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! 

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!

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!

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

26 Billion Pounds of #Textile #Waste goes in our #landfills each year!

26 Billion Pounds of Textile Waste per Year

26 BILLION POUNDS

Via Ecouterre

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!

#Upcycling #Plastic #Waste from our #Oceans to build #Shelter ~ GENIUS!

Nev House

Nev House

#NevHyman, who is #rethinking our #waste in the ocean #gyres to #repurpose the plastic into cyclone-resistant housing for people in vulnerable island nations. #Genius!  This is reverse #supplychain ingenuity in action!

From the interview with #SeaChange radio:

Many people living in Pacific nations, like Vanuatu, Indonesia, and the Philippines, struggle to find adequate shelter, a challenge compounded by the elevated risk of structure-destroying cyclones. Meanwhile, miles off their coasts, plastic waste floats in the ocean, contaminating the marine food chain and threatening the world’s largest ecosystem.

Our guest this week is Nev Hyman, an avid surfer who saw these two seemingly unrelated problems and devised a solution. His company, Nev House, uses recycled plastic to build low-cost, fire- and cyclone-resistant, solar- and water sanitation-equipped houses for people living in developing nations. He tells us about how Nev House partners with charities to actualize their business model, how he feels the emergency shelter system should be streamlined, and how this small company will upcycle 3 million tons of plastic waste over the next four years.