20.2.12

From The Green Room: Upcycling Your Peels, Prada & Proust

It is insurmountably disturbing the amount of waste that happens in the US on a daily basis. Our landfills are packed to the brim and although many have caught on to recycling, there is still much more to be done...
HERE are a few stylishly beneficial ways to divert waste from our landfills:
1) “WASTE NOT WANT NOT”
START A COMPOST:
Nearly 40% of our average daily waste can be composted. Do you compost at home? If you live in an apartment, like me, and you don’t have a personal garden, farm, or yard to put some rich compost to use, like me.... that’s no excuse... you can compost in small quantities 1-2x per week at a community garden!
Composting is easy.  Here’s what you need:
-A large (or small) bin (even a rubbermaid trashcan) 
-Soil (gardening soil does the trick)
-Food scraps (nothing with fat-- no meat or dairy)


2)
“ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE”
UPCYCLE:
There are various ways to upcycle. Whether it is turning an old pair of jeans into a quilted satchel or old wine bottles into flower vases and candlestick holders...
Here are some of my favorite ideas:
“THERE ONCE WAS A PLANT WHO LIVED IN A SHOE”
WAIT!!! Don’t throw out that old, unmatched boot. Use it as a planter. These look really great mounted
on walls or even on picket fences. The sky is the limit here. You can use tennis shoes, boots, heels, whatever!









MAKE-SHIFT COFFEE TABLES...
I work in the furniture industry and if you are looking to buy a rad coffee table (that is NOT from IKEA or TARGET-- blah!) then you're probably going to be spending a pretty penny. 

Why not make your own? All you need is a solid piece 
of glass (tempered) that is beveled on the ends.  Then you can be really creative with the “legs” or “base”. Options that I love are vintage books or old amps. 

IN THE KITCHEN-- a few easy tips.
  1. cut your kitchen sponges in half
  2. dilute your dish soap
  3. reuse condiment/spaghetti sauce jars
  4. rinse and re-use ziplock bags 
  5. use cloth rags not paper towels.
In closing, I would just like to acknowledge the fact that my Grandmother was probably one of the “greenest” gals I know... Not because it was hip but because she grew up in the Great Depression, when wasting was abhorred.  Take a peek into your family history to find out just how thrift-savvy your loved ones were -- take away a tip or two!
xoxo,
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2 comments:

Stylicious Fashionista said...

Hi Annalise!

Interesting post here! :D Thanks for stopping by my blog! And yep, art school grad here ;D Replied to your comment on my blog! ;)

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Annalise said...

Thanks & thank you for stopping by as well! Yep, ASG too :) replied on your blog comment section as well...
xx- Annalise

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