handmade duct tape wallet photos & notes| sustainability

I have a few sustainability projects I have been working on lately. I am planning on hemming my pants and also making my own slippers out of felt fabric (we shall see how that turns out), but I also recently made some wallets out of duct tape. These photographs show the prototype or the first [...]

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Interview with interpretive park ranger Vivian Wang

Ever since I started watching documentaries about food waste, climate change, fast fashion and others, I began to really look at how my actions were in connection to these issues. I believe this really sparked my passion for nature more than I ever have. I developed a new appreciation for the world. National parks and [...]

Product review: Baggu Chestnut Duck Bag | sustainability

A little story....I feel so lucky to have found this bag. I was exploring my favorite Salvation Army store and came across this gem right before I was going to check out. I felt that it was very durable and cheap: $2. I needed a bag big enough to carry my small laptop and also [...]

DIY: felt food (slice of bread and a piece of cheese) keychains or toys | sustainability

I love sewing with felt. Below are instructions to make a slice of bread and a slice of cheese keychain. I wanted to make a set with a fried egg one I made a while ago. They are now a breakfast sandwich family (with a felt kitty) :) Materials/Tools: -Ruler -Two different colored felt pieces [...]

DIY: mini scrapbook by upcycling toilet paper rolls | sustainability

Materials/Tools: -Scissors -Toilet paper rolls (however many you like) -Hole Punch -Decorative materials like scrap paper/old greeting cards/magazine cutouts/fortune cookie words of wisdom/washi tape -Binder clips (optional) -One shower curtain ring -Glue/Tape Directions: Gather some toilet paper rolls. 2. Fold them down flat. 3. If they are being stubborn, you can clip the edges with [...]

the things I’ll never see

Mount Rainier at Reflection Lakes, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen I went to a poetry festival a few years ago. There was one poet who stood out for me, but I unfortunately don't remember her name. She read her poem aloud. After sitting through and hearing from other poets read their [...]

enclosed is my sentiment | sustainability

To disclose this sentiment, We enveloped ourselves, Packaged our gratitude and attitude In a sealed box for delivery. For the time when, The recipient sees it, opens it, To discover ideas and articulate thoughts. But we can't waste time anymore, There aren't enough supplies To generate and operate. We have to negotiate, We have to [...]

handmade 2018 planner | sustainability

It's that time of year again! I love seeing the different styles of each since starting in 2016. If you'd like to see some photographs for my handmade 2016 & 2017 planners, check out this post called "paper-related items" I published last September. For 2016, I believe I just used a blank notebook and filled [...]

.org spotlight: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine |reducing food waste|sustainability

I always wondered what happens with the excess food prepared in restaurants and sold in supermarkets. A long time ago, there was a bakery I liked in the city that reduced their pastry prices by half after dinnertime knowing that a lot of it would end up as waste by the end of the night [...]

care instructions

The fabric was soft to touch, It reminded me of warm laundry. It smelled clean like towels and sweaters Folded neatly and placed in drawers. The resource warranty expired years ago, Did we not want to renew the insurance? The care instructions on the tags rubbed off. Hand wash-only I think, but we now only [...]

Fashion Revolution Week – who made your clothes?

To learn more about Fashion Revolution Week, go here: http://fashionrevolution.org/ Source of video: The Fashion Revolution YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0JS74vyisaHej_xEq_zZ1w Dear handmade blazer, I remember when I first saw you. I was a child and as children do, I would do little scavenger hunts and fulfilled my curiosities by trying on Mom's clothes or lipstick or [...]

green tip #13 |celebrate mother earth

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. - Marie Curie Earth should be celebrated everyday and Earth Day is a nice reminder to treat our world with respect, kindness, understanding and a bazillion hugs and smiles. I want to admire it longingly, gazing up in the sky when the [...]

green tip #12 | food & packaging| Recycling stations, Terracycle & donating

It's been a while since I've posted something regarding sustainability; although, it's something I think about all the time. For a few updates, I would say I've improved on being eco-friendly with gift giving and recycling. It's becoming more second nature for me to give gifts that are either experience (gift certificates, museum passes) or [...]

the things we own & meaning | sustainability

It's now February, beautiful February. It never lasts as long as the other months, but it does hold quite a bit of quality doesn't? I always think pink. Or red--a nice warm vision (although the weather may show otherwise). With recent events, we can use a lot of warmth nowadays; inside and out. Whenever I [...]

green tip #11 | sustainability | donate or DIY crafts with your used holiday & thank you cards

For those who are wondering what to do with used cards you receive from loved ones or new ones you don't plan on using, here's a suggestion: donate them. I only just learned of this today and I'm happy I came across this. An organization called St. Jude's Ranch for Children have a used (& [...]