Monday, June 28, 2010

ocean plastic to be used to make vacuums

Waste & Recycling News has an interesting story about Electrolux making a limited number of vacuums out of plastic recovered from the ocean.  I love this quote: "Plastic is a material with many advantages. But when plastic ends up in the wrong place it becomes a problem. To raise public awareness about this issue, Electrolux aims to gather plastic debris from vulnerable marine habitats -- and produce a limited number of vacs out of it."  Very cool!

Pictured is our "bag display" The text reads, "These 400 plastic bags represent the average amount used by every man, woman and child in America, each year."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reused tote bags as aprons

Betz White recently posted three fantastic ideas for reusing canvas tote bags as aprons.  I'm crazy about totes and aprons, too, so once my current schedule slows down a bit, I plan to try a few of these.  Check them out, they're adorable! (and useful, to boot!)

Gardening Apron (pictured) This one is super cute with canvas embellishments. (extra tutorial on that included)

Little Artist Apron I love that she added velcro for adjustment on this one.

BBQ Apron I love that her husband has a beer in one hand and the BBQ tongs in the other in the picture for this one.  It reminds me of my brother grilling.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fill Minds, Not Landfills

S.C.R.A.P. has launched a new program that I love, called Fill Minds, Not Landfills. This program encourages reuse by diverting even more materials from landfills through direct capture at the business. Check it out!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Recycled Arts Festival Next weekend!

This year is the fifth anniversary of the Recycled Arts Festival.  Since I happen to have a teeny bit of inside knowledge (I'll be working the event all weekend) I believe this year's festival will top all others.  It's going to be nothing short of amazing.

At least two of my friends/colleagues will be selling their handmade wares there, as will I. (One of my friends will be featuring my upcycled jewelry organizers in her booth for me, since I'll be working in the Tossed and Found booth all weekend.)

I sincerely hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reused doors as art, fundraiser

Tonight The Rebuilding Center is holding a fundraiser where discarded doors have been upcycled into furniture, art and other lovely things and will be auctioned off.  Check it out!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reused fabric scraps as tablecloth

A few months ago, a colleague and I took a trip to SCRAP. She found a very large bin of upholstery samples and decided to make a tablecloth out of them. Check out the finished product:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Added Resources page

If you look to the right under Pages, you'll see I've added a page for resources. You might find some interesting stuff in there! If there's anything you'd like to see me add, let me know!

The title slide of my presentation. 
This presentation can be found on the Resources page.
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