Irish Times | Upcycling for Zero Waste
@IrishTimes | Sylvia Thompson
Reuse it or lose it: turning Ireland into a no-waste economy
On this side of the pond—we call it #Zerowaste—but #Nowaste is fine too! Reuse, Upcycling, Refashion, Makedo—it all works to get us to a #circulareconomy. Until we design for #cradle2cradle, re-imagining #waste is the best stewardship for the Earth. Storytelling and reframing our consumption (or lack thereof) is the key.
From the article:
“We are asking people to drop off quality donations and community heirlooms to their nearest recycling centre for these Story of Things tours. The storytellers will talk about the life-cycle of objects from the resources used to make them to how they were reworked for reuse,”
Claire Downey, national co-ordinator of Community Reuse Network Ireland
Seoul #Upcycling Plaza promotes goods from garbage | By Kim Se-jeong
Lovely to see #trash made into #treasure in #Seoul!
From the article:
“…some of [the trash] finds its way back into the market, and the Seoul Upcycling Plaza which opened last week shows how to get new life from waste with added beauty and practicality.
Upcycling refers to recycling goods to create new value-added objects.
Among featured upcycled goods are wine bottles turned into plates, chairs made of bathroom tiles, business card holders made of milk cartons, toys made of plastic bottles, a hat made of recycled car tires and a chandelier made with plastic bottles. The beauty and creativeness of the objects are impressive enough.
The plaza is a part of the city’s “zero-waste” endeavor targeted to be realized by 2030.”
Elizabeth & Erin from Green Gate Farms
Erin Flynn and her mother Elizabeth came by today to pick up fabric for their office and education center at Green Gate Farms and New Farm Institute. Re-Sourcery found out through Katie Duffy at Austin Materials Marketplace that they were looking for larger textiles for drapes in their office, barn, and education center. If you are a business that has “waste” and want to see if another business or non-profit can use your leftover materials— sign up to be on AMM to participate in the circular economy—we all benefit!
Green Gate Farms
From DIYNetwork | Upcycle a sink into an outdoor play table
DIYNetwork Upcycle sink into play table
A few tools, safety gear, an upcycled kitchen sink—and, voila! You have a multi-purpose play table for your kids! DIYNetwork makes it so easy to follow their step-by-step instructions.
Upcycled chairs from lubricant barrels at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
“Pure Gold” is has such a great potential to show how cool upcycled waste can become coveted items! I never realized how many cool items you can make from rebar!
Rebar Upcycled Tables
Slideshow from the exhibition
Pictured left to right: Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez.
Do you know how much leftover waste there is from military surplus? Sword & Plough have created a sustainable business model of upcycling military surplus into beautiful accessories. They have a quadruple bottom line of people, planet, profit and purpose—it is “purpose” where the real power of change comes in!
From the article:
In less than four years the company, with its quadruple bottom line goal of people, planet, profit and purpose, has supported 65 veteran jobs, repurposed more than 35,000 pounds of military surplus and worked to bridge the civilian-military divide by donating $35,000 in-kind and 10 percent of its profits to veteran organizations.
City of Austin | Fixit Clinic
#FixitClinic at Recycled Reads tomorrow!
Have stuff you need help fixing? Not sure where to start? Come see us at the City of Austin Fixit Clinic! Saturday 8/19 from 12-3pm.
Sewing repairs, gluing, mending—we can help you repair and reuse your beloved stuff! There will also be a “Take-Apart Table” where you can use the tools and expertise available at the clinic to take apart an item just for fun and to learn how it works.
The clinic coincides with Recycled Reads’ Back to School event.
Why buy new when you can have the satisfaction of fixing your own? Sign up!
Vissla and Surfrider |Creators & Innovators | Upcycle Contest
2 new contests for the upcycler in all of us!
Vissla and Surfrider have teamed up to offer the Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest “. From their campaign:
Vissla has once again partnered up with our friends at @surfrider to challenge you to take something that might be considered waste and create something that can be used in the ocean. You must upcycle an old or found object into a functional wave riding craft (i.e. surfboards, handplanes, paipos, fins, alaias, skim boards, boats, etc.) Be creative! All contestants must enter a video or 3-6 photographs showing their project from start to finish via Instagram #CreatorsContest and clearly state your country of residence by September 10, 2017. Winners will be announced at the final event on October 21, 2017.
Rethink Reuse DIY Contest
Jo-Ann’s and Savers have aligned forces to bring us “Rethink Reuse DIY Contest” for the month of July. Show off your upcycle project on Instagram with the hashtag #howireuse—(3) talented winners will receive a $500 prize pack.