22 October 12
“Waste is something we do, not something that is.”
So believe the team at Reverse Garbage — the non-profit co-op that collects industrial discards from businesses around Brisbane and sells them in their warehouse depot in Woolloongabba. We visited Reverse Garbage today as part of a homeschooling group that was participating in a Wearable Art workshop.
While visiting Sydney last year, we stopped by Reverse Garbage in Marrickville to buy some materials for our truck. Today was our first time at the independent Brisbane establishment. Although it was formed with the help and cooperation of the Sydney store, it is not affiliated with them.
It took our girls a bit longer to decide what they wanted to make. We spent some time looking at the exhibits and talking about the materials on offer. Aisha’s initial reluctance stemmed from her judging the craft materials as not “proper” ones. This pronouncement has revealed to me how little I use salvaged materials in the things I make. Now that we’re recycling properly in the bus, I do need to start upcycling more.
Reverse Garbage pack cardboard barrels full of materials suitable for a range of craft activities and will post these anywhere in Australia. With themes such as Robots & Spaceships, Treasure Boxes, Junk Jewellery, Wonderful Weaving and more, these collections make and interesting and inexpensive alternative to mainstream art and craft supplies.
Also on the premises, the Reverse Emporium boutique stocks upcycled art, jewellery, clothing and homewares made from salvaged materials. From November 24, they will be showcasing a Festive Collection where the best of local designers exhibit and sell up cycled goods for Christmas gifts.
With an ever-changing collection of materials, and new (old) stock arriving almost every day, Reverse Garbage is an interesting place to visit and a great place to pick up materials for projects. Our girls had a terrific time at the workshop — these workshops run all the time for those who are interested in joining in — and it’s a wonderful way to introduce children to more environmentally-sustainable resources for their imagination!