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.
Vissla & Surfrider have an upcycle contest!
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.
Zandra Rhodes Zero Waste Design | 30 years on
I am a Pinterest junky. C’est moi. I love combining search terms and see what lovely middle-section Venn diagram pins result. I am very partial to #zerowaste and #fashion #design. This one is from #SoucieTextiles.
Upcycled Gas Tank into Pendant Lamp
From Toronto The Globe and Mail #JULIENGIGNAC
There is a industrial arts studio, Fugitive Glue, in Toronto that upcycles discarded barbecue tanks and makes statement pieces for your home. Just the right amount of distress with your rugged utility!
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
Here are some great #inspo #upcycle photos from DIYNetwork.
DIY Network | Penny Backsplash
DIY Network | Upcycled Glass Votives
DIY Network | Workbelt Organizer
DIY Network | Reclaimed Wood Sliding Door
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?
From #HouseToHome #UK | Revamps for things you already own
House To Home | Tea tin herb garden
Leave it to the UK—more #stylish #upcycling. From a jean pocket organizer to tea tin herb planters, there are a myriad ways to #revamp your home goods.
Berkshire Bohemian | Photo: Jan Gerards
- 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.
- 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.
- It’s creative. Upcycling requires creativity to envision the potential of existing materials to create something new and beautiful.
Via Danielle L. Vermeer from 7 UPCYCLING COMPANIES THAT ARE TRANSFORMING THE FASHION INDUSTRY.
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
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]