Trash into treasure
Most people are familiar with the adage, ‘One person’s trash is another person’s treasure’, and it’s been proven that Australians are embracing this in their droves. A new Planet Ark 2022 Report commissioned by Feast Watson for its eighth annual ReLove Program, has found that in the space of a year, 86 per cent of Australians have saved pre-loved items, such as chairs, tables, and bookshelves from going into landfill by selling them in the circular economy.
Through strategies, such as upcycling, among others, a circular economy can help to reduce 45 per cent of emissions (greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, H20 + trace gases)) globally and achieve many benefits across nature, society, and the economy.
Dr Nicole Garofano, Head of Circular Economy Development at Planet Ark, says education on the circular economy is evolving as we see more Australians shifting the way we design, make, consume, and repurpose products and materials.
“Better design, making small and simple changes to our everyday consumption, and relying more on circular economy strategies, such as upcycling, will not only help conserve resources but also provide us a sense of purpose and achievement in what we can do with our own materials,” she says.
More still to be done
Yet, there is still much-needed change to reduce the number of products being sent to disposal. The Planet Ark report estimated that each year between 4,900 and 7,400 tonnes of immediately reusable timber furniture could be heading to landfill via hard waste collections in Australia – the equivalent of 824,000 wooden chairs or 261,000 bookcases.
Woodcare brand, Feast Watson, commissioned the Planet Ark report for its annual ReLove Program to highlight the latest upcycling trends in Australia, as well as to continue educating and inspiring Australians about the multitude of ways you can restore and repurpose outdated furniture to keep your home’s aesthetic current, modern and fresh. All that’s needed is a fresh eye and a modest outlay. Three creatives, Al and Imo, Jess and Izzie of The House that Jess Built, and Nina and Rhys of Butch and Bulldog are on a mission to impact change through inspiring design. Here are some of their simple DIY Feast Watson ReLove Projects using timber furniture which can be done over a weekend.