The Bower's 15th Anniversary

20 September, 2014
Come along to the 15th Birthday of the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre! Celebration includes the auction of the Tiny House, vintage cash register, and other collectable vintage items, live jazz music, demonstration work shops, recycled art for kids and a sausage sizzle (vegetarian).

Where: The Bower, 34/142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW.
When: 12pm – 4pm, Saturday 20th September, 2014.
Cost: Free
Click here for more info.

Glen Lambert

Fix-it café

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

There’s a new hub for greenies who like to fix things – The Bower Reuse and Repair Café – and it’s an idea that’s spreading…

How to make your favourite clothes last longer

Sunday, 23 January 2011

If you've got favourite clothes you couldn't bear to part with, learning to repair them means you can keep them for longer. It's easy once you know how...

Man repairing a bike

Learning how to avoid planned obsolescence

Friday, 10 September 2010

As we move on through our challenge, it might be worth revisiting the idea that we must have new things all the time. One of our previous challenges was to Refill, Reuse and Repair - the skills you learned during that challenge will come in handy now.

Christmas tree decorations

9 G Challenge tips for a greener Christmas

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas can be one of the most hectic, expensive and stressful times of the year. Luckily, one of the benefits of going green is that it can make special events both easier and more interesting for you!

Thinking about reuse

A tip and an extra challenge

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". I think that's a great way to live. Let's leave behind the flimsy bits and pieces that never last, and aim for quality products that can be maintained and reused for a very long time.

New iPod next to an older model

Don't keep up with the Joneses

Saturday, 28 November 2009

I've been thinking about how I can make decisions now that will make it easier for me to refill, reuse and repair stuff in the future. In my opinion, this means thinking carefully when I buy new things, and planning ahead.

Vintage handkerchiefs

Quality over quantity

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

In my last post I talked about how frugality can help us save the planet. But saving cereal boxes to make magazine holders isn't the only way to go. It's possible to think more high-end when it comes to reusing, repairing and refilling.

Putting money in a piggy bank

Saving money by reducing waste

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Normally when we think of reusing, repairing and refilling things, we imagine being very frugal. When you see all sorts of ideas for how you can reuse everyday items, a lot of them come from people are learning how to stretch a dollar further.

Clothes rack

Keep those favourite clothes for longer

Friday, 13 November 2009

The average Australian now buys so many clothes, so cheaply, that when something loses a button or gets a little tear, we think nothing of replacing it with something new right away.

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