Did you know that Australia produces a staggering 43.5 million tonnes of waste every year? That's equal to the weight of every single car in this country, totalled up and then multiplied by 2. Majority of this waste ends up in landfills around Australia and only a percentage is recycled, creating a long-term environmental problem. This issue can be address by upcycling or repurposing, which helps reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills by using some in the fabrication of new products.
You can learn how to upcycle with expert Rob Arcidiacono from Madeforward at the Bean Cafe. Organised in association with Laneway Learning, which offers small group evening classes that are cheap, informal and taught by practitioners from the local community, this class is only $17 ($14 for class and $3 for materials). Rob is the founder of Madeforward, which is fabricating a range of products made from repurposed materials sourced locally in Brisbane. He is a professional product designer with experience in manufacturing, agriculture and international development.
From 6.15pm to 7.30pm, you will learn more about how the waste materials from construction sites can be converted into new products with touches of paint, resizing and creative design. You will make your own simple upcycled herb-planter from waste materials and plans provided by Rob. It is a practical product that you can use over a long period of time or even gift to someone. This product will also help the environment as you are making it from waste that would otherwise end up in Australia's landfills. After the class, you might just start thinking and seeing everything around you differently and consider how many of what you throw away could be upcycled.