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Handmade Market Canberra's sustainable picks

Updated 28 Mar 2024

Canberra is a treasure trove of markets. Connect with local artisans, makers, and growers - all while shopping sustainably.

Lovers of sustainability and shopping, look no further. Handmade Canberra has been delighting visitors and locals alike with their quarterly events showcasing over 250 genuine Australian designers and producers.

Join us for their upcoming  winter market (29-30 June) where the spotlight is shone on sustainable stallholders. Read on for Julie Nichols, Founder and Director of Handmade Market Canberra’s picks.

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Spunky Bruiser

Spunky Bruiser is for the practical, conscious consumer and self expressive shopper. Their broad range of multi-seasonal offerings are all made in their Eora/Sydney studio from locally sourced recycled materials – they can even include your sentimental textiles in a custom made garment and offer made to measure services too. 

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Humblee Eco

Humblee Eco is a small South Australian business, making a range of reusable waxed bags and wraps. They use all locally sourced beeswax and materials, creating a sustainable product that keeps your food fresher for longer. 

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Catherine B

Catherine B creates small batch, organic and sustainable makeup that is made with only the best high-quality ingredients. Infused with essential oils, each product is super pigmented and often multi-functional, cutting out the waste of multiple mass produced products.

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Curious Joe

Curious Joe is a unique and vibrant handmade kids fashion label designed and made in South West Rocks NSW. Using only ethically sourced and independently designed fabric, they focus on bright and fun prints that celebrate the fun and joy of childhood. 

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Samantha Abbott

The glass work of Samantha Abbott is inspired by Australia’s magnificent landscapes. Each piece is personally handcrafted by Samantha herself, with a large focus on sustainability through up-cycling and recycling of glass. Samantha up-cycles glass from items such as Chanel perfume bottles and Bombay Sapphire bottles to transform them into gorgeous glass beads. 

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Urban Greens Co

Urban Greens Co is a small boutique brand designing gifts that grow and create joy, not landfill. Their range includes sustainable garden starter grow kits, windowsill microgreen kits, scatter and grow seed balls and compostable kitchen sponges.

Did you know that Canberra is a 100% renewable energy city? 

To keep with the sustainability values of the weekend, those wishing to cycle to the market can now take advantage of the Market’s new bicycle concierge service.

More information on bicycle hire in Canberra 

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