#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

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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!

@AustinZeroWaste welcomes @JimmyFlannigan to our Tuesday April 25 meeting @RecycledReadsTX!

Austin Zero Waste Alliance Welcomes Jimmy Flannigan

Austin Zero Waste Alliance Welcomes Jimmy Flannigan

Just a reminder that next Tuesday, April 25, Jimmy Flannigan, Austin’s District 6 City Council member, will be presenting at our Austin Zero Waste Alliance (AZWA) meeting. We will be meeting at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, at 7 PM. We’d love to see you there! 

Jimmy Flannigan is the new council member for Northwest Austin (District 6) and has progressive momentum for Austin! Learn how Jimmy is planning “What’s Next” for Austin. Come to the meeting with suggestions and find out how city council is planning for our zero waste future. 

We’ll see you there next week—spread the word and let your friends know! 

Austin Zero Waste Alliance Meeting tonight! @RecycledReadsTX

Austin Zero Waste Alliance

Austin Zero Waste Alliance

Austin Zero Waste Alliance meeting tonight @! We welcome Joanie Arrott, President of North American Hazardous Materials Management Association . We’ll see you there at 7! Let’s get Austin to !

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association

Recycled Reads

Recycled Reads

@qz #Greenpeace #Recycling #Textiles won’t help—let’s #make durable, repairable #clothes!

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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!

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

#ReLoved—Why I love it

Reloved Magazine | Upcycling

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.