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!
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!
in.gredients is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood grocer and beer garden located in Austin, TX. Over the last four-and-a-half years of doing business, we’ve established ourselves as a cornerstone of the community, leading by example in zero waste, local sourcing and civic engagement. In that same period, the cost of doing business has risen dramatically, threatening our continued existence.
Please stop by for sustainable shopping and stay for a cold drink on the porch—this is one of the best front porches in Austin!
City of Austin has just the “thing” for you! ShopZeroWaste! We all know the holidays can be overwhelming with choices (and guilt)! If you want to be mindful of your holiday spending this year—LocallyAustin.org is for you! #LocallyAustin is an online searchable database that makes it easy to find #local shops to keep you #zerowaste for the holidays!
It’s sustainable. Upcycling reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing deadstock or gently used fabric to create new garments and products. Making a single cotton T-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water, whereas using a pre-existing T-shirt to make something new requires nearly no water. In addition, upcycling can divert some of the 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
It’s cost-effective. Similar to reducing waste, upcycling can be less expensive since used or pre-existing materials are typically a fraction of the cost of newly-made materials and textiles.
It’s creative. Upcycling requires creativity to envision the potential of existing materials to create something new and beautiful.
One of the new companies exploring using #waste as a resource is Berkshire Bohemian. They make bags that are stylish and upcycled!
Berkshire Bohemian bag
There are more new fashion upcyclers that consider “trash” as fodder for a better product. These #entrepreneurs are creating a more sustainable future. This is evidenced in the move toward #slowfashion and an awareness of the garment industry’s harmful supply chain. Erika Brown (from Berkshire Bohemian) envisions a future where consumerism doesn’t “cost the earth” — meaning that economic gain doesn’t necessarily mean environmental loss.
Creating items for #consumption needn’t be a zero sum game! We can work with what we have—creating desirable items from #castoff unconventional materials. We need to know how our garments and home goods are made. Upcycling is a #winwinwin for all.