December 16, 2013
Christmas is nine days away...officially right around the corner. If you're like us, and the holiday season snuck up on you a bit this year, you may be searching for some really great last minute #DIYs. We've rounded up a bunch of projects that will get you in the holiday mood. Most importantly, they all reuse, repurpose or upcycle items in the process...something that's sure to get you on the "nice" list.
Warning: if you're a grinch, this post may cause your heart to grow three times in size.
|We knew we'd win him over.
December 12, 2013
Sometimes your coworkers win really important awards for their outstanding environmental work and you just have to tell the world about it.
PlanetReuse's very own Brian Alferman was recognized by MARC during it's annual Solid Waste Management Awards Ceremony. The highly regarded Mr. Alferman - whose commitment to social change organizations is only slightly better known than his pingpong skills - was honored as the 2013 Individual Supporter. The accolade is presented to someone who has made "exceptional contributions and commitment to the district’s waste reduction and recycling efforts."
We couldn't be prouder to have you as a colleague. Here are a few pictures of the man of the hour.
|Brian giving a speech after accepting his award.
|The award, made out of recycled glass, of course.
|All of this year's Solid Waste Management Award winners.
|Brian modeling his newly won award at the office.
December 11, 2013
Tis the season...for reuse! The weather turned downright frigid and forced us inside in recent days, causing us to dream up DIY projects to fill our hours while we wait for Old Saint Nick. What better way to celebrate the holiday than making cheerful decorations? Especially if those Christmas-y creations reuse, repurpose or upcycle items in unexpected and awesome ways.
Below is a roundup of delightful DIYs that reuse light fixtures, lanterns and burnt out lightbulbs. It's a torrent of terrific ways to trim your tree and add merriment to your mantle.
November 21, 2013
For me, Thanksgiving is a time to sit back and reflect on how lucky I am for a plethora of blessings, everything from the ordinary (that girl at the cafe gave me an extra cookie!) to the huge (job, house, family). Celebrating the changing season with a big meal surrounded by loved ones puts me in a permanent good mood (and a prolonged food coma), and in the weeks leading up to the big day, you'll find me crafting holiday decorations.
Below I've rounded up several awesome DIY projects that reuse, repurpose and upcycle everyday materials into terribly terrific Turkey Day treats. Because, for us at PlanetReuse, being thankful means using what you've got and stopping to appreciate all the little things along the way.
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November 15, 2013
That’s right, it’s officially time for GreenBuild! Need a little convincing of how great the conference is? We've rounded up 5 reasons not to miss this event.
FIVE: All of your (environmentally friendly) friends will be there.
November 20-22 will find Philadelphia, PA teeming with passionate people concerned with the future of sustainable building. As one of our favorite events of the year, it's a chance to gather like-minded designers, builders, suppliers and other eco enthusiasts. The largest conference of its kind, GreenBuild aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable innovation with industry showcases, networking events and educational speakers.
FOUR: The opportunity to attend the interactive session led by Anne Nicklin, Elise Zelechowski, Michael Ross and David Walsh.
The title of the program is "The Reincarnation of Building Materials" and the discussion will center on providing opportunities to reuse materials in creative and conscientious new ways. If you're at GreenBuild, do yourself a favor catch this session on November 21st at 3:30 in room 122, 100 level. You won't be disappointed.
And if you have a quick 60 seconds to spare, let BMRA know what will be on your mind at GreenBuild.
THREE: See how natural disasters have created a unique opportunity for building material reuse.
Our own Nathan Benjamin, along with Jeremy Knoll of BNIM and Ryan Evans of Henderson Engineers will lead a panel centered on the importance of rescuing, salvaging and repurposing materials in the face of natural disaster. You'll be amazed by the stories of triumph over tragedy and the innovative ways people have found to sustainably rebuild after the storm. Come check it out on November 21st at 8 a.m. in room 118A, 100 level.
TWO: Hillary Clinton is giving the keynote address.
Hear what is sure to be an interesting, inspiring and educational speech by the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
ONE: Bon Jovi will be there. Enough said.
November 12, 2013
It's hard to not be discouraged by the amount of waste that goes into making the stuff we buy, wear, use and eventually get rid of.
Lately though, one company is giving us reason to be hopeful for the future.
When you think of Nike, that iconic swoosh probably comes to mind. Or one of their legions of sponsored athletes, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, etc., telling you to Just Do It. Or shoes outfitted with the latest athletic technology, promising to help you run farther, jump higher and play harder. The most popular brand in the sports world is known for many things. But as one of the largest retailers of athletics shoes, gear and equipment, sustainability hasn't always been one of them.
That's why we were so excited to learn Nike is now turning its eye towards a more closed-loop approach to business. Their Considered Design
philosophy looks for ways to reduce waste and limit environmental impact through the manufacturing process. The Reuse A Shoe
campaign aims to recycle shoes into sports surfaces like basketball courts and running tracks. Their company-wide strides toward lowered impacts
on water, labor and waste can be tracked through their site.
Their push to make their built environments more eco-friendly has accelerated in recent years, and they consistently incorporate reclaimed and reused materials into their office buildings, warehouses and storefronts. Their latest move to build a retail space in China completely out of repurposed trash was covered in this great piece
by Earth 911.
Oh yeah, and they're still making super rad shoes. Keep it up, Nike.
November 07, 2013
A good desk can make all the difference. It's a catalyst for creativity, a push towards productivity, a gentle nudge in the direction of neatness. We've rounded up a collection of DIY desks that use repurposed or upcycled materials in really beautiful, unexpected ways. These desks aren't just functional (which they are), they're also a surprise in stylish sustainability.
So grab a couple power tools, carve out a few hours of time and get your build on. Whether you're using to read, write, craft or create, you'll have a piece of furniture that's sure to be on your (very short) list of favorites.
By: Sarah Rendo
October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween! We're so excited to celebrate with trick-or-treating, an afternoon party and lots (we mean LOTS) of tiny candy bars. If, like us, you tend to wait until the very last minute to make those holiday decorations, fear not! We've rounded up a handful of scarily smart Halloween-themed DIYs that aren't only spookily stylish but also reuse items you have around your house!