@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! 

Calling All #FixIt Folks in #Austin! Come help out at Earth Day Austin!

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

If you would like to volunteer—please go to the Earth Day ATX volunteer page and sign-up! Once you sign-up, the kind folks @EarthDayATX will give details on parking and where to show up.

Are you a #fixer?  A maker of things? A refurbisher? An #upcycler?  Come help us out!  let’s see if we can help #Austinites with their broken items!

Austin Earth Day is coming soon! This year will also be at a new location, Huston-Tillotson College.

#Upcycling made it to @People magazine! What does it Really Mean to “Go Green”?

People Style

People Style

You know you are a #trend when @people magazine picks you up! Ethical, sustainable, upcycled, all methods are part of “going green“. Let’s hope this keeps trending!  Via Sarah Ball.

People Style | Upcycling

People Style | Upcycling

Example of #upcycling:

Honey Rose & K Earrings, $48; honeyrosenk.com

Honey Rose & K earrings

Honey Rose & K Earrings, $48; honeyrosenk.com

 

Cradle to Cradle hosts #FashionPlus CIRCULAR FASHION WORKSHOP in Copenhagen Denmark

Fashion is moving in the right direction! And I mean #circular!  Let’s keep fashion textile waste out of our landfills and back in our revenue streams!

From Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute |FashionPositive.org:

The Circular Fashion Workshop is a learning and network-building event with presentations, discussion and facilitated group exercises covering the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ approach to circular fashion with emphasis on circular materials and principles of regenerative design.

The workshop provides an introduction to circular fashion and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to join – students, designers, sustainability managers or brand representatives large and small.

The workshop will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and is timed to coincide with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Exact venue for the workshop will be confirmed soon and shared.

@ScienceBlogTwit | Upcycling ‘fast fashion’ to reduce waste and pollution

Upcycling

Science Blog | Upcycling “fast fashion”

It is all about the supply chain for “fast fashion”.  How do we reverse the new resources to “trash” cycle?  Upcycle, of course! Is it easy? No.  Is it worth the effort? Yes! We must reverse the wasteful supply chain from raw materials into textiles that will ultimately go into landfills. Throwing mor textiles into landfills creates harmful greenhouse gases. The solution will be a combination of behavior change (slow fashion movement) and creative reverse-engineering to keep textiles out of our local landfills.

From the article:

“People don’t want to spend much money on textiles anymore, but poor-quality garments don’t last,” Simone Haslinger explains. “A small amount might be recycled as cleaning rags, but the rest ends up in landfills, where it degrades and releases carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Also, there isn’t much arable land anymore for cotton fields, as we also have to produce food for a growing population.”

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

@in_gredients Keep the doors open and thrive! Best #ZeroWaste #sustainable store in #Austin!

n.gredients | Indiegogo campaign

in.gredients | Indiegogo campaign

in.gredients has an Indiegogo campaign to help it grow and thrive! It is my favorite #zerowaste business in Austin!

From their campaign:

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!

in.gredients front porch

in.gredients front porch

#FixIT Clinic tomorrow! Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

FixIt Clinic Habitat ReStore

FixIt Clinic Habitat ReStore

City of Austin

Fixit Clinic: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Learn how to fix almost anything including clothing, jewelry and small appliances at our free Fixit Clinic on Feb.11 at the new Habitat ReStore.

Residents can learn how to repair household items, giving them a longer shelf life and keeping these valuable resources out of local landfills.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fixit-clinic-tickets-30340860330.

 

 

 

#AmericaApparel | American made = too expensive? Or too much of “ick” factor?

American Apparel

American Apparel | Was it the pricing or the “ick” factor?

Via TheDailyCalifornian

In theory, I should have loved American Apparel. In practice, not so much.

Dov Charney was the founder and creative director of their now-famous, ick-factor ads.

I think the business model was forward-thinking and if the founder had focused more on production than salacious advertising and creating a toxic work environment—AA might still be a viable concern.

Made in America and ethical production are important and should be promoted.  I just wish this brand had a better outcome.

According to the EPA, about 84 percent of all US clothing is thrown away rather than recycled or reused. Like other organic materials, cotton and wool produce greenhouse gases while they biodegrade. And like other petroleum products, synthetic fabrics just don’t biodegrade — at least not for hundreds of years. There are many ways to shop ethically, with thrifting at the top of the list.

From the article concerning behavior change/buying habits:

Gabby McNamara, president of ReUSE, a campus materials exchange program, said another way students can be more sustainable in their choices is through thrift shopping.

She added that her dream would be to open a store that recycles fabrics into new clothes, but this is a relatively uncommon practice because it’s expensive and time intensive. She she hopes one day this will become an easier and more widespread practice.