digest with Beulah’s waste initiative to describe it in justice as it’s also home to some massive, multiple waste initiatives, all rolled into the due-to-be-demolished Hanover House in Southbank, Melbourne.

But first, what on earth is NEXT x NOW?

NEXT x NOW is part of BETA By STH BNK, a revolutionary testing area (aka Future from Waste Labs) to explore the future of retail space, programming and new business models and is designed to give Melburnians a feel for what can be expected as part of Beulah’s transformative and visionary mini-metropolis, STH BNK By Beulah.

NEXT X NOW is an experiential, unique and immersive talk series that takes some of these revolutionary ideas off the page to look beyond the current way of doing and pave the way forward. Presented by industry leaders in retail, NEXT x NOW will discuss, debate and provide solutions, rewriting retail design codes for a new generation of consumer.

Included in the ticket purchase is beverages and a complimentary Makers House Open Studio Tour, which runs from 5pm-6pm prior to the NEXT X NOW event.

Book here and join us on the 11th November 2022 at 6pm!

Please note: This event was previously meant to be on the 16th of Sept 2022 but was postponed due to the last minute public holiday issued by the Queen’s day of mourning.


Want to join the fight against urban waste? Change the narrative around our food systems?
If you’re a values aligned volunteer, NFP, business or organisation...

Our soft plastics program is available in Oct 2022.

Do something drastic & cut the plastic. Single-use plastic food packaging is a major contributor to the global solid waste problem. Although the food industry is developing strategies to reduce single-use plastic packaging, we need to better understand consumer awareness and attitudes about the issue.

When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. 

This is one of our key priority streams, where by using the same containers, in the same form, over and over again – it eases demand for virgin materials, reduces energy needed to spit out thousands of new plastic bottles or cardboard boxes, and prevents heaps of trash from ending up in landfills or oceans.

They’re bulky, large in size and consumes large amounts of space.

We use paper and cardboard in so much packaging and stacks of it still ends up in landfill, resulting in stacks of methane production, a major greenhouse gas.

When when you recycle cardboard waste and keep it free of oil and contamination, you end up saving ample amounts of water and energy and minimise trees being chopped down to get virgin material.

Cigarette butts are the world’s most littered plastic item, with around 7 billion dropped in Australia every year. In partnership with Fungi Solutions, CigCycle collected cigarette butts will undergo a Myco-Remediation program (mushrooms, FYI) at their Thornbury myco-facility for research and development for new circular materials.