• We make and sell handbags made from recycled packaging

    The Junk Wave crafts and sells, online, one of a kind handbags made from recycled food packaging: chip, lolly, ice-cream, chocolate, pasta, rice, etc. Our material comes from street and beach clean-ups and from friends and family who collect for us. Every piece of plastic used in the bags is saved from entering landfill or ocean. Each bag represents a huge environmental saving and is a metaphor of ethics and social justice for everyone and everything under the sky.

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    A self-funded community project of empowerment and up-skilling, Megan Bayliss of The Junk Wave works with groups of women, many Indigenous and many with barriers to full participation in community life, to produce beautiful designer bags that sell the world over.

    The Junk Wave is a business with a sustainable 3P (People, Planet and Profit) business model. We are fair and we believe in helping others. To this end, the money from bag sales divides between the women artisans and the organisations that host bag making workshops. But most importantly, part of the sale of the bag supports other community programs that look after people in their own communities and the social and physical environment of those people.

    Our bags are story bags: they contain stories of sharing and healing and come with the love of the women who developed new life and social skills while making them. Woven while the women talk among themselves, each bag carries the stories of the weavers: sad, happy, curious, frustrated, empowered, scary, bold, cultural and interesting.

    Your bag comes with a card made from recycled materials, signed and briefly storied by the artisans. Your bag also comes with our collective wish for you to make the world a better place. But wait…there’s more…just as this program value adds to the women artisans who weave the bags we value add to our bags. Your bag will come with¬† special little value added gift made by the weavers: a little something to help you be even more different and special than you already are.

    Buy a purse for a curse: help build pathways out of poverty for Australian women. Get yourself a good feeling from helping a grass-roots and self-funded community project, a drop dead gorgeous fashion bag AND a surprise gift to wear and show off.

    Buy our bags here and help an Australian woman develop her own cottage industry, her pathway out of poverty, through recycled craft skills today.

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  • The Junk Wave is on a Mission

    The Junk Wave makes junk precious.

    Through intentional teaching and teachable moments, we spread our recycling passion to protect oceans and landfill from toxic household waste so that tomorrow’s children can experience a healthy and safe, animal rich, environment. [Continue Reading]

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  • Turn packets into gorgeous handbags

    Bag Making Masterclass (woven bags from plastic food packets)It is Cairns turn to hold a master class for turning household plastic waste (like chip and biscuit packets) into gorgeous fashion hand bags.

    So simple once you know the techniques, save hundreds of dollars. Craft your own designer handbag: one of a kind and very trendy.

    purse made from woven lolly packetsEverywhere I go, I am stopped by random people and asked,”Where did you get that beautiful hand bag from?

    If you are like me, you will relish in the delight of replying, “I made it myself.” [Continue Reading]

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Environmental Fitness

Coin purse recycled from Tony Ferguson shake packets.

Interview with Leanne Peard

Leanne Peard, Social Media Specialist from Absolute Wisdom, interviews Megan Bayliss on Google+ about Megan's passions and the development of her recycled craft business, The Junk Wave. … [Read More...]

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Jackie Lewis

I remain incredulous at the early death of Jackie Lewis, co-founder of LIFE Leadership, a personal development and leadership training organisation that I am a member of. Jackie Lewis was just thirty-four years old. She had four young children aged between 12 and four and she … [Read More...]

Recycled Craft Workshops

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Woombye Class

Book in now for a bag weaving master-class at Woombye, Sunshine Coast, on Saturday 1st February, 2014. Bag weaving at Woombye Flyer here. Environmental fitness leader, Megan Bayliss of The Junk Wave offers a full day masterclass to teach you every step of the process in … [Read More...]

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FREE Cairns w’shop

Angels funded by Cairns Regional Council: Yes my Cairns cherubs, that is right. Cairns Regional Council has funded a recycled craft workshop to make Angel decorations from your household waste.¬† Cardboard, aluminium can, milk bottle lids, plastic, corks - stuff that used to be in … [Read More...]

Recycled crafts

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No more junk

No more recycled craft material required, thanks. No more drop offs to my car port please. No more bags of plastic food wrappers or collections of treasure required. As I write this I feel a sob rise in my chest......all my beloved bounty :( How boring it will be to enter my car … [Read More...]

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Recycled Milk Bottle Christmas Angel

Our beautiful aluminium can Christmas decorations (first two pictured) are too sharp for children to make. But, you can recycle plastic milk bottles into angel decorations (third angel) that can be painted, written on or embellished with sparkly treasures. Child friendly (except … [Read More...]

Our model is simple: People, Planet and Profit. Mass action of individual home based effort through recycled craft makes a HUGE difference to environmental fitness.