New Ideas

As a new idea for our Trash Fashion blog, I though it might be a good idea to update at least once a week either a fact about recycling or an easy way you can help to better the environment.  With that, I would also post a cool picture of some Trash Fashion piece of clothing or accessory for inspiration.  So here it goes for the first one.  Like this post if you would like me to continue doing this.










Compost nonrecyclable cardboard and paper

“You can reduce the volume of your trash by 80% simply by sorting your packaging, and composting all waste that is suitable.  Yard trimmings, food residue, and other compostable items account for about a quarter of our annual waste.  You can add some types of nonrecyclable paper and cardboard to your compost as well.  Their fibers will aerate the compost and thus help the organisms that cause decomposition” (Bourseillier).

Here is a beautiful recycled dress from the TV series ‘Project Runway’.  This dress has all of the modern elements from the sweetheart neckline to the ruffled mermaid style skirt.  This screams chic prom dress.

Work Towards a Greener Environment

Here are a few staggering statistics about trash and waste around the world:

*Mount Rumpke in Ohio is over 1,000 feet tall.  Mount Rumpke is entirely a trash mountain!

*100 acres of rainforests around the world get cut down every minute

*The United States only recycles 28% of its waste where the countries involved in the European Union have an average of 60% of their waste being recycled

*Just one quart of motor oil that is disposed of improperly can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water

*The United States is the world’s largest trash producing country by producing an average of 1,609 pounds of trash per person per year

*Trees logged from forests account for more than 71 percent of office paper used today, with 8 million tons of copy paper used in the United States every year.  That’s equal to 188 million trees

*Americans are often known as “the ultimate consumers,” and for good reason.  The United States is the source of a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the average U.S. household generating more than 80 tons of toxic carbon dioxide gases every year-that’s 22.5 tons of greenhouse gases per person, per year.  In addition, the average American family uses 102,000 gallons of water and creates 3.3 tons of landfill waste every year

*The watering of U.S. landscapes, gardens, and lawns uses nearly 8 billion gallons of water each day

*One-third of all the trash thrown away in the U.S. is packaging materials.  Americans toss more than 75 million tons of packaging and containers-532 pounds for every man, woman, and child-into landfills each year.  And less than 40 percent of it is recycled

*The U.S. transportation system is the largest in the world, and it accounts for one-third of America’s greenhouse gas emissions-more than 515 million tons of CO2 each year

Why aren’t we doing more to make the world more sustainable when enough sunlight falls to the earth every minute to power the entire world for a whole year?  Why aren’t we doing more?  Ask yourself

Here are some easy things that you can do to help make the earth a better place to live:

*Use energy effecient light bulbs.  This will help to lower your electric bill

*Use a water filter and a reusable water bottle to help to put fewer plastic bottles into the landfills

*Ride your bike or walk places that are close to your home

*Unplug your cell-phone charger.  Having the charger plugged in and not having your phone hooked up to it wastes unneeded electricity

*Read the labels on your household cleaners, detergents, and shampoos.  If it has a certified green seal on it, it’s good.  If not, it contains harmful chemicals for the environment and possibly you and your family

*Replace paper towels with a sponges

*Replace paper, plastic, and styrofoam cups, plates, silverware, and napkins with ones that can be cleaned and used again


*Replace meat protein with protein from vegetable sources

*Plant a tree.  Yesterday was National Arbor Day, but it is never too late to celebrate planting a tree

*Buy recycled paper

*Use reusable shopping bags

*Eat fruits and vegetables in season.  This means that there will be no unneeded transportation of the fruits and vegetables you would like to eat

*Try to eat unprocessed, or raw, foods whenever possible.  This will help to keep the water usage down, because all processed foods require a lot of water to produce

*Recycle clothing

*Make those around you aware of the problems.  Not everyone has the same level of awareness of environmental problems, although there is general agreement that the planet should be preserved.  It is up to you to convey the urgency of the problem

People who are doing the green thing:

*There are over 15,000 homes in the United States that are powered by solar energy

*Burger King has pledged to use only cage free eggs and chicken by the year 2017

*Ten Thousand Villages provides fair trade products from all over the world to many locations all over the United States

*Gary Harvey, the fashion designer, has dedicated his efforts to Trash Fashion and sustainable clothing

The Facts and Ideas presented in this post came from:

*365 Ways to Save the Earth, By: Philippe Bourseiller

*True Green: 100 everyday ways you can contribute to a healthier planet, A National Geographic Book


Modern Ways to Alter Your T-Shirts

Earth Day, 2012


  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year


  • Recycle
  • Participate in Earth Day activities
  • Carpool
  • Only buy what you need
  • Reusing

Here are a few fun activities that you can do on this Earth Day, 2012 to help make your lives greener:

Make a pillow out of an old t’shirt you accidentally shrunk in the wash                                                                         

Make a bracelet out of pull-tabs off of soda cans










Or you can even make a jewelry box out of all those small cardboard boxes you have lying around the house

I hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day and do something great for the world

Recycle t-shirts

Environmental and Recycling Statistics For Our Worldwide Viewers

United States:

The last time the EPA reported the national recycling figures was in 2009 for 243 million tons of trash generated:

  • 82 million tons composted or recycled for recovery rate of 33.8 percent
  • 74 percent of office-type paper recovered
  • 60 percent of yard trimmings recovered
  • 34.5 percent of metals recycled
  • 7 million tons of metals recycled reduced greenhouse gas emissions at equivalent of removing 5 million cars from road for one year
  • Approximately 9,000 community curbside recycling programs exist in United States, increase over reported 2002 figure of 8,875
  • Approximately 3,000 community composting programs exist – decrease from reported 2002 figure of 3,227 programs

United Kingdom:

  • On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.
  • Every UK household produces over one tonne of rubbish every year.
  • Every eight months the UK produces enough waste to fill Lake Windermere.
  • It is estimated that there are 90 million redundant mobile phones in the UK.
  • Over Christmas as much as 83km² of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a colour TV for 15 minutes.
  • Glass will not decompose in landfill but can be recycling without loss of purity.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper than making it from raw materials
  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a 60W light bulb for six hours.
  • Once an aluminium can is recycled it can be part of new can within six weeks.
  • If all the aluminium cans sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer full dustbins each year.
  • It takes just 25 two litre drink bottles to make one adult size fleece.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Cyprus:        Problems Cyprus is currently facing regarding environmental issues:

  • Lack of administrative capacity on the national level (for licensing and inspection)
  • Lack of infrastructure for treating recyclable materials in the country
  • Infrastructure for separate collection, sorting and transfer not fully developed
  • Lack of information on separate collection with final consumers
  • Uncontrolled disposal in rural areas may still exist


  • In 2004, Canadian households produced 13.4 million tonnes of waste
  • Almost 3/4 of this was sent for disposal
  • Residential waste increased by 2.1 million tonnes over 4 years
  • Canadians produce 418 kg of waste per person as of 2004
  • 3.6 million tonnes of the 13.4 million tonnes of waste went to recycling
  • Romania:

  • When buying something in a glass bottle, a deposit must be set aside. The deposit can be collected again when the bottles are recycled
  • The same is true with plastic shopping bags
  • One problem here is that recycling bins are not easily found, so most go in the trash bin
  • New Zealand:Environmental Benefits Of RecyclingFor every one tonne of paper recycled:

  • 13 trees are conserved
  • 31,780 litres of water are conserved
  • 2.5 barrels of oil are conserved
  • 4 cubic yards of landfill space is conserved 4,100 kWh of electricity is saved
  • A person uses two pine trees’ worth of paper products each year (US)
  • Globally, the pulp and paper industry pumps 100,000 tonnes of acid rain producing sulphur dioxide into the air each year.
  • Making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
  • Australia:

  • Australia is one of the countries with the highest per capita waste generation
  • Each Australian household produces about 400 kilos of waste per year
  • The most common form of hazardous waste produced by Australians is batteries
  • Items made out of plastic are also very common waste here
  • Australians used 685,000 tonnes of newspaper in 2002 and 500,000 tonnes of it was recycled
  • 95% of Australian households recycled their waste and 83% reused their waste
  •     These are the stats for our viewership from the top 7 countries for our blog.  The rest will be coming