LIbrary of Things
According to a new study “Buried: The State of Stress and Stuff“—we are burdened by our stuff. Is there an antidote? Why do you think KonMari is so popular? And the #zerowaste movement is gaining momentum?
How about we start sharing what we have? We all donate, right? But, that begs the question of will we buy more? Sadly, yes. However, if we have a Library of Things where we could have that “thing” when we need it and put it back for others when we are done—isn’t that a good thing?
#TheGuardian has a great article on “Is the Library of Things an answer to our peak stuff problem?”. The article posits that if we had a repository for oft-used items—could we share?
I would love to think that every community could have their useful-things-library! And a coterie of experts who could help you use them.
Here are a few links to get us started on the road to sharing items:
Library of Things
Keep up with a LoT Twitter @libraryofthings and a catalog of things in the UK that you can borrow.
Libraries of Things an International Trend in Sharing
Tech.Co 3D Printing & Upcycling
3D Printing + Internet of Things (IoT) + Upcycling = Environmental Goodness!
When you combine upcycling with 3D printing, you can create some really cool stuff with things that are lying around your house. From @DiLabrien + Tech.Co
Then add the Internet of Things (IoT) with 3D printing and you have innovation as we have never seen before!
Now that 3D printing is mainstream, home users and designers have been challenging themselves to come up with some creative ideas that combine items created using 3D printers with items that already exist in the home or entirely new items that will be connected via the IoT network.
Back to School in Recycle Style! | Join us for our Bash!
Teachers do you need materials for your classroom? On a tight budget? There are several thrifty and environmentally-friendly places in Austin to get materials for your class.
Check out these great *Free* or nearly free resources when setting up your classroom this week. Austin Materials Marketplace has a database of searchable materials that other businesses have as “waste”. If you are a teacher or a non-profit—most of these materials are free!
Looking for art materials for your students? Austin Creative Reuse has wonderful materials for a low cost—check out their new storefront at The Linc. Your inner art geek will be so happy!
Recycled Reads is having a “Back to School” Bash on Saturday August 20th to help students make reusable lunch bags and learn how to make healthy #zerowaste snacks! While you are there—peruse all the recycled books that will speak to your #frugal soul and your curious students.
Finally, did you know that #Austin has a Reuse Store at their Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center? You might find exactly what you are looking for! They also have re-blend paint if you need to spruce up some items in your room.
Austin Materials Marketplace
Sign-up and start searching for free or nearly free materials on Austin Materials Marketplace!
Who is the best #zerowaste hub in Austin? Recycled Reads!
Austin Creative Reuse
Love art supplies? Austin Creative Reuse has what you need!
Arts & Crafts
City of Austin | Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center
Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center
Many materials that are dropped off at the center are in usable condition. These items go to the ReUse Store, where other people can pick them up.
The ReUse Store is free for everyone.
Availability varies, but items include:
- Art supplies
- Cleaning products
- Household chemicals
- Automotive fluids
Austin ReBlend Paint
Austin ReBlend paint is recycled from paint dropped off at the center. Austin ReBlend paint is free for individuals and nonprofits. It is not available to businesses.
I am in love with Airy Blue and Aurora Red! Full color palette.
Pantone Fall Color Palette | Airy Blue
Upcycled Smoothie Bottle
I troll the sub Reddit “/r/upcycling” for inspiration—I love the elegance of this upcycle! Via akierom on Reddit.
From the Christian Science Monitor The Monitor’s View
Clothing Waste | Rethink
Manufacturing a ton of new fabric requires nearly 200 tons of water, the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates. And growing cotton crops accounts for 24 percent of the insecticides and 11 percent of the pesticides sold worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The concept that any material eventually becomes useless “waste” is being challenged. The “reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy is helping humanity find more sustainable ways to feed and cloth itself.
I really want us to reconsider our #supplychain for fashion and home goods. Find the #waste and #upcycle it until we can get to “Cradle to Cradle” design for everything. C ‘mon folks! We can do better—we can change the way we are using precious resources.
From Director UK
Artisanal = “Slow”
“Slow” is proving popular and profitable. In an age of diminishing prices and profits, the slow movement offers a rare opportunity for brisk sales. Some 61 per cent in the US and 82 per cent in China consider slowing down a “luxury”.
Think of “slow” as a profitable mindset. Think artisanal. Think bespoke. This kind of thinking is on trend. Methinks this is a trend I can get behind. Slowing down = Luxury. Luxury is having less THINGS but having them well-made and lasting. Less things = more time. I like this equation.
The Reassembler is a #BBC show in which James May explores the intricacies and engineering marvels of various objects by putting them back together again from a pile of hundreds of their component parts. It is a “slow” program to illustrate how things are made. #Makers will love this show! May takes apart a mower, guitar, and a telephone. I had a a 1940’s black phone that I rewired to work with our modern electrical outlets. They had me at “reassemble”!
1940’s Black Phone
@RecycledReads Back to School Bash!
5335 Burnet Rd. | 512-974-7460
Want more recycle hacks for back to school? Check out 4 Easy Recycling Hacks for Back to School from Waste Wise Products, Inc.
Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe
Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe is almost open! I got a sneak peak yesterday and they are using #upcycled window panes for their menus! I love how the black background “works” with the neon erasable markers! Check out their window menu—and stop by for nommies once they open!
Please support their #entrepreneurial endeavor! Here is their GoFundMe site for Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe. I am so looking forward to a latte in downtown Liberty Hill!
Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe | Upcycled Window
Liberty Hill Bakery & Cafe | Upcycled Window Menu