We’re working on the world’s to do list
World’s Biggest Garage Sale is on a mission to create and realise socially and environmentally positive community solutions for our ever-increasing waste streams, and we’re aligning with global efforts to do so.
We support the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all member states in 2015, which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. We are focused on SDG implementation, action (‘the doing’) and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of all SDGs.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a united effort for change. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
There’s no limit to what we can accomplish together.
We actively support all the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is strongly aligned with SDG12, SDG8, SDG3, SDG5 and SDG17.
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption
Our work activates sustainable consumption practices in local communities to promote the circular economy. Real value lies in dormant goods and by bringing the community together behind a greater purpose, we can shift perceptions towards pre-loved goods and draw wealth from waste. We specifically address target 12.5, which states “by 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse” and target 12.2 “by 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”
We contribute to the achievement of target 12.6 “Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle” through our advocacy and partnerships.
Furthermore, we aim to be a voice for responsible consumer consumption to address target 12.8 “ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature”. In the words of Sir David Attenborough, “The one thing we all have to do, in a way which covers every aspect of our life, is simply not to waste. Don’t waste plastic, don’t waste food, don’t waste power. Live within our means.” Through our events and projects, we hope to inform the community and help prevent waste.
SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
In-line with this goal, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, particularly for young people, reduce informal employment and the gender pay gap and promote safe and secure working environments to create decent work for all. Through our pilot project in resource recovery, we are creating local employment opportunities particularly in entry-level and semi-skilled jobs for youth and vulnerable community members. We aim to ensure a 50% employment rate for the vulnerable and marginalised in our community.
Creating jobs out of ‘old stuff’ through a circular model will make our economy and communities more vibrant and resilient. A circular economy will not only create jobs and wealth from waste, but we also save the environment and developing nations from the multitude of negative externalities associated with intensive resource extraction and production to meet our current consumption behaviours.
SDG3 – Good Health & Wellbeing
Volunteering and contributing to a worthy purpose helps people feel more connected to their local community, decreases feelings of social isolation and improves mental well-being. There is a very real sense of community and belonging that springs up in the lead-up to and during a WBGS Event – and we welcome everyone regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
SDG5 – Gender Equality
WBGS is a living breathing example of SDG5 in action. With a female CEO and 50% female team, we strongly support “women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.”
SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals
A guiding value within WBGS is the spirit of cooperation and co-opetition (a collaboration between business competitors in the hope of mutually beneficial results). We live and breathe multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration and strongly support connections between government, the private sector (from small business to large corporates), universities/tafes/schools and the community.