Yesterday’s News Makes Home Fashion Headlines

Recycled Newspapers Wrapped with Cotton Become Rugs
Who would imagine that discarded newspapers could be the heart of something as useful and durable as a rug?
Apparently the folks at Blue Dot did. They’ve taken cores of recycled newsprint and wrapped them with colorful coats of cotton yarn to create visually delicious floor-coverings that consumers want in … Read More.

Wearable Food Trimmings

Food Waste is Fodder for Fashion in the Bio-trimmings Project
By Katie Cordrey
Bio-trimmings images courtesy of Hoyan Ip
London-based Hoyan Ip, a 2012 MA Fashion graduate, observed that food waste could help offset fashion industry waste. So, she set about using discarded food to make buttons, buckles, and other garment trims.
Ip says, “Fashion represents change. Bio-trimmings are … Read More.

Astute ‘Adoornment’

Cabinet Doors Become Artist’s Canvas
Bright colors, a love of nature, a sense of delight, and a practiced hand all contribute to the look and feel of Elizabeth See’s oil paintings. At first glance, her work appears to be rendered on traditional materials. Closer examination will reveal that she uses discarded cabinet doors and cut-offs from … Read More.

Inner (tube) Beauty

Artful Accessories from Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes
When Julia Garretson looks at bicycle inner tubes, she sees jewelry. When others look at her jewelry, they see- well… Jewelry.
As a member of Portland’s Trillium Artisan Etsy Team, Julia is one of several local artisans dedicated to using recycled materials in her work. The end result is a … Read More.

Workplace Recycling

Ever wanted to set up a recycling program for your office, but just didn’t know where to begin? Erick Thompson over at IndustrialSpace.net sent us a link to his step-by-step guide. You can check it out at IndustrialSpace.Net. Let Erick, (and us) in on any other tips you might have and let us know what … Read More.

Four-legged Lawn Mowers and Landscape Helpers Can Cut Your Grass and Your Carbon Footprint

photo: Cornell University
One way to take care of your lawn without cranking up a fossil-fuel driven machine is to hire an animal to do it. This little infographic from Movoto blog will let you calculate the number of critters, depending upon animal type and size of yard, that you will need to get the job … Read More.

Urban Salvage and High Tech Trash

Story/photos by Katie Cordrey
IMS Electronics Recycling has been housed in a Port of Vancouver-owned building since 2007 and is home to an impressive operation that keeps countless tons of toxic and noxious materials from landfills and out of the hands of less conscientious recyclers.
According to IMS’ Regional Business Development Representative, Jim Powers, e-waste comes from … Read More.

Farm to School

The ABCs of Fresh Food
An innovative effort to bring locally-grown foods to Oregon’s school children and to help them understand where their food comes from received a big thumbs-up when the Oregon State Legislature unanimously passed House Bill 2800 in July.
HB 2800, aslo known as the “Farm to School and School Gardens” bill provides $200,000 … Read More.

Sustainable Schools-Sustainable Solutions

The Zero Waste Alliance’s Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative, SOSI (pronounced “so see”) has taken a systemic approach to fostering healthy school environments by engaging, educating and inspiring individual schools, districts, and the organizations that support them.
Oregon’s schools comprise an infrastructure large enough to house one-fifth of Oregon’s population and that means they have a large … Read More.

Skin is No Obstacle for BPA

Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA, is an industrial chemical component of many widely-used items including plastics, resins, canned food linings, and paper goods. Studies have suggested that long-term or high-dose exposure to the organic, estrogen-like compound disrupts the body’s endocrine system and may be linked to cancer, heart disease, intestinal damage, reproductive problems, erectile dysfunction, … Read More.