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
New Year ~ New Inspiration!
Veranda | Inspiration
When I am in the doldrums and can’t figure out what to upcycle next—I usually peruse Veranda. The magazine features the most innovative designers working today. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can read it for free!
Over the break, I also checked out two other inspiring books:
Upcycle 24 Sustainable DIY Projects
I found a wine crate in poor condition over the holiday break. I was struggling to find a use for it. I think a small bench will do! Do you have a found piece that you can’t find a use for? Upcycle it!
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!
26 BILLION POUNDS
We’re Sending 26 Billion Pounds of Reusable Textiles to the Landfill Every Year!
That roughly translates to about 78 pounds per person per year. Do you really need that Zara hoodie? Do you think that you will be wearing that Forever 21 blouse in two years’ time? #FastFashion has seen it’s last “hurrah”—we cannot keep sending perfectly wearable clothing to our landfills. #Repair or #upcycle them!