Sunday Mail guides readers to Emporium

The Sunday Mail sent a photographer to have a look at the Emporium last week. Here's what they wrote.

RE­VERSE Em­po­rium at Wool­loongabba is an eco-shop­per’s par­adise.

The gallery space and store, lo­cated within the Re­v­erse Garbage Queens­land ware­house, show­cases the work of artists who cre­ate prod­ucts from ma­te­ri­als that would oth­er­wise go to land­fill.

Re­v­erse Garbage com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor Ge­off Ebbs said all the items in the em­po­rium are at least 75 per cent up-cy­cled ma­te­rial.

“As well as the framed art- works and sculp­tures there are func­tional items such as cush­ions, rugs, mir­rors, ta­bles, wooden stor­age boxes, hat racks and cof­fee ta­bles,” he said.

“It’s a very funky, dif­fer­ent store and a lot of peo­ple in­volved are artists so there’s a high de­gree of thought, cre­ativ­ity and fin­ish ap­plied to the prod­ucts.

“At the mo­ment we’ve got more than 30 artists rep­re­sented in the em­po­rium.”

Mr Ebbs said prices started at about $10. “There’s an el­e­ment of fru­gal­ity,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple worry about ex­pen­di­ture so there’s an op­por­tu­nity to save money.”

Re­v­erse Garbage Queens­land is a not-for-profit worker-run co-op­er­a­tive

It col­lects high-qual­ity in­dus­trial dis­cards and sells them at a low cost to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Aside from the empo­rium, the co-op runs eco-art work­shops on how to trans­form in­dus­trial dis­cards into us­able house­hold items.

Sunday Mail guides readers to Emporium
Publication Date: 
January