These are the kind of events that bring like-minded groups of people together to inspire communities. Together we can reach each and every person and show that looking after the environment is not just for the hipsters, but it is a movement for all of humanity.
Over the weekend the small team at Junkies were honoured to be a part of the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. There we stood alongside over 100 incredible organisations, small businesses and people doing their bit to make a difference to our world. From planet awareness and refugee groups through to vegan foodies, sustainable fashion gurus and creative recyclers, it was a passionate and inspiring community to be a part of.
As we continuously say at Junkies, each small step in the right direction is making an imperative difference. These are the kind of events that bring like-minded groups of people together to inspire communities. Together we can reach each and every person and show that looking after the environment is not just for the hipsters, but it is a movement for all of humanity. More of us are starting to band together to not only spread awareness but to show that we can live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle in cool, creative, delicious, affordable and fun ways.
We do not have to listen to the monopoly fashion brands and billion dollar food chains, we can listen to each other. We can support small businesses and do our research to find the good guys. Luckily for us and everyone who was able to attend the event, we were surrounded by them all weekend.
During the festival we were also able to meet a few of our loving audience and share our passion with many new Junkies.
As many of us do, over the three days festival goers walked inquisitively between the tents, deciding whether they should take a closer look or not. From our stall we started to notice the curiosity in peoples’ faces as they reached the ‘Junkies Magazine’ sign. Our tent, like many others, attracted a crowd of questioning people who were simply passing by. Because of this we were privileged to meet individuals from all walks of life. The festival was a fresh reminder of our mission, to join people together in a community where we can learn, create, teach, inspire, and share ways in which we can rethink, reuse, reduce, and recycle.
We share how by rethinking we can literally create art, fashion, homes and so much more from ‘junk’. We were able to share with thousands of people the incredible movements of the artists and small businesses featured in our latest magazine. People were amazed by Sean Avery’s breath-taking sculptures made from discarded CDs and DVDs, Julie Chappell’s beautiful brooches made from recycled computer parts, our inspiring sustainable home section, Koi Girl’s upcycled Japanese kimono purses, and Yealands Winery’s incredible sustainability story.
The small team at Junkies want to be able to attend more events like this, not only so we can meet you, our wonderful audience, but so we can all join together in this encouraging movement.
Thank you to the Sustainable Living Festival for a great weekend, we are looking forward to the next one.
Photography by Louisa West Studio