Junk to Funk Trashion Collective in Portland, Oregon

Junk to Funk is having its 5th year anniversary party, “Transformation”, on Feb 5th in Portland, Oregon. I wish I could be there for it, as it sounds amazing!

Details below:

Join us for the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective’s 5th year anniversary party “Transformation” on Saturday, February 5th.  This celebration will be a gallery installation showcase featuring new recycled fashion garments from our top “House of Trashion” and “Trashioneer” designers to provide a fun, new way to experience trashion off the runway; up close and personal.  The event will also serve as the re-launch of the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective, highlighting our new programs and upcoming projects.

And for a bio of Lindsey Newkirk, the co-founder and ‘Chief Instigator’ of Junk to Funk, check it out this page.

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Plastic Bottles as House Insulation

Not sure where these people are from, but my friend Anand sent me this.
What a great way to reuse plastic bottles!

And I love the way these plastic bottles don’t just provide insulation – they also create pretty star patterns.

Craftzine’s “Save My Ocean” Contest Winners

Craftzine recently hosted a Save My Oceans contest, where participants submitted their upcycled plastic creations. Unfortunately I just found out about this contest, so it’s too late to enter. But each day this week, they’ll be highlighting one of the top five entries. And the Grand prize winner will be announced next Monday. I’ll be mentioning the top five creations as Craftzine posts them.

More plastic upcycling projects can be viewed at the Save My Oceans Flickr pool.

Plastic Bag News – Fukuro Chan

Charles Ward, a resident of Matsumoto City in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, has used manga to raise awareness of unnecessary waste. After biking across Japan as part of his activism campaign, he’s now promoting Fukurochan, a cute plastic bag comic strip character intended to encourage people to reduce the use of plastic bags. A full article about Charles Ward’s endeavors can be viewed here.

On my recent trip to Japan, I noticed that they have an extensive and complicated recycling system (which various from area to area). But I also noticed that with it’s craze for takeaway food, vending machine items, and pre-packaged meals…Japan also generates much more plastic waste than many counties.

One interesting thing about Japanese culture is that they have an intense fascination with all things “kawaii” (cute), which extends as far as giving faces to inanimate objects.

I think Charles Ward’s method of using cuteness to teach an ecological message in a way that is attractive to the Japanese is pretty genius.