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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Decorate a roundtable top while learning some crafty ideas
There is nothing I like better than being able to salvage a worn out item and use part of it again or make it into something useful. So when I heard about "Reverse Garbage Queensland", I was excited about a group of like-minded people getting together to share their ideas and techniques with others.

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"Roundtable Event", Photo courtesy of Reverse Garbage Queensland

Reverse Garbage Queensland Co-op Ltd was founded in 1998 and is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that supports environmental sustainability, re-use and recycle. The organisation collects high quality industrial discards thereby rescuing them from landfill and then reselling the items to the general public at a low cost. There is a list of items which they cannot take and this list can be located on their webpage under Discards-Collection.

I hear so many times these days that we are now a "throw-away society", however things were made to last in days gone by and it seems a waste to simply discard items that can be reused and recycled into something amazing.

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Photo courtesy of Reverse Garbage Queensland

On Saturday 5th March from 10.00 to 11.00 am, Reverse Garbage Queensland is holding a free roundtable discussion at 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba. Participants are invited to bring their creations along for a "show and tell". For the first hour, discussions will centre on practical ideas for consuming less. Not only is this a terrific advantage for our environment but the attendee will also gain ideas for re-using and recycling their old items. Presenters for the roundtable discussion are still being sought.

After the roundtable discussion, morning tea will be provided. Participants may like to stay on and register for a demo. During this demo you will learn how to decorate a table top. There will be a small fee of $5.00 and all participants will be given a $10.00 voucher to purchase their chosen raw materials from the Reverse Garbage Warehouse. Once finished, the table top is yours to take home. If decorating a table does not take your fancy, you are welcome to stay in the workshop room and make something crafty yourself, but this will be self-guided.

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Photo or recycled timber table (Photo taken by Author)

If you are not able to attend on the 5th, why not drop into Reverse Garbage Queensland's warehouse which is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and grab some great bargains for your projects. Items for sale range from art and craft supplies, jewellery and costume making, decorations, timber, metal, plastic, rubber and foam, glass and ceramic materials. A bargain hunter's paradise!

Various events are held throughout the year and more information on these events can be found on their website. Reverse Garbage Queensland are also happy to conduct structured workshops for schools and corporate events, although a maximum of 30 students for schools is required per facilitator. Duration of workshops can be tailored to suit requirements and costs for these are also stated on their website.

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items such as jewellery, arts & crafts and decorations can be purchased from the warehouse and therefore a keen crafter could make something of this kind (Photo taken by Author)

Follow them on Facebook to see what is new into the warehouse or subscribe online to their monthly newsletter named "Not Junk Mail Newsletter". Don't forget mark Saturday 5th March in your diary for a fun educational event.
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Why? Fun things to do, while pushing creative boundaries
When: Saturday 5th March 2016
Phone: Reverse Garbage Queensland Co-Op.Ltd
Where: Woolloongabba
Cost: Roundtable discussion free, Demo $5.00 which includes $10 voucher for materials
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