This weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer cleaning up #Kingsmanisland near Benning Road & #rfkstadium . Let me first start off by saying #washingtondc has so many great places that are often overlooked and second we have to take ownership and pride in our neighborhoods by keeping them clean. This event was sponsored by @oceanconservancy. I learned about @surfriderdc. Teamed up with @oceanbowlbook to find more ways of engagement with conservation, literacy and #STEAM for the kiddos. It was great to see so many people come out to clean #anacostiariver . 😊
Having care, concern and awareness of our waters and neighborhoods has to be our concern. Keeping our 🌊🌊waters, rivers & oceans clean is largely dependent on our behaviors. Pick up trash🗑, cut back on plastic, #recycle ♻️, honor nature and the creatures in the ocean 🐬🐠🐋🐙. Find a way to help our city be a great city! #202#beintentional#beawesome#itsajourney#JOY#aspired2inspire
New Blog post! Do it yourself.
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This is a series of blogs around my little adventours of upcycling. Let me know what you think about the blogs and what you've made!
On behalf of @globalpaintforcharity I would like to thank the Antica Posta Buckhead's team for hosting our special fundraising event to support the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We had a great turnout of amazing friends, colleagues and meet new friends! We would also like to thank our board of directors, staffs, volunteers, and donors for incredible support in Atlanta areas. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!
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Andréa, du blog @la_delicate_parenthese, a réalisé pour @18h39_fr un pas à pas pour fabriquer un adorable support de vase minimaliste tendance laiton. Pour cela, il vous faudra quelques barres de vitrage dorée, des joints de robinet et des tés de robinetterie.
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I can’t believe how much admin I’ve got done today just by being uninterrupted! I’ve shut myself away at the top of our house with the calm of the top kitchen and uncluttered space to think in... New Website text all now done - just the pictures (and some hard scrutiny and editing!) and we’ll be ready to launch at the beginning of November - it’s been such hard work but so exciting!
One of the reasons I find my home here so calm is that everything has been specifically chosen for the house and a very edited style (for me!) We’ve recycled SO many pieces from Suffolk - recovering and decluttering and placing them with care in a new space has given everything a fresh modern feel: We’ve also filled the walls with contemporary art - fabulous works from #brocketgallery and #woolwichcontemporaryprintfair which holds its 3rd fabulous interactive art fair this November - we’ve bought our online tickets already as it’s one art event I’m determined not to miss!
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What do you do for self care? It's important. Especially for those of us who are givers, always putting others before ourselves. We have to take care of ourselves so we have it to give. This photo came up on my FB memories from four years ago. It was a wonderful self care day I spent alone, wandering, shopping, hiking and dipping my toes in the already chilly water! I wish I was on my way to do this again!
THE STORY BEHIND OUR ECO STRAWS. "It all started because I survived a cyclone in a grass house." Caniçu is a local grass, from the family Typhaceae, which grows abundantly in the wetlands that surround the Inhambane area. It has been used for many years as a building material. Bundled together and tied into walls for huts and houses. It’s a cool but dark and mosquito riddled home. So after the cyclone many people chose to rebuild their homes with the more durable and conventional concrete brick.
Picking up the straw that was strewn around in the rebuilding processes got me thinking. Watching an educational video on Facebook about a turtle with a plastic straw up its nose and having it extracted with forceps got me horrified. Guilt got me motivated. I used to work in packaging manufacturing in a previous lifetime.
Caniçu is pithy and not naturally hollow. However it can be cleaned of pith and made into a Sustainable Straw, which can be used for drinks and smoothies, cleaned and popped back into your bag for use at the next occasion. I made the decision to get rid of all our plastic straws in the cafe that I own and switch to a sustainable product.
Finding a supply of the raw material was easy, as I mentioned local people wanted brick not straw, so plenty for sale at all informal hardware stores. Essentially we have repurposed building material.
Cleaning out the straw is a laborious task with many breakages and losses. We then cleaned them and processed them so that we had quite a snazzy looking end product.
A couple of local restaurants were interested in the product so we started making more of them. Then there was a man on holiday who asked if he could buy a couple of thousand. Suddenly we became a production line and I was roping friends in to help out with counting and packing. It was Nic James who came up with the foolproof counting method.
There was a huge interest from everyone that used one of our straws. They wanted to take them home, wanted them for their restaurants, their cafes, from countries all over the world. #ecostraw#ecofriendly#bamboostraw#reuse#recycle#savingtheplanet#bethechange 🌍😊🥥