Sharing ideas for green living; fun eco-crafts, DIY projects!

Hi guys,
Now that the haze has constrained us to being indoors – here’s what you can do to occupy your time at home (and well declutter too!). Here are some ideas to breathe new life into some stuff you readily would have around the house but perhaps no longer utilize.

How’s the many things you can make out of your old T-shirts.

Such as my man of steel bag LOL – made out of an old T-Shirt during the Omysg Panasonic Craft Workshop at City Square Mall.

And one of the little girls who gamely modelled her new bag made from an old blouse of hers.

This is a great workshop to teach to kids – since kids outgrow their clothes all the time.

Other crafts include:

Necklaces!

More T-shirt Tote Bags!

Accessories :)

See, using the same technic of weaving strands out of the fabric cut from your tshirts – you can turn them into a ball of yard, a coaster as illustrated below, a hairband even or ornamental fun things you can convert into a necklace or keychain/tassles. (Believe me I can go on about this hahaha)

Here’s a coaster made from strands of fabric from old Tshirts.They are effective as they as really absorbent :). Larger ones can be used as placemats for pots and hot cooking pans :)

You can create them from random strands of tshirt cut outs. Or perhaps from tshirt yarns you can create during free time.

LINK ABOVE.

You can use this yarn to knit or crochet (for crochet you will need about a size 10 or 12 hook, depending on the width of your yarn). You can also use it for macrame, or to weave a rug.  You even use it to make funky necklaces!  The possibilities are endless.

I love hairbands ! esp colorful ones or hippie looking ones.  Like this

Embellished with beads perhaps :)

This was my Tshirt strand braid created from 3 strands of fabric :) Easily convertible to a hairband for little nieces or even for friends and family as well no?

 

Don’t know how to tie braids? Well just

Just cut a wide strip of t-shirt, sew ends together with just a few stitches by hand (or use a hot glue gun), and embellish with fun flowers or ruffles. This is what you can create!:)

Saying goodbye to this Man OF Steel T shirt.

SNIP SNIP SNIP – now it resembles a Singlet LOL

And Tadah! Happily transformed to a tote bag now – as per this picture.

As you can tell us eco bloggers are quite a happy united bunch :)

ONTO SOCKS

Drawstring sock pouches or even gloves is a great way to recycle those single socks whose partners were eaten by the washing machine LOL.Learn how to make a drawstring pouch out of socks, gloves, or mittens. Follow these instructions to make one.

You’ll need

1 sock, some ribbon, 1 scissors, 1 safety pin.

(or a mitten/ or glove)

 

 

Once it is strung thru, tie a knot at the ribbon ends.

 

Here’s one really creative mommy I met during the craft workshop- love the hearts she drew and her unique way of stringing the ribbon :)

You can also put your socks over potted plants to make em look instantly pretty :)

I hope you enjoyed reading this!

PANASONIC ECO TIPS

  • In order to reduce the use of energy, switch off all the lights when you leave your room.
  • While having a bath, to save water put off the shower while soaping and have a bath less than 5 minutes.
  • Every time you leave a tap of water on for 5 seconds you waste a liter of water.
  • Electrical appliances will continue to use energy till the main switch is put off. Please ensure you do the same.
  • Compact fluorescent lights save electricity consumption by 80% as compared to normal light bulbs.
  • Reduce plastic bag usage by carrying your own eco bags when you go shopping. MAKE YOUR OWN TOTE BAG Today!

Love shopping when you travel? Reject those plastic bags by remembering to pack a large shopping bag into your luggage. I do this all the time when I head to bangkok and major shopping cities.

Resources and more DIY instructions can be found on:

http://www.caroselloblog.com/2011/07/diy-recycled-t-shirt-cuff.html

http://www.moredesignplease.com/moredesignplease/2010/6/6/diy-recycled-t-shirt-tote-bag.html

http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/02/50-recycled-t-shirt-craft-projects.html

http://www.ourlifeisbeautiful.com/2011/03/anthropologie-squeezebox-top-diy.html

http://www.littledeercreations.com/2013/05/diy-tutorial-make-your-own-recycled-tshirt-yarn/

Dr Sylvia Earle – On Paradise Lost

Dr Sylvia Earle – on Paradise Lost.

Oh how I love her. And god, has she got humor. :)

Why you should listen to her:

Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.

“We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”

Sylvia Earle

She shares with us on why we must protect our oceans in the video below from 2009.

I know for most of us, while the Ocean seems like a huge distance away, thinking about how we can help to conserve it might seem a distant thought.  But here’s how you can, by making a choice to not eat blue fin tuna, sharks fin, and more. To be more aware in your purchases – ie: Putting your money where your mouth is. Since that’s one of the most effective ways you can impact the owners of brands.

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea. The poet Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love; none without water.”.

Not sure where to start? First, hold up the mirror and ask what your capabilities are. A lawyer? Use your skills to weigh in on legal issues. A teacher? Educate your students about why the ocean matters. A parent? Take your child to the ocean and look at the future of the ocean with their eyes. A child?Ask an adult to take you to the ocean, and together, imagine the future if you fail to take care of the living ocean that makes our lives possible. Letters from kids to corporations and even officials including Presidents of companies and countries have a magnified impact on those who receive them. They will not know that you care unless you tell them. Tell your friends too, share this video, share you knowledge, if you seem them doing something wrong, urge them onto the right path? Know someone who is planning a wedding, encourage them to take sharks fin off their menus. Know a hotel who has made a pledge not to serve it despite of loss of profits – send them a note of appreciation! Egg them on..

QOTD

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect? Whatever it is, a fraction of one percent is not enough. My wish is a big wish, but if we can make it happen, it can truly change the world, and help ensure the survival of what actually — as it turns out — is my favorite species; that would be us. For the children of today, for tomorrow’s child: as never again, now is the time. – Dr Sylvia Earle

And a segment of her transcript which really hit it back home.

The poet Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love; none without water.” Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is ocean. No blue, no green. If you think the ocean isn’t important, imagine Earth without it. Mars comes to mind. No ocean, no life support system. I gave a talk not so long ago at the World Bank and I showed this amazing image of Earth and I said, “There it is! The World Bank!” That’s where all the assets are! And we’ve been trawling them down much faster than the natural systems can replenish them.

Tim Worth says the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment. With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea. Over time, most of the planet’s organic carbon has been absorbed and stored there, mostly by microbes. The ocean drives climate and weather, stabilizes temperature, shapes Earth’s chemistry. Water from the sea forms clouds that return to the land and the seas as rain, sleet and snow, and provides home for about 97 percent of life in the world, maybe in the universe. No water, no life; no blue, no green.

Using Google Earth you can witness trawlers — in China, the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico — shaking the foundation of our life support system, leaving plumes of death in their path. The next time you dine on sushi — or sashimi, or swordfish steak, or shrimp cocktail, whatever wildlife you happen to enjoy from the ocean — think of the real cost. For every pound that goes to market, more than 10 pounds, even 100 pounds, may be thrown away as bycatch. This is the consequence of not knowing that there are limits to what we can take out of the sea.

For the full transcript, please visit http://www.ted.com/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans.html

Singapore Blog Awards 2013 – www.aletheajayne.com has been nominated!

Hi everyone :)

I’m a nominee for the Singapore Blog Awards 2013, in the category which I feel very strongly for. The Panasonic Best Eco Challenge Blog Category :)

I’m one our of the following 10 blogs that support and covers eco news so pretty sure I’ll enjoy reading their blogs too.

To my friends and readers, please do support my blog with your daily vote!

Votes are open from now till 23 June 2013

You can vote once a day at

Voters stand to win GREAT PRIZES from Panasonic :) such as camcorders and stuff.
So you might just get lucky like my voters who had won awesome gifts from Hitachi HadaCRIE and Tian Po in my previous contests.

 

xoxo

Alethea