New Reclamation ReFashion Class!

Terrabluteams (http://terrabluteams.org/events/) and R to R team up to offer a wearable art workshop. Let your friends know there is a workshop to guide people to R to R skills.

Saturday, July 25th, 1-4PM at Scala Art Center, 23 W. Main Street, Georgetown, MA

New class!  Wearable Art from Recycled Resources (Level 1)  $75@

(Includes $20 materials fee)

R2R.1Would you like to learn how to make elegant fashion from recycled materials? Have the opportunity to work with a renowned painter and reclamation artist that will inspire your ideas and bring them to reality? And all while supporting two sustainable non-profit organizations?

Learn new techniques, how to deal with several provided recycled materials and those you bring from your own waste-stream. You will handle several different materials, and learn how to actualize them into differing design formats for fashion; this includes jewelry, accessories, and household items.

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At the end of this workshop you will have a pair of earrings, the beginnings of a garment or accessory, and a toolbox of ideas for future projects. Bring your questions, a journal for notes and your sense of humor!

After you register with PAYPAL, you will receive instructions and a list of materials to collect.

3 hour Workshop, some materials provided. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 12 students.

Please bring a shoebox worth, or more, of materials you can recycle from your own waste-stream to make fashionable art.

Your fashions could be featured in an annual runway event, Rubbish to Runway in October in Newburyport!

*****All proceeds after costs go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org and www.lwhome.org.

Becoming a Sustainable Human

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Becoming a Sustainable Human (Week #26)

The WHAT and WHY:

We are halfway through our 52 week sustainable best practices exercises for 2015.

After writing my July 4th Sustainable Holiday guide last week and realizing all the meat that was being consumed, I thought we might take a look at population growth. On July 11th global citizens will observe World Population Day. Did you know that the world population surpassed the 7 billion mark in 2011? One of the greatest challenges we face today is figuring out how we are going to sustainably use our remaining limited resources while allowing future generations to meet their needs.

According to the UNFPA’s 2012 Population Matters for Sustainable Development Report for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a call to integrate population into the water-food-energy nexus is the missing link in sustainable development. According to the expert panel from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge University, population councils and other distinguished institutions we need to recognize:

• Population dynamics have a significant influence on sustainable development;

• Efforts to promote sustainable development that do not address population dynamics have, and will continue to, fail; and,

• Population dynamics are not destiny. Change is possible through a set of policies which respect human rights and freedoms and contribute to a reduction in fertility, notably access to sexual and reproductive health care, education beyond the primary level, and the empowerment of women.

Here is the UNFPA’s 2014 Report on on the Costs and Benefit of Investing in Reproductive Health called Adding it Up.

This week’s practice is to empower yourself with the capacity to change your unsustainable behaviors. Not because you need “points” from a gamification website or the green initiative software at work, or because you will avoid fines, penalties, carbon taxes or imprisonment but because it is the right and healthy thing to do for yourself, your family and community; and will leave a world inhabitable for your children and your children’s children.

The Top Ten HOW:

1.   Change one unsustainable habit at a time.

2.   Make it simple, start small.

3.   Write down a 30 day plan.

4.   Ask for help and support, as there will be sabotagers.

5.   Become publicly accountable. Do it with a friend, a group, post it on your blog, write a column.

6.   Exercise, rest and drink lots of water.

7.   Use visualization, have a mantra and give yourself rewards.

8.   Engineer it so it’s hard to fail.

9.   Avoid situations and people that support unsustainable habits.

10. If you fail, try again. Obstacles can be overcome. Regroup, let go of guilt and just try again.

So let’s just do it, embrace radical openness* and cultivate an evolved sustainable world.

Let us know how you are doing!

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The Deep Dive:

The State of World Population

UNFPA 2014 Report – The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Population Milestones

Promoting Sustainable Behavior

How Radical Sustainability Can Save Your Business

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center

The Sustainable Declaration of Independence

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 8.52.21 AMThe Sustainable Declaration of Independence (Week #25)

On July 4th, 1776, 56 of our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate our independence day with fireworks, parties, barbecues, carnivals, concerts, public speeches and family reunions.

Can we lessen our carbon footprint on such a day and still have fun?

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The WHY and WHAT:

We not only think we can, we believe it is imperative that we do. The Popes Encyclical and the Dalai Lama‘s position on climate change can no longer be ignored by the 321.2 million Americans that celebrate this holiday.

In two weeks, Americans will ingest 890 million pounds of beef, pork and chicken and 155 million hot dogs. Imagine the impact of all the refuse from those events, the fireworks, and the carbon footprint of all those burgers, hot dogs and steaks.

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This week’s practice is to become independent from our current cultural conditioning by shifting to a more sustainable holiday tradition, remembering the true spirit of the Declaration.

Instead, try one of these recipes from the Vegetarian Casserole Queen:

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The HOW:

We have our Top Ten suggestions for you:

  1. Read the sustainable version: The Sustainable Declaration of Independence, an adaptation by Dr. Susan Krumdieck, 2008. (Transition Committee of Oamaru, NZ) Consider helping your community adopt this statement.
  2. Buy reclaimed wood furniture for your outside recreation areas.
  3. Try Sky Orbs instead of fireworks; they are simple to launch and create an amazing spectacle in the night sky.Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 5.37.40 AM
  4. Consider using public transit or cycling to your July 4th event.
  5. Having a vegetarian Independence Day limits your GHG/carbon impact. Several great menu’s can be found on the Healthy Happy Life, the Vegetarian Spotlight, Cooking Stoned, or the MisoVegan.
  6. Instead of ice cubes, consider the Scottish way of cooling with On the Rocks Drinks Chillers.Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 5.39.24 AM
  7. For the kids: make Red, White and Blue Ice Pops (from Inhabitots)
  8. Party organically with VitaFrute.
  9. Recycle, repurpose any waste and/or compost any leftovers.
  10. And most of all, connect with family and friends; share the love, laughter and joy of living a sustainable lifestyle. (“Enough for all, forever”)
Let us know how what sustainable ideas you practiced this holiday on twitterFacebook or comment here.

The Deep Dive:

DIY Vegan, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, and Refined Sugar Free Red, White and Blue ORGANIC Popsicles

Eco Picnic Basket

Preserve EveryDay Plates

Solar String Lights

Recycled Fire Pit Sources can be found here:

http://art.johntunger.com/2007/07/isosceles-recyc.html#.T-9t4Y4U7Vs

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Recycled-Hammered-Copper-Fire-Pit-With-Safety-Screen-30/5640614

Reclaimed wood outside dining pieces can be found here and here.

The Transition Towns movement

http://transitionculture.org/