‘Junk’ to be ReConsidered with New Shop by Reverse Garbage

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Always developing and researching new ways to increase the reuse of materials and decrease the amount of valuable resources heading to landfill, Reverse Garbage is set to launch a new reuse social enterprise – ‘ReConsidered’ – an exciting shopfront space located in the heart of Redfern.

“ReConsidered seeks to inspire others to literally reconsider the notion of what is ‘waste’ and ‘garbage’ and to see value and function in materials which have been thrown to the wayside,” said Reverse Garbage CEO Narelle Mantle. “The new shop space will feature a range of unique interior décor and furnishings, sustainable art works and a range of other… curiosities.”

Some of these rare finds have also been lovingly restored or upcycled by Reverse Garbage’s ReStore and ReCreate Team – a creative collective of staff artists, educators and designers committed to the organisation’s mission to practice reuse and work exclusively with only reuse materials.

In addition, ReConsidered will devote a space in its shop for a monthly exhibit of artworks and art installations made by local Artists to promote their work and the use of reuse materials to create art.

ReConsidered will open its doors on Thursday 10 April at 167 Regent Street, Redfern. Hours of operation are Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

To find out more follow the ReConsidered facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ReConsideredRG

ReConsidered Launch

ReConsidered will officially open its doors 11am, Thursday 10 April 2014. An official launch celebration will take place from 6pm to 9pm with special guests, entertainment and canapés. All welcome!

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For media enquiries and interviews please contact Mark Bond, Reverse Garbage Marketing Manager on 02 9569 3132.

Reverse Garbage afloat at the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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Reverse Garbage celebrated the 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in the ‘thick of things’, marching along in our Reverse Garbage float made entirely of reuse materials.

The theme for Reverse Garbage’s Mardi Gras float was “Love the Planet. Love Each Other”  – an important message for all of us and how we treat the planet we live on, as well as celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQI community.

Reverse Garbage also supported Mardi Gras by offering a 20% discount on materials for all floats entered into the parade.

If you participated, we welcome donations of leftover/unwanted float materials as donations to encourage reuse!

For photos, please view our gallery on Facebook:

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April School Holiday Workshops at Reverse Garbage!

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Don’t lose your marbles these April School Holidays!

If you’re looking for fun, engaging and creative activities for the kids for the April School Holidays – search no more! – the education team at Reverse Garbage will be running two hands-on workshops: RRREUSE ROBOTS and MARBLE RUN!

Reverse Garbage workshops are an opportunity to put the principles of sustainability – and specifically reuse - into practice through fun and creative projects.

All of our workshops aim to teach about waste reduction through the reuse of materials and waste minimisation construction techniques (the majority of our workshops are tape and glue free!).

Participants are given an opportunity to develop important problem solving skills in visual art and design and are encouraged to learn co-operatively through sharing their skills and discoveries with each other.

Reverse Garbage workshops teach valuable skills and techniques that are just as important as choosing reuse materials for a sustainable future.

Who? Children aged 4 to 15 years. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost? $10 per child (+ online booking fee) – children will receive a $10 Reverse Garbage gift voucher to spend in-store and continue their creativity at home.

Places are limited, so book today!

RRREUSE ROBOTS

When: 10:30am to 12pm, Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Make: Beeeeep! Make your very own robot whose limbs and dials you can move, made from reuse materials! Roam the planet with your new robot mate, spreading the message of reducing and reusing.

Develop: Design and construction problem solving skills with reuse materials.

MARBLE RUN!

When: 10:30am to 12pm, Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Make: Round and round, sliding doooown! Make a marvelous marble run out of reuse materials you would find in your recycling bin. Watch your marble wind and fall – see who’s marble run is fastest of all!

Develop: An understanding of kinetics and gravity. Work on construction and problem solving skills with re-used materials.

BOOK ONLINE AT EVENT BRITE >

Merry Christmas and RG Trading Hours!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you to all our customers, volunteers, donors, suppliers, collaborators and friends for your continue support throughout 2013. We look forward to a fabulous year with you in 2014.

Christmas & New Year Trading

We will be closed on Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December) and New Years Day (1st January).

Again we wish everyone a merry and safe holiday period!

The Team at Reverse Garbage.

November Nonsense SALE – now on!

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Such amazing savings on reuse materials you’ll think this sale is nonsense!

Kicking off at the same time as National Recycling Week (11 November 2013), Reverse Garbage have put together some fantastic discounts and deals to promote and encourage reuse! Take advantage of some fantastic bargains and save on your budget with the following deals*:

  • Books – 50% off ($1 each!)
  • Fill a milk crate with items from our brick-a-brack room – $5
  • Plastic & cardboard barrels – Buy 2 get 1 FREE
  • Cargo Blankets – $30 each
  • Carpet – All you can carry for $10
  • Outdoor chairs – $1 to $3
  • City of Sydney Banners – $3 each, 3 for $8, 5 for $10
  • Furniture – Prices dropped, or make us an offer
  • Mannequin limbs/parts – 50% off ($2 up!)
  • CDs, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes – 50% off (50 cents up!)
  • Pianos – A crazy $80
  • Items in our ‘Secret Garden’ area – 50% off
  • Shop fittings & Plinths – 50% off
  • Stationery – Fill a milk crate for $1
  • Wood section (includes wooden flats and walls) – fill a ute or trailer for $100
  • Fill a bag of fabrics from our Bag Area for $1-2!

PLUS MORE!

Sale stars 11 November to 25 November 2013. 10% of proceeds from sales on White Ribbon Day will be donated to White Ribbon Australia to stop domestic violence – www.whiteribbonday.org.au

*Some exceptions for items may apply. Please see staff for assistance.

Reverse Your e-Waste at Reverse Garbage!

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Continuing its mission to divert valuable resources from landfill, Reverse Garbage, Australia’s largest creative reuse organisation, is collaborating with Reverse e-Waste* to provide a FREE e-waste drop off collection service at Reverse Garbage Marrickville.

According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics website (www.abs.gov.au), Australia is one of the largest users of electronic media, with e-Waste one of the fastest growing types of waste.

“More and more we are seeing e-Waste litter our streets,” said Reverse Garbage CEO Narelle Mantle. “We are proud to work with ‘Reverse e-Waste’ to offer our community the ability to safely dispose of their e-Waste. Items collected through our e-Waste drop off point will be available for creative reuse, or alternatively recycled by Reverse e-Waste.”

“Members of the community are welcome to drop off e-Waste items such as old PCs and laptops, mobile phones, VCR/DVD players, batteries, old television sets and much more. For a full listing of what we accept at our Marrickville site, please CLICK HERE.

Launch Event

Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste will host a launch event at Reverse Garbage Marrickville, 12PM Wednesday 9 October 2013. All are welcome to visit the site, bring along any e-Waste items they would like to drop off and enjoy a BBQ lunch.

In addition, Reverse Garbage will showcase its line of handmade reuse furnishings and decorative items made exclusively from reuse. ‘RG ReStore’, the organisation’s name for the service, aims to restore items and upcycle materials found at Reverse Garbage to make quality home/office furnishings and decorative items for the home, office, retail, events and more.

Facts about e-Waste [Source: ABS Website: e-Waste]

  • 17 million televisions and 37 million computers have been sent to landfill (up to 2008).
  • 99% of Australian households have at least one television set, while 55% have a second set.
  • Of the 15.7 million computers that reached their ‘end of life’ in Australia in 2007-08, only 1.5 million were recycled – that’s less the 10%.
  • The cumulative volume of televisions and computers reaching the end of their      useful life is expected to reach 181,000 tonnes or 44 million units by 2027-28.
  • Australians buy more than 4 million computers and 3 million televisions annually.
  • Older televisions that contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) have more than 2 kilograms of lead and account for the largest source of lead in the waste stream. Flat screen televisions contain less lead but more mercury.
  • If 75% of the 1.5 million televisions discarded annually were recycled there would be savings of 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 520 mega litres of water, 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of landfill space.

* Note: Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste (www.reverseewaste.com.au) are two separate entities.

Miss Death’s Adult Reuse Classes

Reverse Garbage’s very own – and very talented – ‘Miss Death’, creator of the almighty stryofoam gorilla who watches over our warehouse, shares with you her fabulous knitting and applique skills in hands-on workshops where participants learn how to weave and knit their very own reuse creations!

Most importantly, participants will help Reverse Garbage utilise and upcycle resources which were otherwise destined for landfill.

The two upcoming workshops are ‘Unbeweavable Applique Cushions’ (make your own cushions with Mexican Day of the Dead skull) and ‘Knit Wits!’ (participants learn how to weave banners and create their own lounge seat).

The Skull Cushion workshop is held the first Tuesday of every month. The Weaved Ottoman workshops are held the first Thursday of every month.

More information below! To book, please contact us on 02 9569 3132 or  info@reversegarbage.org.au

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Spring in to our September/October Holiday Workshops!

REVERSE GARBAGE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

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Looking for engaging, creative, interesting and fun activities these school holidays?

Join the team of Reverse Garbage artists and educators in our series of creative reuse workshops!

Reverse Garbage workshops are an opportunity to put the principles of sustainability – and specifically reuse - into practice through fun and creative projects.

All of our workshops aim to teach about waste reduction through the reuse of materials and waste minimisation construction techniques (the majority of our workshops are tape and glue free!).

Participants are given an opportunity to develop important problem solving skills in visual art and design and are encouraged to learn co-operatively through sharing their skills and discoveries with each other.

Reverse Garbage workshops teach valuable skills and techniques that are just as important as choosing reuse materials for a sustainable future.

WHERE?

Workshops will be held on site at

Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.

WHO?

Workshops are for children aged 4 – 15 years.

Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

COST

Workshops are $10 per child and include a $10 gift voucher to spend in-store, payment must be made when making the booking.

Places are limited, so book today! Bookings can be made by phoning: 9569 3132

We look forward to seeing you soon!

RG Education team

September/October School Holiday Workshops

PUPPET PALS| Friday 27 Sept | 10.30am – 12.00pm

Make: Make your own puppets that jump and pop-up! Learn to make two different puppet styles  from wonderful reused materials. Take them home and create your own puppet show these holidays!

Develop: Visual realisation, an understanding of kinetics and construction, problem solving skills with re-used materials. ___________________________________________________________________________________

SOFT SCULPTURES| Thursday 3 Oct | 10.30am – 12.00pm

Make: Twist, stuff, wrap, tie and bind!  Be inspired by refuse from the textile & fashion industry to make your own kooky soft sculptures. Learn to sculpt 3-D forms out of cloth, ribbon and string without a stitch in sight!

Develop: Design and construction problem solving skills with fabric and soft materials, visual & spatial realisation.

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HELLO SPRING| Friday 4 October | 10.30am – 12.00pm

Make: Welcome the new season by making your own hanging planter pot and a colourful sun catcher to brighten up your room with the spring & summer sunshine.  Learn how to create your own woven hanging basket from a milk bottle & plastic bags!

Develop: Skills in traditional basket weaving and an understanding of light and colour.

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Keys needed for The Ministry of Clouds ‘Momento Mori’ – Sydney Fringe Festival

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The Ministry of Clouds presents Memento Mori for the Sydney Fringe Festival 2013!

A memento mori is an object that reminds us of the inevitability of death, of our human failures, and they are also often tokens of loss.

In the dressing table drawer there is a bag of old keys, sitting there, just in case…in fact the doors those keys belong to closed long ago and they are unlikely to ever be reunited. We are given keys in the spirit of intimacy or responsibility, a gesture that requires trust and belief in us; it is often symbolic of hope, a step towards a future.

But everything must come to an end and thus the key slips into a drawer. As time passes even the portal of origin can be forgotten. Why then is it difficult to throw away a key? It doesn’t feel like the rubbish tip is where it should end up, like throwing away photographs; even when the subject broke your heart. There are too many emotions locked inside the key for it to end up with the flotsam and jetsam of our consumption fueled lifestyles.

The Cultural Attaché to Winged Creatures at the Ministry of Clouds has a solution for us. A glorious way to rebirth and release these lost connections. One mythical creature that features in our emblem, a Winged Lion, will appear in the Festival Garden bar for the duration of the Sydney Fringe Festival and will transform your redundant keys into shimmering wings for him to take flight and carry your memories back to the clouds.

KEY DONATIONS

Please send The Ministry of Keys your memento mori keys, without or without their stories, until September 30th. A key deposit box will be held at the Sydney Fringe Festival offices.

Please label your parcel:

Attention Cultural Attaché to Winged Creatures
The Ministry of Clouds

C/O Sydney Fringe Festival
5 Eliza Street, Newtown NSW 2042.

OR

C/O Madeline Fountain
2/77 Belgrave Street BRONTE NSW 2024.

Thank you for your donations!

IN NUBIBUS GLORIA - to the glory of clouds.

Miss Death’s Adult Reuse Workshops

Reverse Garbage’s very own – and very talented – ‘Miss Death’, creator of the almighty stryofoam gorilla who watches over our warehouse, shares with you her fabulous knitting and applique skills in hands-on workshops where participants learn how to weave and knit their very own reuse creations!

Most importantly, participants will help Reverse Garbage utilise and upcycle resources which were otherwise destined for landfill.

The two upcoming workshops are ‘Unbeweavable Applique Cushions’ (make your own cushions with Mexican Day of the Dead skull) and ‘Knit Wits!’ (participants learn how to weave banners and create their own lounge seat).

More information below! To book, please contact us on 02 9569 3132 or  info@reversegarbage.org.au

 

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