Re: Down | #Recycled Down from Duvets for Winter Jackets

Via @ispo   Recycled Down from Duvets for Winter Jackets

re:down is a company I can get behind!  They recycle down to go back into clothing! For years, this process had been too difficult with little return on investment.

From the article—

Washing the down requires a lot of water and energy. For this reason, the factory in Hungary was built in a location where water springs up from the ground at a temperature of 38 degrees. “We thus use less energy and spare additional costs,” says Firmann.

Does recycling down really help?  TreeHugger has a good overview of how recycling down would help consumers make more ethical decisions.

By transforming the perception of recycled down, moving it from a position of being less desirable into a position of being ethical and eco-friendly—brands like Re:Down, Nau, and Ternua are changing the way we think about upcycled textiles. If we can accept that wearing a material that might have covered someone else’s sleeping body isn’t degrading, but rather desirable and responsible, one wonders what other materials can be de-stigmatized. Maybe it can help us see more materials as worthy of recycling.

Repairing #FastFashion | #PortlandMaine #SustainableDressing

Via @PortlandPressHerald | @MaryPols

Slow Fashion – or the art of sustainable dressing – catching on fast in Maine

Fast Fashion is akin to fast food. Buying clothes that will only last a season contributes to our textile waste and more CO2 production. By 2013, 97 percent of apparel sold in America was made overseas, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

#Makers and #sustainably sourced materials create #slowfashion. We need to learn how to mend, make, and re-fashion our clothing. Quality is embedded in the process when we know where the materials are coming from.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, MonkeySee, gives you the basics to attempt your own slow fashion revolution!









Everyday Upcycle + 24 Sustainable DIY Projects x Veranda = MORE IDEAS!

New Year ~ New Inspiration!

Veranda Magazine

Veranda | Inspiration

When I am in the doldrums and can’t figure out what to upcycle next—I usually peruse Veranda.  The magazine features the most innovative designers working today.  Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can read it for free!

Over the break, I also checked out two other inspiring books:


Everyday Upcycle

Everyday Upcycle

Upcycle 24 Sustainable DIY Projects

Upcycle 24 Sustainable DIY Projects


I found a wine crate in poor condition over the holiday break.  I was struggling to find a use for it.  I think a small bench will do!  Do you have a found piece that you can’t find a use for?  Upcycle it!

@qz #Greenpeace #Recycling #Textiles won’t help—let’s #make durable, repairable #clothes!

Via Quartz

Recycling Textiles | Not so much

Recycling Textiles | Not so much

Greenpeace is taking on our current “feel good” fashion recycling trend.  It is a fallacy to think we can recycle all the textiles we buy.  The amount of textiles that are bought and then thrown away due to our #fastfashion lifestyle is enormous.

It is estimated every US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing a year!

If we are just going to throw away or donate these shoddily made clothes for newer-yet-shoddily-made clothes—how is this helping?

The good news is that millennials are rejecting the “trendiosis” of  #fastfashion and preferring second-hand, vintage, or more expensive #sustainably sourced textiles.

H&M, Zara Grapple With Sustainable Fashion This Holiday Season (Advertising Age) outlines how the public wants to buy items that are classic and will last a long time. The movement is happening, and it’s been gaining ground in the last few years.

Fashion brands need to urgently re-think the throwaway business model and produce clothing that’s durable, repairable and fit for re-use. —Kirsten Brodde, the head of Greenpeace’s Detox my Fashion campaign

Check out how to buy local in Austin and how we can repair what we have!

Looking for #ZeroWaste holiday shopping in #Austin? #LocallyAustin

LocallyAustin | Shop Zero Waste for the Holidays!

LocallyAustin | Shop Zero Waste for the Holidays!

City of Austin has just the “thing” for you!  ShopZeroWaste! We all know the holidays can be overwhelming with choices (and guilt)! If you want to be mindful of your holiday spending this year— is for you!  #LocallyAustin is an online searchable database that makes it easy to find #local shops to keep you #zerowaste for the holidays!

I also have it on good authority that Recycled Reads has gift certificates available! Now you can give the gift of #zerowaste shopping!  Happy Holidays!


#ShopSmallBusinessSaturdays at Thrift Stores? What could be better! #KeepitLocal

Shop Small Business Saturdays

Shop Small Business Saturdays

Do you have a wonderful #local thrift store down the street? Do you need to “up your game” for unique holiday gifts?

Think thrift stores when considering buying for the holidays—you can find great bargains AND support your neighborhood small business to keep them IN business.


Here is a short list of some of my favorite #Austin #sustainable stores:

Let’s keep our holiday shopping to our local stores!



Tonight! Bob Gedert— director of Austin Resource Recovery to speak @AustinZeroWaste!

Bob Gedert | Austin Resource Recovery Director + National Recycling Coalition President

Bob Gedert

Austin Zero Waste Alliance


Recycled Reads



Austin Zero Waste Alliance is excited to be hosting Austin’s Resource Recovery Director and President of the National Recycling Coalition Bob Gedert at our next meeting, Tuesday, November 29. Meeting is at 7 PM at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Road).

See you there!

WHAT: Monthly Austin Zero Waste Alliance Meeting with Bob Gedert
WHEN: Tuesday, November 29, 7 PM
WHERE: Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road