@Austintexasgov #Fixit Clinic coming 8/19—Let us help you #repair your stuff! @RecycledReadsTX

City of Austin | Fixit Clinic

City of Austin | Fixit Clinic

Want to volunteer your expertise?  Email Teresa Chapman to sign up!

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!


2 Cool #Upcycle Contests! @Vissla + @Surfrider | @1212savers + @JoAnn_Stores

Upcycle Contest

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

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.

#StellaMcCartney makes high fashion from #Ocean #plastic! Now this is #Upcycling! @StellaMcCartney ‏

Stella McCartney | Sustainability

Stella McCartney | Sustainability








Via Mashable

Stella McCartney | Fashion for the Oceans

Stella McCartney | Fashion for the Oceans

Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood have been sustainable fashion icons for years. Vivienne had been “beating the drum”  for a more ethical fashion supply chain for year and Stella has been the “bleeding edge” for savvy designers since the 90’s. Stella has teamed up with Adidas + Parley for the Oceans for #upcycled ocean plastic into the most desirable accessories.

Stella + Parley + Adidas

Stella + Parley + Adidas


From the article:

Stella McCartney x Parley Falabella Go Backpack

Stella McCartney x Parley Falabella Go Backpack

Parley for the Oceans has developed yarns and fabrics made out of plastic trash — think fishing nets and bottles — as a new kind of material for the fashion industry. McCartney has partnered with Adidas to make shoes using Parley’s materials, too.

“To take something that is destructive and turn it into something that’s sexy and cool, how can that not be luxury?” McCartney told The New York Times.

McCartney’s brand will use the material to replace woven or recycled polyester, according to the paper. The brand’s official site doesn’t say how long the partnership with Parley will last, but according to InStyle, items will debut in July.



Guest Blog! #CircularEconomy—Why it is Good for Business! Erich Lawson

Businesses joining the circular economy

Jumping on the Bandwagon of Circular Economy!

Remember the old adage that most of us have heard of: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’?

Circular economy on the lines of this mantra, involves a positive cycle which stands in stark contrast to the wide-spread linear economy which is based on the approach of take, make and dispose.

Circular economy or CE preserves and improves natural resources by optimizing waste in a way so that it can be used as a valuable resource which can be put back into the existing or a new supply chain as a secondary raw material.

Simply put, it is a form of resource match-making. Organizations find out which of their existing waste materials will match with new applications either in their operations or within other organizations.

Its many benefits include lower environmental impact, solution to resource crisis, more competitive economy and much more. It also allows businesses to implement it either independently or collaboratively.

Stages of Circular Economy

  • Stage 1: Production and Consumption

It is essential to begin with production and processes because they form the first level. Hence, if they are designed smartly the entire process of waste management ahead, will be optimized. This is because introducing smart designs and processes at the production stage itself will help businesses save resources, increase financial gains, reduce waste generation and produce sustainably enhanced products. So at consumption level, these products after consumption can easily be recycled and reused. This means lower levels of waste generated.

  • Stage 2: Managing Waste and Secondary Raw Material

The next stage of a CE involves waste management to extract valuable secondary raw material which can either be recycled or be reused. And these materials hold immense value because the not just reduce environmental footprint but also manufacturing costs.

Global Inspiration

Gradually many organizations across the globe are embracing CE and its many benefits. If you are thinking about making the switch, here are some examples from where you can draw inspiration—

  • A majority of companies which are traditional battery recyclers are basically mining companies. So, they have decided to dig smarter into the waste than dig deeper into the ground.
  • Giant groups such as the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development have created B2B material online markets for companies who wish to sell or buy absolutely everything from wood and cardboard to brewery by-products.
  • Many of the UK’s national waste operators are following CE. For instance, SITA figured out a way to use unrecyclable commercial material as a fuel in cement processing kilns. Viridor provides material to recycle plastic bottles to the Coca Cola ECO Plastics plant.

There are many other renowned global brands which have turned to CE to make a difference to environment while taking their businesses to new heights of success.

The old waste industry is now a new resource industry and is at the heart of the promising Circular Economy. So, don’t let this opportunity go to waste; instead, reuse or recycle by adopting CE and move to a greener future, financially and environmentally!


Erich Lawson

Erich Lawson

Author Bio

Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipment can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog.

#Salvage #Upcycling #Reuse #Recycled #CircularDesign … All good by any name!

Salvage Secrets | Joanne Palmisano

Two of my new favorite inspo books are Salvage Secrets and Country Living Salvage Style.  These (2) books have tons of colorful, brilliant photos of what #upcycle designers can do with #salvage materials.  As artists and designers. we have a responsibility to utilizing #circulardesign whenever possible. Let’s work toward Cradle to Cradle design—but #upcycle until we get there!

Salvage Secrets Blog

From Amazon:

Sustainability and conservation are buzzwords in the construction and renovation of homes today. It’s therefore no surprise that “salvage design”―reusing old building materials and other types of recycled goods―is becoming a popular technique, both for its environmentally friendly functionality and for its unique design aesthetic.

Here, award-winning designer Joanne Palmisano presents an inspiring, practical guide that is also a striking visual tour of the full range of interior design possibilities incorporating salvaged materials. From using recycled wood as vintage flooring or accent beams to reclaiming stone as a kitchen island or fitting salvaged tiles into a bathroom backsplash, the book covers a range of materials and design concepts for different rooms and supplies technical information about what to keep in mind (size, shape, color, structural needs, etc.), how to use the salvaged materials most effectively, and where to go to find them.

Salvage Style | Country Living

Salvage Style | Country Living

Salvage Style

From Amazon;

Salvage style—decorating with repurposed and vintage items like wicker furniture, cast-iron tubs, polished marble, industrial pendant lights, and even tractor seats—has become a chic way to create unique, personal rooms. By reclaiming honest materials and collectibles, large and small, all imbued with their own history, you can infuse your home with warmth, charm, and individuality. Let the experts at Country Living show you how to find and make the most of discarded treasures, such as old windows, barn doors, metal military desks, mailroom filing cabinets, factory lamps, and hand-forged iron hooks. Plus, the editors share best practices for bargain hunting and obtaining the most desirable cast-offs, such as antique beams and weathered barn wood. Stunning photos of every room, along with imaginative ideas from homeowners, will spark your creativity and give you an eye-opening perspective on the decorative potential of “trash.”

#GirlGuides in the #UK add #Upcycling for a badge! Via #TheTelegraph

Princess Elizabeth Girl Guide

Princess Elizabeth | Girl Guide

GirlGuides Rewards Upcycling!

Camilla Turner Education Editor | The Telegraph Education | @tele_education

Girl Guides is the UK is the equivalent of our the Girl Scouts. Girlguiding is revitalizing their program and offering new badges for the modern girl.  One of the skill sets you can now earn a badge for is… wait for it… #Upcycling!

How cool is that?  Not quite as cool as a young Princess Elizabeth setting up her own camp site clean-up, but pretty awesome!

#ZeroWaste not just for #hippies anymore! Never was, really | @CNN

Zero Waste is all the rage!

Zero Waste is all the rage!

Via @CNN Isabelle Chapman

Soooooo, now everyone wants less packaging! Yay! Who needs extra stuff on top of the thing that you most desire? No one! Do not hide my purchase in plastic or new resource paper—let my purchase be lovingly ensconced in my very own brought-from-home bag or a #zerowaste reusable status symbol!

Zero Waste isn’t just for hippies anymore

#Austin is on the forefront of zero waste. We have a master plan of 90% diversion rate by 2040.  Ambitious, yes!

Re-Sourcery has featured one of our local businesses helping us get to zero waste, in.gredients.

Austin even has a handy-dandy Shop Zero Waste directory!

Want to become a sustainable green business? Check out Austin Green Business Leaders from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability.