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From Upcycling to Zero Waste
Posted on 03/24/2015 | 0 Comments

From Upcycling to Zero Waste

You can find examples of the use of found objects in art throughout the 20th century. However, giving a second life to unwanted items – the concept called upcycling – is a term that came into being in the mid-1990s.* An increased awareness of environmental responsibility has furthered the movement, and we are very proud to be part of that.

But what is rising now is an even more challenging concept called zero waste. Simply put, zero waste calls for a prosperous and inclusive future without waste. The Zero Waste Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon - works with industry, communities and universities to provide high-quality and actionable work that moves zero waste efforts forward. They have been working on this effort since 2002 and making impressive strides. To learn more about their work, go to http://zerowaste.org.

We were thrilled to read this week that for the very first time in 40 years, global emissions have stopped growing.** Scientists are changing the world, one incredible breakthrough at a time. But there are things every one of us can do to make a positive impact. Some examples include:

• Move your thermostat down 2 degrees in the winter and up 2 degrees in the summer.
• Take a shower instead of a bath.
• Run your washing machine or dishwasher only when they are full.
• Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with an LED one.
• AND our personal favorite: purchase eco-friendly and upcycled wares and goods.

Let us know the one best thing you think everyone can do to make a positive impact on the planet.


*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling
** climatecouncil.or.au
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