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Donate now, Avoid Waste, Create Positive Sustainable Impact

We’re well into the season for spring cleaning and now is the perfect time to declutter your home environment and unearth all those dormant goods lying around your house and move them onto a new home. You know, those items that are in good condition, still functional and useful but just not something you want or need anymore, but you can’t bear to send to landfill or don’t have the time or energy to sell or give away.

With statistics like below (coming from the War on Waste):

– Australia’s waste growing at double the rate of our population,

– over 85% of furniture placed kerbside not being recycled and instead going to landfill,

– 700 thousand tonnes of e-waste in Australia per year, and

– 36,000KG of clothes thrown out every hour (not to mention 2700 Litres of water to produce one item of clothing)

It’s no surprise more Australians are embracing their inner “Mottainai” (pronounced moat-tie-nigh, a Japanese term for regret over wasting something before deriving its full value) and looking for meaningful ways to offload their unwanted goods.

The upcoming National Recycling Week also provides another great motivation to offload all your functional and useful unwanted goods and avoid all that wonderful treasure going to waste. The idea of passing on what you no longer want or need, to someone who does want it, is a fantastic form of sustainability, because the reality is, perfectly functional and useful items are ending up in landfill simply because people no longer want or need them and it’s just easier to throw them away.

And the reality is, there isn’t really any ‘away’. All waste ends up somewhere and for perfectly serviceable items, that means all the effort and energy that’s gone into making that item may all have been in vain. There is no planet B, there are no more resources other than what the earth provides freely and we liberate from it. We have a duty of care to our planet to respect what is provided and ensure we’re using those resources as wisely as possible.

So, kill 2 birds with one stone, declutter your house and be part of the solution to Australia’s growing waste problem. Donate to WBGS and help us divert products from going to landfill, reduce CO2 emissions and save water on epic proportions. Our trucks can come to you and collect your goods, or you can drop items off at our warehouse — just complete the donationpage on our website and we’ll be in touch.

After you’ve donated your goods, come join us on Saturday 17 November, for the annual WBGS focal event — a garage sale on a grand scale. Help us keep those products circulating for the longest possible time and ensure all that embodied energy (e.g. water, electricity and natural resources) isn’t going to waste.

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:

 

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.

Pinching ourselves….2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards finalists unveiled

There was a thrilling moment for our World’s Biggest Garage Sale team recently….that moment we received the news that we are finalists in the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards 2018.

“The Lord Mayor’s Businesses Awards are the benchmark for business excellence in Brisbane, showcasing our city as a great place to live, work and invest,” Cr Graham Quirk

I already feel like we are winners, fortunate to be seated alongside some of the most incredible organisations in YURIKA AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS.

The 5 finalists in this category:

There’s a sense of pride and honour to be considered equals with these leading and legendary organisations. The work they do is extensive, impacting and widely known.

We recently joined other finalists at the LMBA Finalist Cocktail Event presented by ANZ.

I was fortunate to bump into Cr Adam Allan too. We have been talking about locations to hold our next major Brisbane event. It’s amazing how the world collides us with what we need at the moment we need it.

Cr Adam Allan and Yas Grigaliunas

The WBGS team are now thinking about ‘what to wear’ at the LMBA this year. We’ll leave our trusty WBGS t-shirts in the drawer in exchange for something a little more glamorous.

When your passion (and business) is centred around the circular economy and sustainability in business, you can be assured that we won’t be buying anything new! With 60% of women having dormant items in their wardrobes, we have put the call out to friends, family and even strangers, to search for dresses and suits on theme with our WBGS brand. (reach out if you have something in your cupboard)

I’m predicting red, black and white will be the colours on the night!! ❤️

I want to acknowledge the judges for choosing the World’s Biggest Garage Sale as a finalist. We are still pinching ourselves……

#thrilled #honoured #disbelief #LMBA18 #WBGS