Austin Zero Waste Alliance meeting this Tuesday! Come on down!

Austin Zero Waste Alliance

Next Tuesday, July 26, is the monthly meeting of the Austin Zero Waste Alliance (AZWA). We’ll be at Recycled Reads again (5335 Burnet Road) and we’ll be hearing from some awesome new local Zero Waste efforts and discussing our upcoming Compost Tour with the Austin City Council. We’d love to have you there!

WHAT: Austin Zero Waste Alliance Monthly Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 7 PM
WHERE: Recycled Reads 5335 Burnet Road
WHY: Help Secure Austin’s Zero Waste future!

We usually have light snacks and it’s a great chance to network and socialize with like-minded Zero Waste enthusiasts.

#ReLoved—Why I love it

Reloved Magazine | Upcycling

Reloved Magazine | Upcycling

I think I have posted about Reloved before, but every month it keeps getting better.  I am also an advocate for #zerowaste—so I subscribe to their blog.  I find new ways to upcycle furniture and textiles in every issue.  Check it out for inspiration!

They also co-sponsor #upcycling competitions.



Via #TreeHugger #BeruKids #Ethical #Sustainable clothes

berukids-playsetVia TreeHugger

One of the beauties of #sustainable #fashion is that you get to problem solve and look at #waste as a resource.  Beru Kids is doing just that!  They are taking #deadstock and making wonderful kids clothing that is locally sourced and ethical.  I love these playsets and their ethos.

Beru Kids | Button tank

Beru Kids | Button tank



#WalesOnline has a poll for Best #Upcycle of the Year!

From #WalesOnlineUK

Vote! WalesOnline Best Upcycle

Vote! WalesOnline Best Upcycle

The Upcycle Item of the Year category for the #WalesOnline Property Awards in association with Waterstone Homes is a chance for upcycle artists to show their transformative “magic”!

There are (3) shortlisted entries —which one deserves the bragging rights of the #upcycle item of the year?


Entrepreneurial Companies Making #Upcycling their Model for #Sustainable #Fashion!


Berkshire Bohemian

Berkshire Bohemian | Photo: Jan Gerards

  1. It’s sustainable. Upcycling reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing deadstock or gently used fabric to create new garments and products. Making a single cotton T-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water, whereas using a pre-existing T-shirt to make something new requires nearly no water. In addition, upcycling can divert some of the 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
  2. It’s cost-effective. Similar to reducing waste, upcycling can be less expensive since used or pre-existing materials are typically a fraction of the cost of newly-made materials and textiles.
  3. It’s creative. Upcycling requires creativity to envision the potential of existing materials to create something new and beautiful.


One of the new companies exploring using #waste as a resource is Berkshire Bohemian.  They make bags that are stylish and upcycled!

Berkshire Bohemian bag

Berkshire Bohemian bag

There are more new fashion upcyclers that consider “trash” as fodder for a better product.  These #entrepreneurs are creating a more sustainable future.  This is evidenced in the move toward #slowfashion and an awareness of the garment industry’s harmful supply chain. Erika Brown (from Berkshire Bohemian) envisions a future where consumerism doesn’t “cost the earth” — meaning that economic gain doesn’t necessarily mean environmental loss.

Creating items for #consumption needn’t be a zero sum game!  We can work with what we have—creating desirable items from #castoff unconventional materials.  We need to know how our garments and home goods are made. Upcycling is a #winwinwin for all.

More about entrepreneurial upcycling companies: Why are fashion companies embracing upcycling? [Danielle Sabrina @DanielleScorp via #HuffPost]