Start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society's throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of reuse – one community, one needle and thread at a time. To teach their ethos, the team at Boomerang Bags are hosting a Gathering at Reverse Garbage in Brisbane. This Gathering is for individuals, existing groups and organisations to connect, collaborate, ask questions and leave feeling inspired to nurture their community with a sense of hope and purpose. The Gathering will feature presentations, shared stories and light refreshments.
Co-founder, Tania Potts said, "We have recently been to Victoria, and hosted two Gatherings with community spotlights, and a further six without, all of which were highly successful in terms of large scale collaboration and providing a platform to share Boomerang Bags' ideology. We're looking forward to continuing this momentum in Brisbane."
Reverse Garbage Qld Marketing Co-ordinator, Kade Hamalainen, added, "We love that Boomerang Bags focuses on community, skill-sharing and re-using materials rather than discarding them. There's a lot of commonalities with our own mission and operations here at Reverse Garbage Queensland."
What is Reverse Garbage? Reverse Garbage Queensland is a not-for-profit, worker-run, co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. It collects high quality materials discarded by industry, diverting them away from landfill and sells them at a low cost to the general public. Established in 1998 to support Friends of the Earth Brisbane, Reverse Garbage Queensland was set up to provide meaningful and ecologically sustainable employment and to be an example of a truly sustainable enterprise. It runs a variety of environmental and waste focused art workshops and educational talks and tours to suit all age groups and a variety of interests. Its mail order service provides regional areas with access to salvaged materials. The Reverse Emporium Gallery and Gift Shop provides local artists, craft workers and designers who salvage, reuse and up-cycle materials an outlet to sell their works and wares. www.reversegarbageqld.com.au
What is Boomerang Bags? Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit organisation raising awareness about plastic pollution through community engagement. Starting in 2013, co-founders Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer recruited the local community to sew bags using recycled fabric, which are given away as an alternative to single-use plastic bags. Boomerang Bags creates a mindset of reuse and fosters sustainable behaviour by mobilising the power of community, and now has over 370 communities worldwide. Collectively, 100,000 boomerang bags have been made by community volunteers, the impacts of which extend beyond plastic bag pollution, into a realm of community connection and kindness.
WHAT – Boomerang Bags Gathering for Brisbane WHEN – Saturday 2 September, 2017 WHERE – Reverse Garbage Queensland, 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba REGISTRATION - For invited members of the Boomerang Bags community.