T-Shirts to Necklaces

Remember than any of these necklaces could be made from recycled or scrap fabric, not just old t-shirts.  Also, when adding embellishments to your necklace, see if you can use something you already have in your house rather than going out and buying something for it.  This also reduces waste, because the processing for a new product does not have to be wasted.  Try using some spare buttons or beads off of a necklace that broke or even use one of your grandmother’s old vintage broaches as embellishments.  If there is any particular necklace you would like to see a how-to for, let me know and I will try to get it up before the end of the summer.  Happy reading!

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Shirts to Skirts

Here’s a new idea.  Turn old men’s dress shirts into skirts and dresses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few neat little facts to keep you being as green as you possibly can be:

Don’t Patronize Fast-Food Chains.

“Eight hundred and fifty-two million people around the world live in poverty.  Of these people, 815 million of them live in developing countries.  In 1996, governments of the countries that belong to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made a commitment to halving the number of malnourished people in the world by 2015.  At the present rate of progress this target will be achieved in 2150, or more than 100 years late, because of fast-food restraunts.  Meanwhile, no part of the world is spared the wave of fast-food chain restaurant openings, a vertable standard-bearer of globalization.  If you visit fast-food restaurants, think about what you are doing, and make your children aware of the other results of mass-produed food: intensive, polluting agriculture, poor nutritional quality, mountains of non-recyclable packaging, and standardization of tastes” (Bourseiller).

Preserve our natural world as long as we can.  Think about your actions.

here’s something you can do

Here are some more recycled dresses from Project Runway to give you all some inspiration

A Step towards Greener Living for the Week

Reduce your meat consumption, and you’ll feed the world.

“In the United States and Europe, two-thirds of the grain produced each year is destined for livestock feed.  More than half of the grains produced worldwide are not fed to humans.  If it were, it could feed 2 billion people.  This system is too costly in natural resources such as water, soil, and energy sources and willnot be able to sustain the 8 billion people predicted to be living on earth in 2030.  Begin to reduce your meat consumption slowly.  Choose one day a week to eat vegetarian and increase the number of days at your own pace.  The variety of foods for vegetarians and the availability of local farm-fresh organic produce make the vegetarian lifestlye more appealing than ever, and you will be helping to relieve a small part of the pressures of our global appetite” (Bourseiller).

 

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.

Modern Ways to Alter Your T-Shirts

Earth Day, 2012

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

  • 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

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