December 2020 Summer

Junkies Magazine is an eco lifestyle magazine, focused on reusing, reducing, rethinking and recycling. Junkies Magazine is for people who have a passion for sustainability, imaginative design.We like to inspire and be inspired by a community of thinkers and to spread important messages about our environmental responsibilities .We aim to be a platform to bring people together , from artists, individuals , mavericks and epicureans.

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in this issue

2 min
from you

Hello, I ordered a copy of your fab publication, The Makers, from a gorgeous local store back in January. Sadly, I did not pick up the copy instore as the bushfires started close by and with asthma I was house bound for weeks. We packed the car with preciousness a few times... it was a hellish summer! Then, COVID-19 struck the world and everything went pear shaped once more. Time and space to venture out has been very limited, yet yesterday my daughter and I went for a drive through local towns and stopped by Seventh Pocket at Yackandandah. Out walked Lindy, owner of the store, with my copy of the magazine all wrapped up with string. Happily, I have just put my feet up, cuppa in hand and The Makers Volume One…

2 min
from the editor

As we launch into a new year and say farewell to 2020, I think many of us will feel, relief, as it came with so much uncertainty and turmoil. I hope that 2021 settles in a lot more smoothly and we can take some of the lessons we learnt in the past year to make sure this next year is a fabulous one. We are excited to be launching our new website this year and welcome input from you, our readers, as we navigate this exciting new ground. We hope this new platform will be inspiring and helpful for all, but especially for our loyal Re:think Tribe. In this edition, we show you around two inspiringly different homes and gain insight into their creative lives. We also chat with British artist, Kirstie…

8 min
borders closed, no borders open

My band members and I were in rehearsal when my brother started playing a riff, Lesa picked it up on lead guitar and a song began to be born. It quickly became a song called ‘Borders’, with the key phrase – “borders closed, no borders open”. At that time, I had become aware of the number of people being displaced globally by climate change impacts, political upheaval, or the type of invasion that the First Australians had to deal with. Unsurprisingly, when my lyrics started to flow, I was singing about borders being closed, homes being lost and parents ending up with nowhere safe to take their children. As the band was getting ready to release the resulting ‘Borders’ single, we wondered how we could do our bit toward ‘making a difference’.…

3 min
re:think news

Reduce Your Landfill Waste Ballarat Textile Recycling is an innovative new recycling program focused on repurposing items destined for landfill in regional Victoria. They accept textile donations from Ballarat and surrounds, and welcome large trailers of ‘waste’ collected by local communities. The project is led by passionate recycler and artist, Leah Justyce, who turns donated textiles into unique statement pieces to decorate your home. Some of the incredible products Leah creates from donations include made-to-order ‘Forever Roses’ crafted out of donated leather goods, and bowls and baskets made from recycled denim jeans and shirts. Visit ballarattextilerecycling.com.au to find out how to donate or shop the wares with 10% of profits going towards the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Buzz Behind B Corp B Corp has now become the recognisable benchmark of a business fully…

4 min
the makings of success

As any maker can testify, it is no easy feat to earn a living from artistic endeavours. With the forthcoming launch of the Re:think Marketplace, our online emporium of the finest in ethical and sustainable wares from around Australia, we wanted to hear from the artists directly. We talk with one of the feature makers, Melinda Muscat, to find out what inspires her and how she has used that inspiration to create a thriving and successful business. Melinda aims to be as authentic as possible, which she achieves by intertwining her artwork into her surroundings. Melinda’s house is a beautifully decorated home, blossoming with colour, texture and quirky details, all of which Melinda has either curated or crafted herself. Each unique feature has been sourced, reworked, repurposed or restyled in order…

5 min
energy tips for the home

Most of us have come to expect electricity or power to be available to us all the time. Whether it be to light our homes at night, cook our food each day, keep us warm in winter and cool in summer, heat our water or provide power to run our plethora of entertainment devices – it is hard to imagine living in a modern home without it. The question is, where does our power come from and could we be smarter in how we use it? These are two critical issues when it comes to powering our homes and modern lifestyle. The first is how we manage the power we have access to, as even though we pay for it that doesn’t mean we should waste it. Secondly, we need to…