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

Princess Elizabeth Girl Guide

Princess Elizabeth | Girl Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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

 

 

@Marketplace | How to keep #Mom&Pop businesses alive | Co-op model for employee equity

Marketplace | Urban Ore

Marketplace | Urban Ore

via SamHartnett

What I like about the creative solution is the business keeps running with the folks who know how to manage it best—the employees. Finding ways to keep small #Mom&Pop businesses going after owners retire is a valid concern. Most owners don’t want to just “sell out”.

From the article

Berkeley’s reclaimed trash company Urban Ore has diverted tons of garbage from the dump and into the hands of customers, and the company has become a key part of Berkeley’s recycling ecosystem. But it could disappear.

That’s because the owners of the 36-year-old business, Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer, are ready to stop working.

Many of America’s small businesses are in a similar position. Baby boomers hold about 45 percent of the country’s privately-owned businesses that employ workers, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data by the non-profit Project Equity. As the owners retire, many shut down or sell off their businesses.

“We bought it at $3 million and it’s worth three times that now,” Knapp said.Urban Ore’s owners have a different plan, even though selling off the property could prove lucrative. Urban Ore’s three-acre warehouse in Berkeley is a real estate goldmine.

“Both our lawyer and our banker have advised us to sell the property and take the money,” Van Deventer said. “And we say, ‘But we said we spent our lives building the business.’”

 

#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!

 

 

@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!