Which #Ikea bag hack is better? @TreeHugger

Ikea bag upcycle hacks

Ikea bag upcycle hacks

@TreeHugger | Melissa Breyer | @MelissaBreyer

This list of #Ikea bag hacks from TreeHugger is sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” and all-around awesome!

It will make you feel artsy, a maker, and much smarter than anyone buying the Balenciaga knock-off for $2,145.00.  Yes, you read that right! Hmmm… 99 cents vs. $2k? Damn right—you’re a genius!

 

Ikea or Balenciaga?

Ikea or Balenciaga? 99 cents vs. $2k

 

 

#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.

#Craftsman donates all his tools for an #open #tool #library | Can we have one @austintexasgov?

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

Via KARE11

David Merry donates his time and tools to the St. Paul Tool Library.  David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library.  What is unique about this is the amount of tools and his willingness to pass on his skill set. What I like about this is it is set up as a membership. Members pay a $55 annual membership fee to work in the shop and check out tools.  And, that is comes with help from knowledgeable #makers is a huge plus!

We have Loanables where you can rent extra equipment from your neighbors—we really need a #library where you can borrow the tools and learn HOW to use the tools.  City of Austin would be a great place to start a tool lending library!

 

Earth Day Austin Event Map! Get your Event Map! Whooohooo!

2017 Earth Day Austin Event Map

2017 Earth Day Austin Event Map

EVENT MAP!!! ZOMG ~ this will be fun!

@EarthDayATX is upon us!  Tomorrow @HustonTillotson!

Austin Earth Day is an awesome way to show your appreciation for Mother Earth and Austin! Come on down and have fun!  There is a Kid Zone, Outdoor Activity Zone, Eco Discovery Zone, and an Earth Stage with a stellar lineup!

@EarthDayATX tomorrow! #HustonTillotson | Re-Sourcery will be there! Will you?

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

@EarthDayATX is upon us!  Tomorrow @HustonTillotson!

Austin Earth Day is an awesome way to show your appreciation for Mother Earth and Austin! Come on down and have fun!  There is a Kid Zone, Outdoor Activity Zone, Eco Discovery Zone, and an Earth Stage with a stellar lineup!

 

 

@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!

#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

The Reassembler is for #Makers!

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

1940’s Black Phone