@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—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!

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

T-shirts for Hunger wins STAR award! @TravisCountyTX

Travis County Texas

Travis County Texas

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

 

 

 

 

 

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

T-shirts for Hunger | Travis County TX

Shaun Aukland | Travis County TX

Shaun Auckland | Travis County TX

T-shirt bags ready for clients

T-shirt bags ready for clients

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.

#CradletoCradle + #BuiltPositive movement! #circularvaluechains

Cradle to Cradle | Built Positive Movement

Cradle to Cradle | Built Positive Movement

Built Positive Movement

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.

My favorite new phrase? #circularvaluechains

#Savannah is a #hotbed of #creativity & #upcycling!

Charles Scarborough | upcycle artist

Savannah | Upcycling

What’s Old is New Again—The Business of Upcycling! Via #BusinessInSavannah | Heather E. Ohlman

Savannah businesses making a living from discarded materials. Every piece is different and bespoke.

#Upcycling is different than recycling because it increases an item’s worth or quality through reuse. The level of transformation varies by piece and practitioner.

Here is a list of proprietors who make magic from “junk”:

Fish Art Gallerie

Two Women and a Warehouse

Momma & Her Girls

Finders Keepers Furniture

Lily Bay Studio + Bazaar