Earlier this year @greenpeace released an article with this title ⬆️. Plastic was once the solution to manufacturing cheap and versatile products for everybody - from children's toys, disposable picnic-ware and household items, to the buttons on your clothes.
But now plastic is a serious problem for a number of reasons, including that is takes an enormous length of time to break down - some studies suggest 500+ years on land. It doesn't take quite as long to degrade in water, which is great news.. if you want toxic oceans and waterways filled with plastic particles 😒
Basically this means that yes, every piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere in the world, whether it's taking up space in landfill or floating in plastic gyres in the ocean. And every day it is still being mass produced, consumed - and then tossed away.
While I still have plenty of room to improve, I've incorporated some simple practices in my life to reduce plastic waste in our home. Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of these to demonstrate how achievable it is to minimise plastics (regardless of how 'green' your current household is) and how many common household plastics are actually pretty unnecessary. I'd love to hear how you minimise plastic waste in your home too! ⬇️✌🏼
Beautiful handmade beeswax wrap from @theupcyclingroom ... bit of 'negotiation' from the kids this morning over who got to have this gorgeous print (Ami won because she taught me how to use stopmotion). #reducereuserecycle
Local business shoutout to @wildsageobx! Beautiful, ecofriendly laundry care products 🚰 AND return your glass jars after use for a 15% discount! Love! ♻️🌊 #obxhasthebestlocalbusinesses ・・・
Reduce your use of plastic by returning one of these reusable glass jars for 15% off of your next purchase 🌿♻️
Pinning on some trim onto the collar of the upcycled jacket. I used the front (see the buttonholes?) of a shirt I picked up at a thrift store because I loved the print so much. I edged that with some old ribbon on one side and two different laces on the other that I've sandwiched on with pins and will embroider on. I have to say that I embroider on very thick material and it's not a painless ordeal. I don't like to wear thimbles so my fingers get quite sore.
Here's the sewn on elbow patch... completed. I hand embroidered it on with a running stitch with contrasting lilac embroidery floss. It was some kind of doily in a past life... but it is far more useful and fun as an elbow patch.
Diseño para @coco_eco_comidasconelcorazon 🍴 Alimentos integrales agroecológicos. Sello 6x6 cm para hacer eco-etiquetas, estampar bolsas, tarjetas, etc.
⬇Reduce 🔄 Reuse ♻Recicle
Label design for agroecological & whole grains food on Stamp for eco-stamping of labels, bags, cards...
We have such a great range of mueslis and granolas, it can sometimes be hard to pick one! If it helps you decide this week, our Organic Muesli is on special for only $9.50/kg! Pimp it up with some of our Orchard Fruit Mix, add your milk or yoghurt of choice and breakfast is sorted for the whole family 👌🏼 Feel free to bring your own jar to fill!
“What sort of future are we creating? How can your actions shape our planet?” @justinhofman captured the issue of plastic pollution in a single image, which he hopes will affect people’s lives and create a change. We can help to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans by making small changes to our daily habits that will ultimately have a BIG impact. For a start, you can join the movement of people going plastic #strawfree !
*Rant incoming!* HELP ME UNDERSTAND: when you live in a highly developed country that has stringent health standards and tap water is perfectly safe and are deemed "above national standards", why would one still buy bottled water which comes with single-use plastic, and not bring ones own bottle to carry FREE water?
Would your behavior change if you knew that: The world’s oceans are drowning in human rubbish. Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.
Some seabirds have been found to have nearly 3,000 pieces of plastic - up to 8 kg - in their stomachs, the equivalent of a human eating 12 pizzas worth of food. TWELVE!!! Would your behavior change?
Are you wanting to make the move over to organic food? It can we overwhelming to begin with, especially when it comes to staying within the weekly budget • • • Our number 1 tip = start with the basics, the foods you eat day in day out • • • Think olive oil + flour + rice + pasta + almonds + rolled oats + turmeric etc and then build from there • • • It can be easy to get caught up in the latest 'superfood' trend, keep it simple ✌🏻Image via: @madeleinelumley
#Zerowasteonabudget post of whenever I actually remember to do it or when a new idea comes to mind! Use what you have.
We used to have a Britta filter, but after SOMEONE chewed the lid off and it started to grow mould in the fridge (thanks radar 🐕) we stopped using it.
However, we still had a full box of those plastic filters (better than buying flats of water bottles, but still not ideal)
Rather than waste the filters, we used them up like this. By putting the filter in my canning funnel, and filtering the water directly into our water jug that sits on the counter.
This is the last one, and when it runs out in a few weeks, we'll be replacing it with an awesome plastic free option (which I'll post about when the time comes, just to keep up the suspense)
So the moral of today's story is, don't toss something perfectly useful just because it's not "green" or "plastic free" use it up, and then replace with a sustainable option when the time comes.
Swipe right for step by step. I told them to each pick a material and come show me where they wanted it. I would then hot glue gun it to the canvas. Piece by piece, turn by turn we filled the canvas until we used almost every item we had. We ended up adding some sticks and leaves at the end because well....they are awesome. I spray painted the canvas on my own while the babes were eating lunch and woah, stinky, definitely need a mask! The boys decided on a heart and color scheme and I went to work. Once it was dry we cut up some of our previous projects and I had the boys glue them on to ONLY the white parts (So you could still see the heart) and they went to town. I exampled the 1st 2 pieces and let them go. I absolutely loved this project!!!
So as it turns out Long Beach is an incredible place for being a raw vegan. Here's one of my favorite juices from Rainbow juices (They have about a bazillion different flavors of organic green juice, served in cute glass jars which you can return for a credit towards a free juice.) This is one of my favorites Watermelon Mayhem which features watermelon kale and cayenne among other things!) @rainbowjuiceslb #rawvegan#longbeachvegan#reducereuserecycle
My favorite art piece we've done so far!!! A recycled mixed media piece for @smocks.on mixed media week. I always save our art in a pile so that when I need bright yummy paper I can reuse it and what better way to use it again for more art?!?!? Everything is recycled all the way down to the canvas. I loved this so much I hung it in the kitchen way too soon, the spray paint fumes are still waaaaay too strong so I will let it be for a week or two but this one is going up for sure!!!!
Sorry I have been a little quiet lately! I have been struggling with a little jet lag, a huge workload to return to at my office and with my studies. I promise I will be back in full force ASAP! In the meantime, here's a fav pic from my trip, laughing at a taxi driver who was cracking jokes as I attempted a model pose in front of these NYC cabs. 😂🇺🇸🚖🗽🍎
PS. My hat, skirt and belt are from @goodwillopshop, shirt is from @circle_movement/@circlelimited, bag is from @vinniesnsw.
This skirt is one of my most favorite things that I've ever made myself! Last winter I replaced the cloth aprons on my loom. As I was taking them off I had the idea to make a skirt for myself out of them. They got washed and stashed away. A few weeks ago I finally found just the right pattern, a slightly modified @mccallpatterncompany #m6993 - The fabric is stained and has holes from the staples that attached it to the loom, and I love every bit of it.
Went on a walk today...this isn't a rant, this isn't me patting myself on the back...this is a call to action. We can't change other actions but we can change what's in front of us. Next time you go for a walk...or even pass by...pick it up, ♻️ or toss. Respect our earth 🌏✌️ pass it on...#reducereuserecycle#pickitup#savemothernature#respect
Did you know that there are more mobile phones in existence than there are number of people and that the United States produces more electronic waste than any other country? FCCU wants to be part of the solution so to thank your members, we are offering an e-Cycle drop-off day September 23rd from 9am-1pm @ our Spring Branch location at 9100 Westview, Houston TX 77055. For e-Cycling questions, visit: