Breathing new life into pre-loved items
On Saturday 2 June, UTS student volunteers represented Reverse Garbage at the SecondHand Saturday Festival in Ultimo.
SecondHand Saturday (which coincides with the United Nation’s World Environment Day) is a community garage sale event promoting reuse, recycling and care for the environment. Pyrmont and Ultimo community members are given the opportunity to buy, swap or give away pre-loved items. It also acts as a space for the local community to meet up and connect.
UTS student volunteers Jemma Williams, Nayan Das, Erica Sufani, Lissy Hartmann and Symeon Papadopoulous, were enlisted by Reverse Garbage to be the face of the organisation at the event.
Reverse Garbage is Australia’s largest creative reuse centre dedicated to diverting thousands of tonnes of valuable resources from landfill each year through the reuse of resources. Each year Reverse Garbage collects tonnes of resources including reusable off-cuts, over-runs, art and craft materials, stage props and furniture, and the community is given the opportunity to purchase items for creative use – or ‘reuse’ – using resources to create new items or to give items a new purpose.
On the day, the students not only staffed the stall, but they also informed patrons of the work of Reverse Garbage, and taught them some simple ways to reuse ordinary household waste.
Despite the cold and relatively average weather, the day was a success and the volunteers were very pleased with the outcome.
“It was a really awesome experience,” said Master of Engineering student Nayan Das.
“I learned some creative ways to recycle waste materials and also understand the urgent need to adopt to three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) in our daily routine,” he said.
Bachelor of Design/International Studies student Jemma Williams said the experience made her aware of how easy it is to reuse and repurpose items, and “how satisfying it can be to create worth from discarded items.” She hopes to incorporate Upcycling designs into her fashion work in the future.