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.
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
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—LocallyAustin.org is for you! #LocallyAustin is an online searchable database that makes it easy to find #local shops to keep you #zerowaste for the holidays!
Travis County (Austin, TX) has been selected as the 1st place winner of the Texas Environmental Leadership Award under the Outstanding Recycling Partnership category for the T-Shirts for Hunger Project. The Texas Environmental Leadership Awards are sponsored by Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), a 501c3 non-profit group dedicated to increasing recycling and waste diversion rates by developing end-markets for recycled goods and supporting stakeholder groups throughout the state of Texas. The award program focuses on 8 categories recognizing successes in education, partnerships, innovative programs, and leadership efforts of non-profits and local governments.
T-shirts for Hunger | Travis County TX
Shaun Auckland | Travis County TX
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T-Shirts for Hunger is collaboration with local non-profits, churches, and the Travis County Sherriff’s Office, Transportation and Natural Resources Department, and Health & Human Services Department to provide re-usable bags for county-operated food pantries. Gently used t-shirts are donated through participating schools, churches, non-profits, and businesses and delivered to the Travis County Correctional Complex where inmates learn work skills by transforming the t-shirts into reusable shopping bags at no cost to the taxpayer. The newly created re-usable bags are then distributed with food to those visiting the food pantry located at the seven Travis County Community Centers. Since its beginning in 2014, over 91,000 t-shirts have been diverted from area landfills.
Have you ever wondered what circular design means? Or how we can design waste out of our supply chains? Wonder no more! The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is developing workshops with the likes of BuildingGreen, Google, MechoSystems, Shaw Contract, Steelcase, and Tarkett. Look for a workshop near you. If you can’t make in in person, there are webinars as well!
The workshop series is just one component of a larger movement that leverages the strengths of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to make a greater impact on the Built Environment.
Built Positive is a movement that challenges our industry to build better. We design for circularity, we innovate to improve inputs and recovery, and we quantify positive impact from the molecule to the metropolis.
Londoners can give unused items a new lease of life at the first ’London Upcycling Show’ later this month. #Environmental benefits? Less waste going into landfills. All upsides! #Creativity + Environmental benefits = Win for everyone!