@SpinFish_Inc is coming to #SXSWEco again this year! Sign up to volunteer or get leftover materials!





SpinFish  is coming to SXSWEco again this year to help the conference divest the materials leftover from the SXSWEco Tradeshow!

I wanted to let you know that SpinFish is coming back to Austin for SXSWEco in a few weeks! I am helping them with project management for their leftover trade show materials.

To date, SpinFish has helped SX save more than 26,000 pounds from the landfill and shared the items with thousands of Austin community members.  We’d love to have another year of awesome results.

Interested in volunteering for the project?  Or receiving some items so that we can keep them out of the landfill?  Right now, we anticipate foamcor, canvas banners, paper handouts, wood pallets and promotional materials.  New items will be added as we get closer to the actual event.  Volunteers receive first pick of the items as a special thank you for your help.

Pick ups will be on the evening of Oct 11 (Tue) and on Oct 12 (Wed).  If you’d like to be added to the potential pick up list, please provide me with your current contact information, items you may be interested in and availability.  If you’d like to volunteer, please let me know your availability—we request a 3 hour commitment and we promise that the time will fly by!

Feel free to pass our contact information along to others that may be interested.

blythechristopher@gmail.com  or stephanie@spinfishinc.com

Many thanks!  Blythe


What to think about before you buy #FastFashion | Via #HuffPost

Clothing Waste | Rethink

Clothing Waste | Rethink

Via HuffPost

Think of our taste for #fastfashion just like junk food—and we do have an appetite for awful, poorly constructed trendy clothes. What if we put ourselves on a clothes diet?  How about we don’t buy what we really didn’t want in the first place?

From the article:

We’re doing our part by donating, but our part should start way before then. “You are buying into a fantasy that you have done something good. The good thing would have been at the very beginning, at the store, to have not bought the thing you didn’t really want in the first place,” DuFault said. 

Donating is a #fantasy.  We think we are doing good but we are contributing to a wasteful circular model of consumption.  How about we think about the pieces we really need—keep those—and repair what we love and stop buying.

Via #GreenBiz | Meet the 22-year-olds tackling our #plastic #waste

Via GreenBiz | @barbaragrady

Who you gonna call?  Why these young talented entrepreneurs rethinking #plastic waste!  My favorite part of this?  They are young scientist-entrepreneurs!

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have bioengineered the bacteria to break down plastic faster than the 500 to 1,000 years it takes for plastic to breakdown in a typical landfill. In their company’s “upcycling”process, plastic waste is chemically broken down into a low molecular weight compound, which then can be fed to microbes, as a basic foodstuff or energy source. In turn, the engineered microbes produce biosurfactants for fabric manufacturing. Wang calls the upcycle products high value, usable compounds.

They are negotiating what may be their first commercial contract for their technology, hopefully turning a great scientific idea into a scalable, marketable product.  A major California city is talking with them this week about integrating BioCellection’s technology into its #waste #recycling process.


#Recycling #Donations only work if someone wants what you are giving away | #Upcycling

Recycling only works...

Recycling only works…

Via CBCNews

Yukoners have dropped off broken furniture, clothing in need of mending, and other things that are simply unusable. Raven Recycling Society had to hire someone part time, to help deal with all the donations. 

Recycling only works if someone wants to use what you are giving away.  What if the clothes need mending or upcycling?  What if a coat of paint, new screws, or a zipper would make the item “new” again for someone?  What if there was a team of people dedicated to upcycling all these items could be employed to make all this usable again?  That is a reverse #supplychain I can support!  #ReSourcery


Via #GearJunkie | Upcycling & ReMade in America —what could be better?

Upcycle in America

Upcycle in America

ReMade in America

Via GearJunkie

Dump To Dresser: Brands Upcycle Gear From Scrap

Upcycling is becoming a viable business model in America.  #Patagonia and #TheRenewalWorkshop are leading the way on #closedloop #supplychain.  How do we keep jobs in the #USA and create an #ethical supply pipeline?  Upcycle.

Help fund The Renewal Workshop.

#TreeHugger | Can we reform our disposable clothing culture?

Too many choices

Too many choices, pare down | buy better

Via #TreeHugger

I keep saying this—it is all about dismantling the #supplychain of #fastfashion. Easier said than done, I know.  However, Katherine Martinko (@feistyredhair) breaks down the small and large things each of us can do to break the #environmental damaging #fashion chain. Buy better, #upcycle, pare down your wardrobe, and #donate when you can.  Be #conscious #consumers.  Better yet—be conscious citizens. Tread lightly.


#EcoWatch | Fast Fashion: Cheap Clothes = Huge #Environmental Cost

Discarded Clothes destined for landfills

Discarded Clothes destined for landfills

Via #EcoWatch

#TakeBack programs for clothing don’t work.  I am looking at you— H&M!

What seems like a great way to keep textiles in a #closedloop is a sham.  Most second-hand clothing programs don’t want #fastfashion castoffs due to their poor quality.  H&M’s sustainability manager, Henrik Lampa, said that 0.1 percent of all clothing received by charities and programs that recycle clothes is actually recycled. That is really, really, really low.

If you think you are helping the environment by taking back your shoddily made blouse—think again. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 84 percent of discarded clothes winds up in an incinerator or landfill. I can’t think of a better case for #upcycling and #reuse, can you?