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Weekly Tips | April 11, 2011


Add flair to your wardrobe by reusing and repurposing old clothing, shoes and common household items. Plastic bags, snack wrappers, ripped clothing, mesh produce bags, duct tape, old sheets – any material you can think of, can be upcycled into new clothing or fashion accessories for yourself or little ones. There are a wealth of "trash fashion" resources in print and online which provide ideas and detailed instructions for getting started. The sky is the limit when it comes to what can be re-created: turn old tires into shoes, old sweaters into pet beds, pillowcases into skirts, or cereal boxes into hats. If you are looking for local inspiration, ReStore’s 10th Annual Recycled Arts and Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 16, 2011. As part of the celebration, Ballard’s Blowing Sands Glass Studio is hosting a recycled art exhibit through May 8th. 


Resources: Crafting a Greener World | Eco-Craft Books | Sew Subversive) | Sweater Pet Bed | Pillowcase Skirt | Junk to Funk | The Ecoist | ReStore DIY Resources | TerraCycle | Blowing Sands Glass Studio) | ReStore Fashion Show | Love & Trash Blog | Craft Foxes | ReStore 10th Annual Recycled Art and Fashion Show


The Big Picture

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, US residents generated 4.34 pounds of waste per person, per day in 2009. In one year, this added up to a total of 243 million tons of trash. While 33.8%, or 82 million tons of this waste was recycled or composted, the rest was sent to a landfill. Little by little, everything we buy, use and dispose of adds up. What can you do to use creativity to reduce waste? For ideas, visit Crafting for a Greener World, Love & Trash, the ReStore, The Ecoist, Craft Foxes, Junk to Funk or TerraCycle. Source: US EPA 2009 MSW Report


Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.

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