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“Imagine a plastic bottle that dreams of becoming a pair of jeans, a steel food can that wants to breeze by as a bicycle, or a shampoo bottle that continues to bring smiles to the beautiful faces of children as a hairbrush. Would you help to make their dreams come true if you could?”

This is a campaign by Keep America Beautiful.

This is a great campaign that will hopefully get people thinking about giving single use items , a new life as something else.

Plastic bottles can become clothing or park benches.

Steel cans can become new bicycles.

Making items from recycled items takes less energy than making making things from raw materials.

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Here are some great tips for green Spring cleaning from Treehugger.

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Spring is finally here! And if you haven’t started purging half your belongings like me, you can still do your spring cleaning responsibly. I will be using these methods to clean my new apartment when I move in next week. Ah! So soon!

http://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/7-tips-green-spring-cleaning-without-toxic-chemicals.html

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This is a great way to up-cycle your clothing and accessories.

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I did a lot of purging today, and man I was ruthless. I went through some of my closet, dresser, and drawers. Most of the time as I was going through my things, these thoughts popped into my head:

  • Wait, I still have this?
  • OMG, how old is this lotion/chapstick/nail polish/ etc.?
  • Did I wear this in high school?
  • I would not be caught dead wearing this
  • How many purses does one need?
  • I barely wear jeans, do I need 6 pairs?
  • Someone else will appreciate this more than me
  • When was the last time I did gymnastics, 6th grade?
  • I’m pretty sure the elastic in this has disintegrated

purge pile1 The beginning of what I dubbed, “The Purge Pile”

purge pile2 “The Purge Pile” begins to grow

purge pile4 “The Purge Pile” starts to take over my doorway.

purge pile3 All of the boxes in my closet that are headed to the recycling bin

My plan is…

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This is a great idea.

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I shop for groceries twice a week. I use about five produce bags on each trip. That’s 10 bags a week, 40 bags a month, 480 bags per year. Whether or not I recycle or compost the bags (if…

Source: N.O.W. idea #5: Switch to Cloth Produce Bags

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Check out this blog review of People Towels and how they can replace paper towels.  Pretty cool idea.

paper towel alternative

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I am betting right now that you have an exorbitant amount of t-shirts. The are stuffed in a number of places throughout your room. They are under your bed, in your closet, and in your dresser. Maybe you even have some in a bag in the basement because you just can’t seem to part with them. When I moved to DC for a semester in college, I remember having a hard time deciding which 6 shirts I should bring with, then I somehow lost one, and I was weirdly upset about it.

You have collected t-shirts since you joined your first team sport in Kindergarten (that would be T-ball for me, see below).

t ball Yup, this is from t-ball in the 90’s. Still have it. Under my bed.

You have shirts from school clubs, events, volunteering, and grabbing one shot from a t-shirt gun at a college basketball game. We clamor and fight…

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Here are some examples of Trash Fashion shows used to promote recycling, upcycling, and sustainable living among college students.

http://green.uw.edu/promote/snapshots/trashion-show

http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4157

http://wasteadvantagemag.com/wsra-recycled-fashion-show-holds-open-call-for-designers-and-models/

http://www.fiu-eco-couture.org/   It was a senior project by an architecture student.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658254967619383.1073741840.393013250810224&type=3          Part of Eco-Mania 2015 at Lehigh University by their Eco-Reps.

 

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