Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Earth Day 2017

Happy Earth Day lovely people! 

I'm going to keep this short and just share these fab tips care of one of my favorite comic-strip characters, Chrostin. Follow Christina and Chrostin on Facebook and Instagram.

Of Upcycled Planters and Keeping a Clear Head.

My friend Lynzie is an 8th grade English teacher, a yoga instructor and one of my favorite upcyclers. A few years ago, I shared her dresser makeover. And if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen her little crate-on-wheels bookshelf.

Last week, Lynzie shared a couple of pics of mismatched vessels she's turned into planters. I asked for the story:  

Jewelry organizer from fallen branches

My lovely friend Tania Rodamilans is a creative force. Not only is she an accomplished jewelry designer, artist and photographer ... she's also the snappiest dresser I know. Just saying. Read more about here.

One of the things I love most about Tania's work is the way she incorporates found materials. Apparently she's good at crafting with them too. For the upcoming Stylemax show at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, she made these "new" jewelry displays out of fallen branches. And because she rocks, she's got the goods on how to make them yourself.

Blackout poetry - upcycling book pages with whimsy

Happy Sunday! This post is about a whimsical way to repurpose book pages. But first, a little reflection on the value of whimsy.

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” - Mary Oliver

I've done both, and now I can see how they're related. Have you ever lost your whimsy? In "Where's my Whimsy?",  Rachel Glaser reflects on her loss:

Fab Green Energy

Welcome to deregulated energy markets! If you're a regular reader then you know I feel pretty strongly about the power of us putting our dollars where our beliefs are. If we want a future fueled by clean energy, we need to buy clean energy. And, thanks to the deregulation of energy markets, that's more possible than ever. I've already introduced you to several US providers and have shared resources for finding providers outside the US. Today, meet Alberta Energy Providers - serving Canada, British Columbia and the United States. 

Here's a little advice from them on reducing your carbon footprint: 

1. Find the best energy company

Your probably want to get your power from an electric company that is just as concerned as you are about the size of their carbon footprint. Therefore, even though you are not in control of their systems, you can help by only using environmentally friendly energy providers. There are lots of them out there, but finding them can be tricky. Look for companies listed on the Alberta Energy Providers exchange. They work hard to produce energy that is as clean as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the energy company's stance on reducing their carbon footprint, simply ask them about it.

2. Make sure your lightbulbs are CFLs

Does this seem like outdated advice? Maybe. But it still matters. So if you haven't already done so, go through your house and replace all of your old light bulbs with the compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs are known to produce the same amount of light while reducing your carbon footprint. Also, people are finding that by using only those types of bulbs, they are able to save money on their electric bills.

3. Use low-flow faucets

With low flow faucets, your experience in the shower won't change but you really will be using less water. Your water bill will quickly decrease because of this, as well as your carbon footprint.

4. Unplug your gadgets and small appliances

Again, this is a small but mighty change that will reduce your carbon footprint while also saving you money. If you use an electric toaster, toaster oven or kettle, these are easy to unplug between uses. And it's actually good for your gadgets to be completely powered down regularly.

5. Carpool and/or use public transit

The benefits of carpooling are quite simple to see. One car uses less gas than two and much less than three. Similarly, riding the bus or train to work helps to reduce the number of cars on the road.

6. Re-use, repurpose and upcycle whenever you can

Instead of buying brand new wrapping paper or gift bags, make your own gift bag. You can use just about any paper that you already have sitting around the house, including pages from an old book. With some cutting, folding, and taping, you can create packaging as unique as the gift you're giving!

Reducing your carbon footprint in a big way is all about making a lot of smaller positive changes. So, what are you waiting for? This is something that you can start putting into place as of right now.