BOOMERANG BAGS

A lot of attention has been focussed on some of our avoidable plastic waste – principally single-use plastic bags, coffee cups, bottled water and soft drinks and straws. Plastic products, like so many great inventions, have also created some significant problems.

Boomerang Bags - Helping the Environment Bounce Back

BY: LE VERGNE LEHMANN

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COMMUNITY GARDENS

There is a lot of research that demonstrates the fact that gardening is very good for us. Gardens and landscapes have long been designed as sanctuaries and retreats from the stresses of life – from great urban green spaces in many cities to the humblest suburban backyard. But beyond the passive enjoyment of a garden or of being in nature more generally, we also now understand that gardening plays a role as a therapeutic and educational tool.

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MISTER WOLF - STYLISH WATCH DESIGN

In the last couple of years, we have seen the decline of the use of watches now that smartphones are becoming more and more versatile and preferred by the general population. 
But watches are suddenly making a comeback thanks to the fashion industry drawing more attention to just how stylish they can be. And that is certainly the case with Mister Wolf.

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Selena Buckingham
LEADING THE WAY

Created in 2010, eve renovations is an all female construction company based in Brisbane, Australia. It strives to employ qualified tradeswomen and to provide a pathway for female apprentices to work in the construction industry. Directors of eve renovations, Laura Madden and Juanita Mottram, established eve workwear in 2012.

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SNUGGLE COATS

Now here is a revolutionary idea. How would it be if we could return the tens of thousands of “vanity furs” – coats, stoles, etc – back to the animal kingdom from which they were plundered. Sounds far-fetched, we know, but here we talk to an animal welfare advocate Lisa Brennan who, in her own extraordinary way, is doing just that.

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CommunitySian Blohm
DYEING FOR NATURE – CARA MARIE PIAZZA

When you think of New York City, the last thing that probably comes to mind is nature in all its intricate complexity. However, for New York born and bredå natural dyer and textile designer, Cara Piazza, it is nature that inspires her life and work. Cara exclusively uses organic and natural materials in her dyes, such as fruit rinds, spices, flower petals, blossoms and iron fillings, all of which are sourced ethically. Likewise, her textiles are all comprised of organic materials, such as cotton and bamboo fibres, and Ahimsa and Peace grade silks.

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FashionSian Blohm
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS – STUART HAYGARTH

There is a quote by the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius: beauty is inherent in all things – but not everyone can perceive it. The ability to apprehend beauty in even the most modest object is a special gift: it requires a receptiveness to a world we sometimes find cluttered with useless detritus and difficult to navigate, and a finely honed aesthetic sensibility. These are the qualities that inform the works of the UK artist Stuart Haygarth. 

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Sian Blohm
JUNK COUTURE

When the Junkies team discovered the work of Margaret Wells we just knew that we had to feature her in the magazine. The astonishing garment worn by Christine Crawshaw and photographed by Louisa West appeared on the front cover of Junkies Winter Issue 9 and is the result of the creative output of this inspirational woman.

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Art & CraftSian Blohm
BLARNEY BOOKS & ART

Jo Canham established Blarney Books & Art in 2004 in the small and well-known tourist town Port Fairy, Victoria. She has recently joined our team here at Junkies and we thought that by way of introduction, we would share her tales of owning and operating a bookshop.

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CommunitySian Blohm
GEMMA VENDETTA COSMETICS

At Junkies, we often get to hear of people who battle all of life’s odds to achieve remarkable outcomes. We met such a remarkable person in 2017.  Since launching her brand in 2016, Gemma Vendetta has built a cult following for her natural and chemical free beauty products.

We caught up with Gemma and she shared her story with us.

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BeautySian Blohm
THE TOOTHBRUSH PROJECT

Amber Jones and Georgie Debenham became friends through childhood and spent countless hours on the school bus together. After graduating from school, they both took a gap year where they spent a few months in rural Cambodia. So begins the story of The Toothbrush Project.

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JESSICA WOLF DESIGNS

Jessica Wolf upcycles fabrics to make unique garments, reversible hats and bags. She shares her story of of how she ditched fast fashion, took the slow road and started her own business that celebrates all things reloved and vintage.

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FashionSian Blohm
COFFEE PODS UPCYCLED

It's not very often that you find a truly creative and on trend fashion item that is not only sustainable but also extremely artistic. Recently Junkies caught up with Chiara, a Melbourne based artisan who makes these beautiful earrings and necklaces from recycled coffee pods.

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FashionSophea Jennings
BEESWAX WRAPS FOR THE WIN

Bronwyn from Sustomi has decided to share some of her handy tips around food storage and beeswax wraps. Sustomi sells sustainable food wraps which are great alternatives from plastic food storage containers. 

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FoodSophea Jennings