the ReFab Diaries

Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Don't waste your vote: Week 41

Week 41 goals: 

  1.  November 8 is about more than the presidential race
  2.  There are LOTS of ballot measures related to environmental protection
  3.  Do a little research and use your vote to elect representatives who will fight for the air you breath 

One of the biggest changes I've made in the last year is switching to a clean energy provider. For the average US consumer, this wasn't possible until pretty recently. Why? Because it wasn't in the best interest of big oil and gas to allow clean energy to be easily accessible or affordable.

The upcoming US election has been dominated by divisive candidate issues, but there’s one thing that we should all be able to agree on: the quality of the air we breathe is pretty important. On November 8, your vote can elect representatives who get it. If you have kids, vote as if your child’s health depends on it. Because it does. Here’s why:

CLEAN AIR. Vote to stop wrecking the air we breathe. Pollution from fossil fuels leads to poor air quality in too many communities. And increases in smog can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other chronic health problems. Don't sit on your couch and let your right to breathe decent air be voted away to protect corporate profits.

CLIMATE CHANGE. The same pollution that's damaging lungs is linked to rising temperatures and extreme weather events. And our changing climate is, in turn, making smog worse. The overall effect is an increase in respiratory health threats. Vote for candidates who support proposals to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. And vote for candidates and measures that put the US on a clean energy path. PLEASE PLEDGE TO VOTE.

Clean Air Moms Action is the political action partner of Moms Clean Air Force. Their goal: build strong, bipartisan support to protect kids from the health impacts of air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate. By cultivating unlikely political support and mobilizing an army of concerned parents, they're working to deliver climate change solutions big and small.

This fall, Clean Air Moms Action is traveling the country with a documentary film crew capturing the stories of parents who are fighting to protect their children from the effects of exposure to oil and gas productions, high-tide flood waters and ground water contamination from coal ash waste sites. 

Join them and pledge to vote on November 8! 

If you can vote in the US, please don't waste the privilege. It's not just about a president. Google "Preview my ballot" to see who (and what) else you're voting for next month. Use BallotReady to research every name and every issue on your ballot. And to get a sense of what other states are voting on, take a look at the issues by topic here

Finally, get involved and spread the word. Join the #CleanAirMomsVote selfie project! Print out the Because I Love sign, fill in the blank, and post it to social media with the hashtag #CleanAirMomsVote. And search #CleanAirMomsVote to find out what other moms are doing!

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This post was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own.

Week 40 Giveaway! (My Green Traveler)

I'm 40 weeks into my challenge to trim my waste and I'm so happy to be able to celebrate with an EPIC zero-waste giveaway. Really. Sometimes an idea comes along and it just makes sense. That's what I thought when I first saw My Green Traveler on Instagram. They just launched their Kickstarter and I have THREE of these amazing containers to give away.

Read on to find out more about this fabulous reusable to-go container, their Kickstarter and how to win your own Green Traveler. The giveaway is worldwide!

Trimming my waste: Week 39 (milk paint for old glass)

This weekend involved apple picking and pumpkins and all things "fall". And I found myself, unexpectedly, in a thrift store a long way out of the city. The kind of place where nothing has been curated for (or by) a discerning eye. It's just a mishmash of great grandma's stuff that no one really wants anymore.

And there was a lot of kitsch ceramic. Dogs, horses, angels etc. What my grandma would have called "knick knacks". I guess I have some knick knacks of my own, but this It still made me curious though. What can you actually do with an ugly ceramic dog? The answer, it seems, is paint it! Milk-glass paint is especially effective. So here are some ideas:

Upcycle: Tea and coffee pots

Hey - look around! I've been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks working on a big, much-needed site refab. What do you think? I'm really happy with how it looks, but the big goal was to have it be a friendlier place to visit. Hopefully things are easier to find and posts load faster.

Whenever I've had a big break from posting, I re-set with a round of upcycles. Today, it's coffee and teapots. Cafetieres, french presses, teapot lids, espresso pots... you name it. What do you with them some part breaks? Do any of you actually still use a teapot? My grandmother did, because she never made tea for only one person. I never make tea for MORE than one person, so I pop the bag in the mug. And I make coffee-for-one with an Aeropress. So how can we have fun with pots no longer needed for brewing?   

[Interested in how my eating is going? Scroll to the end]

Trimming my waste: Week 35 (low-waste eating cont.)

Week 35 goals:

1. Shop cleaner. Eat cleaner.
2. Boost my immune system

Last week I explained how and why I've committed to eating differently. This week, a little insight into what I'm eating, how I'm feeling, weight loss and lots of links in case you want to try any of this yourself. Then I'll take a break from blogging about food. Just to be clear: I'm not "on diet". If you do want / need to shed pounds, this will work. But that's not why I'm doing it.