WBGS takes out two sustainability awards in one week
Spirits are flying high at the World’s Biggest Garage Sale with our team winning not only one, but two awards and our co-founder having been nominated for another! We are very honoured to announce that the World’s Biggest Garage Sale has won:
- The Yurika Sustainability Award at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, and
- the Cleanaway Waste Innovation Award at The Cleaner Suburbs Awards.
We’re also proud to announce that our founder, Yasmin Grigaliunas, has been named one of Queensland Urban Utilities Making a Difference finalists in the Women In Digital International 2018 awards, coming up this weekend.
The whole philosophy of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale is to activate sustainable consumption practices and promote the circular economy in our beloved River City, Brisbane, with the intention to take it global. It’s fantastic to be recognized for our work, that provides the community with a way to keep good quality unused or unwanted household goods circulating, rather than going to landfill.
At the end of the day we are all trying to make the best choices for our families, the community and the environment. There is a significant amount of embodied energy buried in the everyday goods we purchase every day. At a time when society’s issues with waste are becoming apparent, particularly in Australia, we need a better vehicle to ensure that precious embodied energy doesn’t go to waste.
One way to help limit our impact on the environment is to keep those goods and products circulating at their highest value for the longest possible time. And this is where WBGS comes in. We’re making it easy for the community to donate their unwanted goods and providing a focal event for people to purchase those donated goods. We have weekend donation points and pick-up trucks to come and collect your goods – just go to our Donate Stuff page. We then host an annual event, coming up on Sat 17 Nov, where you can come and purchase those goods (more to come on this in upcoming posts).
To sweeten it even more, we operate on a profit for purpose model, donations are made from the profit of the sale of donated goods to charity, helping the community prosper even further. These awards have highlighted to us that it’s possible to be successful and follow a non-standard business model, while making a positive contribution to the community.
Once again thank you to the Brisbane City Council and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cleanaway and the Women in Digital Awards Gala. And of course, a huge thanks again to our community – you are the people who inspire us and keep us motivated to deliver greater impact for the wider Brisbane community every day.