Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How Much of A Difference is Eco-Fashion Really Making?

Just the other day I was having a frustrated discussion with Nick about sourcing recycled content clothing- or any eco-friendly sustainable fashion for that matter. Specifically after flipping through the pages of an Alternative Apparel catalog that had arrived that day. It might not come as a surprise but 95% of my wardrobe has been purchased second hand- buying gently used items means I can use the money saved to purchase new items that are handmade, eco-friendly, or Made in the USA. Like most of us, we really want the money we spend to matter.

With that being said a few weeks ago I had requested the Alternative Apparel magazine so that I could find out a little more about their company, mission, and styles. Their fibers are dyed from natural elements and made in Peru. It's all documented on the site. They have a line that includes 6.25% recycled cotton and 6.25% organic cotton. Awesome! Right? But a basic white t-shirt costs $30. Ever since launching my own line of t-shirt made from 100% recycled content I'm trying to swallow this idea that's been accepted: Green Fashion is just more expensive.

Yes, organic cotton is pricier than conventional. Buying fair trade by definition means you’re paying higher wages to workers. And ethics are great, but I don't have $220 to buy a butterfly shirt, even if it does benefit monarchs in Mexico.

This left me wondering, how much of a difference is eco-fashion really making? If green clothing is only being marketed at a higher price point rather then being available to the masses.

Will we ever see $5 or $10 basic sustainable organic/recycled tees?

If we can all agree that this is better option for the environment why isn't it so widely accepted?

Why aren't companies switching the way they manufacture and source?

Why are we, as consumers, still supporting the companies who aren't willing to take initiative?

I'm feeling torn in every direction- wanting to support ethical production, but also knowing that organic doesn't always mean sustainable. Check out this chart on LearnVest to find out what/if any your favorite brands are doing to make a difference. As an informed consumer, the choice is entirely up to you. Now, all you have to do is weigh in- and tell me what you think. Is eco-fashion actually making a difference? Post a comment below.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Getting Gunk Off Your Iron: Tipsy Tuesday

Tip: Get rid of sticky residue from the bottom of your iron. Run the hot iron (no steam) over plain paper sprinkled with salt. The coarser the salt the better, but in a pinch table salt will do. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Call me the Hamburgerler

Infinity Tank Top/ Etsy
 Ever since the warm weather hit & grills everywhere have been fired up- I can only think about eating hamburgers. I have no idea what kind of twisted craving this is, but maybe it started when I tasted my first In And Out Burger in Ventura, California last April. Not only did I enjoy my burger "animal style" (did you know In and Out Burger has their own secret menu?) but I also dined at the Best Burger Joint in Ventura- The Hook. Back here on the East Coast we're pretty proud of our hot dogs (Hotdog Johnny's and Toby's are legendary) and pizza- but I will tell you Jake's Wayback is delish and Buffalo Wild Wings Black Bean Burger- Yummo.

With burgers on the brain- I share with you these awesome finds.


Dieters Downfall/ Big Mac Burger

Lostinthepancakes/ Etsy

The Sock Guy/ Hamburger Time!
TrashN2Tees/Heartland Dreams   

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Celebrate the Dad!

Savvy Sassy has a great round up of tees that show dad you love him including one of my own TrashN2Tees Dad Tattoo tees. No surprise with Father's Day just a few days away I'm here scouring Pinterest and your my blogs for DIY Gift ideas... why do we always wait until the very last minute? What will you be doing to celebrate dad this weekend?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sew Like A Rock Star

I literally just walked in the door, hugged the kids, and plopped down in front of the computer. I couldn't wait to upload and share my experience this morning visiting the largest fabric store in the entire state of New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey isn't that big- but believe me the store was. I could've gotten lost in there! And hello!! the pile of remnant fabrics was the size of my living room and kitchen combined.

If you follow TrashN2Tees on Instgram you may have seen me post & promote BERNINA's SEWAPALOOZA events. What the heck is a uhhhh sew-a-pa-looooza anyway? It's an all day (or two day) event for sewing enthusiasts of all levels- we made some rad projects using machine techniques, serger/overlock, and embroidery designs. Complete with foam fingers!!! It was especially awesome to be on hand to help teach the serger project which I helped design- turning a tshirt into a backpack!

The sold out class even had a chance to sneak a peek at some of the upcoming book projects. We talked about different ways you can manipulate a tshirt, making and extending tshirt yarn, and I even showed them how to make some reusable produce bags from their t-shirt sleeves. I found a few kindred spirits here who jump headfirst into projects and love quick & dirty sewing as much as I do.

To find out if the Sewapalooza tour bus is making a stop in your hometown visit > What's New > In Store Events

Monday, March 17, 2014

Creative Woman Who Inspire and Inform

Last week I found myself on Oh My Handmade Goodness 50 Creative Woman Who Inspire & Inform list- whoa! So many of the bombshells on this list I have turned to myself for guidance and inspiration. Alex, Dyana, Isa, Colleen, and Lela just to name a few. So lucky to have the love & support from all of you & special thanks with extra big hugs to Jessika Hepburn for celebrating woman who've overcome challenges, broke the mold, and continue to achieve extraordinary things! Who would you add to the list?
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