Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
3. What non-art or craft related things do you try to do to lead an eco-savvy life?As I think about it, we have gotten more eco-conscious over the years - without really noticing. Menasha also has a recycling program - so our paper, glass, and most plastics get recycled. We also compost and think more about the environment when we make purchases (i.e. compact florescent light bulbs, etc.) The biggest change for me, though, has been that I have gotten into biking over the last few years. We are fortunate to live in a small community, so nothing is a very far ride. I ride my bike to work (I work half time at my 'real job' - !!although my hours will further reduce this spring as my pottery business has grown!) in all but terrible weather, and also do errands on my bike. The biking started as a personal physical challenge - it just happens to be green.
4. What is the one thing you wish people would do more of to contribute to the green cause? Believe that what they do makes a difference.
5. Do you have a green hero? Artist or environmentalist or just uber-eco friend?Wisconsin Public Radio in general, and also Al Gore. I listen to Public Radio in the studio, and they are constantly showcasing green ideas and programs. It makes me feel hopeful and proud of the many people who are committed to this issue. And, I love Al Gore - his book was an eye-opener.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
2. What recycled, reused, or eco-concious materials do you typically use? What is your favorite? My next weaving project is using some of a big bag of fabric scraps to make yoga mats, and perhaps some more rag rugs. I save all of my old clothes that I wear out and use them for lining bags as well as in my rag rugs. My newest favorite material is bamboo, it's an incredibl material, and it's a weed! It grows really fast and it's super sustainable. Bamboo fiber is not only sustainable but it's extremely strong, super soft with a really nice sheen, naturally antibacterial, warm in cool weather, and cool in warm weather. It has the most gorgeous drape too! I am also in the process of trying to figure out a good way to make business cards using handmade paper made from recycled school notebooks.
3. What non-art or craft related things do you try to do to lead an eco-savvy life?At 21 I still don't have my drivers lisence, I ride my bike or walk and when I do need to go a long distance I have to carpool. Sometimes this can be difficult, but it works really well for the most part and not having my lisence prevents me from getting lazy and driving when I don't need to. I hate seeing people drive 2 blocks to the store! I also go to "the greenest college in the world" according to Grist. I try really hard to reduce my waste, I avoid plastic whenever possible, recycle as much as I can, and compost when the weather is warm. I also try to buy local food and handmade or thrift store for my other items. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet supplemented with occasional local free range poultry or fish.
4. What is the one thing you wish people would do more of to contribute to the green cause? Buy local! Locally grown produce hasn't traveled across the country before getting to you so it's fresher, tastes better, and very little pollution was used to transport it. Generally buying local is better than "organic" because the organic guidelines have been so stretched and it's still corporate factory farming. Buying from small local farms is much better for the land and better for you.
5. Do you have a green hero? Artist or environmentalist or just uber-eco friend? Captain planet!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
2. What recycled, reused, or eco-concious materials do you typically use? What is your favorite?I love re-using containers. When we buy food, we usually buy food that has little or no packaging, but when we can't do that, I look for packaging that I know I'll be able to use for storage. I also love that I found felt to use in my OrnaMonkeys line of felt monkey ornaments that is made from 100% post-consumer material (plastic bottles).
4. What is the one thing you wish people would do more of to contribute to the green cause?That's a great question. Adjust their values? Drive less? Watch less TV? Recycle more? I don't know - all of the above? Although I am making money to pay bills by selling things, I still wish people would overcome their addiction to stuff. Conspicuous consumption is a major threat to a sustainable lifestyle. As more and more people around the world imitate the American lifestyle, the earth's resources get eaten up. We'd need 9 more Earths to keep up. We could all stand to buy less, re-use more before we throw it away, and recycle or repurpose what no longer works. And if you have to buy new, at least by something that has been recycled. These days, all kinds of inventive, attractive elegant products are being made with previously used materials.
5. Do you have a green hero? Artist or environmentalist or just uber-eco friend? Jane Goodall. She has started an organization based on her love of primates that is helping teach not only the people of Tanzania (where the chimps she studied live) but also kids around the world, about conservation. Her Roots and Shoots organizations have sprouted 'backyard' environmental conservation and empowered a whole generation of young people to make positive changes in their communities.http://www.rootsandshoots.org/