What Do I Do With… Clothing?

Posted on 27. Mar, 2015 by in Examples of Reuse, What Can I Do With...

Fashion trends change quickly these days. That means people throw away their clothes to make room for more. According to the EPA, the average person throws away 70 lbs. of clothing a year. However, did you know that almost 100% of those clothes can be recycled or reused. The lifetime of an article of clothing can be extended, and thus preventing it from ending up in the landfill. Here are some ways to help you be environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of clothes going to the landfill while cleaning out your closet!

Donating and selling gently used clothing is a great way to keep clothes from going to the landfill. You can sell your clothes in a garage sale or consignment stores such as Buffalo Exchange or donate to charitable organizations such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Here are some local organizations that will also gladly accept clothing donations:

Treasure City Thrift (local thrift store that works toward zero waste) 2142 E. 7th St. Austin, TX 78702

Dress For Success (non profit that promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women) 701 Tillery Street Suite A-5 Austin, TX 78702

The Settlement Home for Children (promotes healing and growth in children, young adults and families) 1600 Payton Gin Road, 78758

Safe Place (strives to end sexual and domestic violence) 1401 Grove Blvd 78741

The Arc of Texas (supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities)

If you’re feeling creative or the clothes have been greatly worn out here are some fun DIY projects you can do to reuse clothing.

1. Keep hold of your belongings in a t-shirt tote bag

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2. Make over old shoes into pretty planters

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3. Alter old jeans into a denim rug

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4. Accessorize your home with a sweater pillow

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5. Change old belts into a chair

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It’s been a busy week @ Austin Creative Reuse!

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Seems like spring cleaning! We’ve been busy retrieving lots of great donations from individuals and businesses and we are just a busy sending these materials out into the world to find new life in the hands of some of Austin’s most creative thinkers.

Just this week we visited:
Girl Scouts of Central Texas – Meeting and SWAP Supplies
Montessori for All – Art and Teaching Materials
Capital Area Food Bank – Canvas Event Bags

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At ACR we always feel like Reuse makes the world go ’round. Nice to have a chance to give it a little push!

SXSW is giving creative reuse materials -

Posted on 07. Mar, 2015 by in Events, Volunteer

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What?

SpinFish & SXSW are extending this successful partnership to the SXSW 2015 Trade Show, seeking to divert and donate over 10,000 lbs of event materials. In order to pull this off we need YOUR help!

SpinFish is looking for individuals, artists, organizations (such as nonprofits and school) interested in receiving event leftovers. Current anticipated items include*:

  •      cardboard (large sheets, boxes, tubes)
  •      vinyl banners
  •      foam core
  •      promotional hand outs (brochures, fliers, tchotchkes)
  •      wood pallets
  •      furniture

 *More items to be added as event approaches. Follow SpinFish on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Who?

SpinFish Event Solutions is a waste diversion and rescue service specializing in keeping event leftovers out of the landfill.  Across 3 SXSW sponsored events, SpinFish has diverted more than 12,000 lbs.

And you!

The only requirement about you is that you’re able to come collect materials in the time you specify.

When?

SpinFish will schedule pickup times for

Mar 18 (Wed):  6PM-8PM

Mar 19 (Thurs): 8AM-8PM

Get Involved and Volunteer

Interested in volunteering? Organize leftovers, network with like-minded folks, and get priority picks for yourself/your group!

Shifts will last 4 hours on March 18th & 19th from 8AM to 8PM.

How?

Contact SpinFish Event Solutions to schedule a pick-up or to volunteer. info@spinfishinc.com

Stay up with the action! Follow us on Twitter @SpinFish_Inc and like us on Facebook.

Board Meeting February 2015

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by in Board of Directors Meetings

February 10, 2015 at 7pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Rebecca, Katy, Angela, Michele, Carole

We’re looking for a rental space!

Thanks to all our collective (that includes you!) hard work during Raise the Roof, we raised enough funds to begin looking for our first permanent rental space! The board is actively reviewing rental properties for our perfect first home.

Amplify Austin

Looking to contribute to Austin Creative Reuse? We’re participating in Amplify Austin on March 5-6pm. Schedule a donation now or come back and donate on March 5th at 6pm.

Thanks to MakeATX for #lasertrash!

We’ve like to give a special shout out to MakeATX #lasertrash! Thanks!

Turning Trash into Treasure with Austin Creative Reuse with KXAN Studio 512!

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by in In the News

Our very own Carole LeClair stopped by KXAN’s Studio 512 to talk about Austin Creative Reuse! In case you missed it:

Making 3D stars

Posted on 17. Dec, 2014 by in Examples of Reuse, How Tos/Tutorials, What Can I Do With...

Whatcha gonna do with old hanging files that have been hanging around your office for too long?

Well, if you are Austin Creative Reuse, do a bit of cutting, then folding followed by a liberal application of glue and glitter. Wha-la, you have the perfect holiday decoration.

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Check this link for templates (or just make your own) and instructions on folding.

http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/making-christmas-decorations.html

Great Gift Wrap Ideas for the Reuse-y Types

Posted on 13. Dec, 2014 by in Uncategorized

It’s Holiday Time which means we are thinking about gift wrap this week.  So often, after the big gift exchange, we are overwhelmed with the piles of paper and ribbon, all of which just heads out to the land fill (or to the recycle bin if your lucky).  Why not challenge yourself wrap with an eye for reuse this year.  Here’s some ideas for a Reuse-y Holiday!

  • Use reusable containers like gift bags, holiday tins or sturdy gift boxes.
  • If you received a bag at the store when you purchased the gift, use that paper or plastic to wrap it.
  • Use old scarves, cloth napkins or fabric scraps for an infinitely reusable gift wrap
  • Look for “reuse” gift wrap around your house, such as newspaper, maps, magazines, wallpaper samples, or grocery bags
  • Use yarn or kitchen twine to tie up your package
  • Make gift tags our of cereal boxes or other boxes
  • Any container can become a gift bag just by adding a bow or glueing a bit of holiday paper
  • Make a gift box out of cereal box (Look for our tutorial on how to do it in our treasure box blog post)

And most importantly!

  • After the big unwrap, do not be ashamed to gather up all the gift bags, gift boxes and ribbon to use next year. It’s like giving the earth a big ‘ol gift just from you!

Here’s a small sample of our reuse wrappers.

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Make Way for Christmas Swap Party

Posted on 02. Dec, 2014 by in Examples of Reuse, Uncategorized, What Can I Do With...

Did you happen to see the Statesman today? Anna Hanks, a guest contributor, suggests doing a bit of pre-Christmas cleaning but holding a swap meet with friends.

No gifts, just bring things you are ready to see leave your home, add some drinks and appetizers and you’ve got a great reuse party on your hands. It satisfies that “joy of giving” urge we all get this time of year without our having to waste time, money or the earth’s resources.

Afterward, any unclaimed items can go to any one of the fabulous non-profit thrift stores, like Treasure City Thrift, Top Drawer, Goodwill or Savers.

Sounds like a new holiday tradition in the making.

How to Create a Beautiful Gift Box – A Reuse Idea

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Examples of Reuse, How Tos/Tutorials, Uncategorized, What Can I Do With...

Here’s a Austin Creative Reuse idea for creating your own custom gift box.  These gift boxes are so cute they are sure to repurposed into treasure boxes to hold all favorite things.  Click on the links below to find detailed instructions.

 

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ACR Record Album Box Tutorial (1)

ACR Treasure Box Tutorial (1)

Austin Creative Reuse Meets Austin Sewing Guild

Posted on 21. Nov, 2014 by in Artist Spotlight, Events, Examples of Reuse, Uncategorized, What Can I Do With...

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On a cold and windy Saturday, Austin Creative Reuse had a chance to meet up with the Austin Sewing Guild, a dynamic bunch of ladies (and a few men) who love to sew.

Those of us who do sew are a notoriously frugal bunch. In this case, frugal does not mean cheap, it means we like to make the most of what we have so left over material and notions are saved for future mini-projects or shared with members of the guild. Each guild meeting kicks off with a wonderful fabric and notion swap. Reuse at it’s finest!

After sharing the mission and future plans of Austin Creative Reuse, it was time for member so show off what they made recently. Several members brought their favorite “reuse” project.

One member who loves to print and dye fabric used her “drop” cloth to make a beautiful blouse, The rich, random colors gave the blouse a lovely batik feel. Another ambitious member made several dresses and one shawl out of a load of old ties. The colors were amazing! There were quilts and coasters made from scraps.  One of my favorites was an adorable holiday dress.  The dress began it’s life as a short sleeved, floor length number which had no styling what so ever.  After being purchased at a thrift store by a sewing guild member with an eye for fabric, she restyled it into a cute holiday cocktail dress.

We will be looking for ways to meet up again with this amazing group, maybe a fabric sale or swap, helping out with a “sewing” themed craft night. Can’t wait to see what we come up with.

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