RubbishTalk: Will You Be Forced To Up-Cycle?

Considering this theory:
I was thinking again, and this gets quit dangerous when that happens,but I thought to myself this:

" we are all going to be forced to up cycle eventually."

This theory crossed my mind because,because of the fact that we are already adjusting  for more elbowroom  for our current circulating trash, and are now we are expanding!
  So lets ponder about this for just a moment: 
  •  Population is at :311,591,917 as of July 2011
  •  How fast is the world's population growing?
In terms of net gain (births minus deaths), we are adding over 200,000 people to this planet every day, or 140 EVERY MINUTE. That equates to 70 million more people every year, about the same as the combined population of California, Texas, and New York. Although we have made encouraging progress in slowing the growth rate, any rate of growth is unsustainable in the long term,  so we must stabilize population soon for the good of future generations.
  • How much rubbish do we produce?

 America produces an absolutely gargantuan amount of trash -- so much that it's difficult to picture. But here's a shot: According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2008, each person in the United States created a daily average of 4.5 pounds (2.04 kilograms) of solid waste [source: EPA]. Since there were roughly 300 million people living in America at the time, together, they were generating approximately 1.35 billion pounds (about 612 million kilograms) of garbage every day. To put that estimate in perspective, the average blue whale -- the largest mammal on the planet -- can weigh more than 100 tons (99,800 kilograms) [source: American Cetacean Society]. Assuming we are dealing with only modestly sized, 100-ton specimens, the United States throws away about 6,750 blue whales worth of garbage every single day.  Info from discovery channels:planet green
So with the amount of people and the amount of rubbish we produce we are going to be sitting on toxic communities before to long....
  We are totally blind to the full effect that trash will have on our America in the near future.
The effects are already showing: politicians are paid to sign off on illegal dumping and waste site constantly, and not only does this effect the empty handed but,the up-town citizens of wealthy communities. Can you imagine five hundred thousand dollar homes with toxic landfills in there backyards, it is already happening!

Jerry Lawson from NewsFlavor makes an interesting statement Your Backyard Should be a Landfill.

-Should we be responsible for our own trash?

-Would it really change how much rubbish we produce?

-Would it teach everyone the practical use of up-cycling?

- I wonder how as a nation it would change our lives?
  
OK, back to my thought... 
 I would consider the theory that at some point we as Americans will have to up-cycle and  for the simple fact that it will be trash or treasure for us. What do I mean? I mean we will be sitting on top of a trash pile or we will be utilizing it and that will in-turn force most to up-cycle.
     
I guess we will have to see what the future holds for our youthful little country.
 Sometimes I wonder what makes us think we have advanced so much when we cant even solve a problem such as trash.
 Talk to you later <3 Shana



Pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!!

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Here is a my pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!
Below are the pictured instructions and text to follow as well, 
if you don't understand something or have questions please let me know I will
do my best to answer all questions!




Ok so I have seen a lot of these up-cycled plastic bags, where you fuse the plastic bags together with wax paper and an iron, my tutorial starts after the actual fusing of the plastic bags so here is a tutorial for that here if you need it!
So lets add our own flair!!


Here are the steps that follow the pics have fun :)
1. I have fused my bags together and made sure that the edges are straight, ( I dont have an actual size because it could vary with your plastice bag fusing), but you do need:
-2 pieces that are the same size for the sides of the bag
- 1 piece for the bottom that is the same lenght as the two side pieces but 
not as wide
2. measureing all sides to make sure the are even and matching up to one another
3.&4. I  am adding  lace to the sides
to give it some pretty flair and I am measuring the sides of the plastic bags 
5. I am measuring my lace to fit the sides of my bag and then cutting to match
6. Lets Sew!
7. using my pins to mark put together the sides and the bottom 
8. sew all sides together inside out
9. Flip bag out, and you have your self a cute little basket...add straps and you have a pretty little up-cycled bag!


  
I hope you enjoy all this tutorial I will be making more and I will update you on my newest upcycled bags!!
Have a great day,
<3 Shana
Check this out for more inspiraion
http://1goodthingblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/manic-mondays-fusing-plastic.html#.UJMZildSSVp

UPDATE! Diy Upcycle your Magazines!

Sorry everyone I havent been posting as often as I usually do, I have been pretty sick I am having some complications but hopefully soon will all be worked out, but I wanted to post something to keep everyone busy!

Ok, Stop throwing away you magazines and newspapers, instead  you can up cycle them into something cool and useful!
If there is one item that can accumulate a multitude of, it would magazines! I know right know that you could probably stop by your doctors a school, Church's and many other places and they would give you a pile of magazines if you needed them.
 But here we go this is a tutorial that I found that shows you how to make your own up cycled basket from any recycled paper! You can even sell them if you get good enough at it! i hope you enjoy!

Diy Looked Over Items that will Spruce up your home! For Almost NOTHING!!

These looked over items, I run across a lot of and most the time they are shoved away, I thought may this would inspire you guys if you have some of these items to do some diy home decor! Enjoy the list!!


Green Door Diy:
I have seen so many doors tossed into attics and basements, because they are replaced by new plastic or metal ones, Yuck! I would rather keep the wood door, but sometimes they need replaced because they just cant serve there purpose anymore, well here are some great ways to still keep those old doors around and looking great!

Chalk board door! 


Make your own, at home even if you didnt have it hung as a door on a frame you could prop it agianst the wall and still use it as a chalkboard for kiddos. Chalkboard paint is EXPENSIVE, so here is a homemade recipe too for making your own Chalkboard paint!
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 {YEA EXTRA TUTORIAL} MAKE YOUR OWN CHALKBOARD PAINT!!!
Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!), 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (this can be purchased at most hardware/home improvement stores, we got ours at Home Depot), mixing cup or bowl, spoon, paint brush and an object or board you plan to paint on.
1. Measure out your paint and grout. The unsanded grout is a fine powder so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
2. Stir the grout into the paint until no lumps remain. 3. Paint your surface with your new custom chalkboard paint! The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so only mix what you need at one time as it won't store as well as other paints.
Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.
Chalkboard 5
Back to doors..........
Love this one Coffee Table of doors
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 Doors for your garden..Beautiful!
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Door Shelves.....
door-upcycle 
Door couch...
door-upcycle 
 Door Headboard{one of my Favorites!}
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Wooden Ladders
 These are another great item that is looked over and tossed to the side, if you can get your hands on one there are some great ways  up cycle some home decor!!





 These are so cute and so easy to do.....I hope you are inspired by them like I am !


Drawers 
  This is one I didnt really think about off the bat, but when I Saw some diy for this I was like DUH, why didnt I think of that....Drawers make great home decor!
 Make planters, wall art...So much fun stuff!


Old Windows
this is another Item I sometimes I find in the attics and basments of old house that would 
be perfect for some of these projects!
Reclaimed Window Coffee Table

 the secret to having it all is knowing you already do




I like the vintage fabric


Old windows and chalkboard love! 
Ok I hope that inspired you all to go out and find some stuff in your attics to up cycle! Let me know what you find I am always curious to see what everyone is up too!
Have a great Day!
<3-Shana

Signs for the Holidays!

Do you need a unique gift Idea for the Holidays? Well I have a great one that is sure to please everyone! Handmade, custom made signs!I custom make signs for any occasion and they make the perfect gift for someone because:
1. They are totally Custom!
  Does someone you know have a favorite quote, saying or word? Children are especially fond of them to hand in there room. Picking someones favorite colors and words that express who they are make for really special gift!
2. These are Handmade, no two are a like and are made special to order!
3. Up-cycled wood is used so these are Eco-friendly and have so much character because currently the boards im using are 100 years old!
4.Because they are Eco-Friendly they are inexpensive!!





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