A Brisbane company is turning common garbage into unique environmentally sustainable treasures.
Reverse Garbage Brisbane is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. Reverse Garbage collects high quality industrial discards, diverting them away from landfill and sells them at a low cost to the general public
Reverse Garbage also runs a variety of environment and waste focused art workshops and educational talks and tours to suit every age and group.
Rozina Suliman, one of the directors of Reverse Garbage says the founders originally set up the business to actively show what people could do live more environmental and sustainable lives, while identifying Brisbane’s waste problem.
“We have a truck out three days a week that collects from 300 local businesses. A lot of our suppliers are in industry, so factory off cuts makes up a large portion of our waste collections.
Suliman says Reverse Garbage Brisbane aims to get the public to look at waste in a different way by running a variety of environment and waste focused art workshops, including one this February on how to make macrame plant hangers.
Workshop co-ordinator Nadine Schmoll says Brisbane has seen a renewed appreciation for handmade items and with macrame being hot right now, workshop participants will be able to create their own quirky, unique and sustainable plant hangers.
“Taking part in this workshop will allow participants to create their very own one-of-a-kind piece of art, while also treading lightly on the earth by diverting materials from going to landfill,” Schmoll says.
Mercedes Walter is a workshop facilitator at Reverse Garbage Brisbane and says people who choose to participate in the workshops definitely leave with a different perspective on waste.
“You really need to expect the unexpected,” she says.
Walter says there are a number of different materials that can be used to make the plant hangers.
“One option is to use electrical cables or even unwound string from a hessian bag.
“I hope people will have time in the workshop to make two,” she says.
She says the hanging plants can go inside or outside of the home, but the hessian plant hangers would be best kept out of the weather.