Posts tagged unconsumption

unconsumption:

“What would you do for the world with $1 million?” asks TED, and the organization isn’t just tossing out a conversation-starter, as it will be giving that sum to someone.
I am on the record on this subject: My cameo in the documentary Objectified records me saying that if I had the dough, I’d launch a branding campaign on behalf of “Things you already own — enjoy them today!” (I may have said “a billion dollars” in the film, but a million would be enough to get things rolling.) (This is Rob Walker posting this item, by the way.)
In that spirit, check out this project: Shaz Madani / Look What You’ve Got:

‘Look what you’ve got’ takes everyday objects from around the home that have been discarded and encourages you to reconsider and appreciate them in a new light. These outcomes have been brought together and catalogued in a small format book and exhibited with the poster and accompanying object.

I guess it’s a couple of years old and doesn’t seem active at the moment, but if I ever get that marketing budget, I’m getting in touch with this person immediately! 
Anyway I should also acknowledge that Unconsumption and the Uncollection are in fact attempts to promote that spirit of “enjoy what own (instead of feeling compelled to buy something new).” Although our budget is approximately $1 million shy of $1 million, I still like the idea of “branding” things that already exist, as I wrote in On Earth recently. And we of course still welcome your participation, as described here. 
Oh, and if you want to tell TED to give us that $1 million, you have until August 31!

unconsumption:

“What would you do for the world with $1 million?” asks TED, and the organization isn’t just tossing out a conversation-starter, as it will be giving that sum to someone.

I am on the record on this subject: My cameo in the documentary Objectified records me saying that if I had the dough, I’d launch a branding campaign on behalf of “Things you already own — enjoy them today!” (I may have said “a billion dollars” in the film, but a million would be enough to get things rolling.) (This is Rob Walker posting this item, by the way.)

In that spirit, check out this project: Shaz Madani / Look What You’ve Got:

‘Look what you’ve got’ takes everyday objects from around the home that have been discarded and encourages you to reconsider and appreciate them in a new light. These outcomes have been brought together and catalogued in a small format book and exhibited with the poster and accompanying object.

I guess it’s a couple of years old and doesn’t seem active at the moment, but if I ever get that marketing budget, I’m getting in touch with this person immediately! 

Anyway I should also acknowledge that Unconsumption and the Uncollection are in fact attempts to promote that spirit of “enjoy what own (instead of feeling compelled to buy something new).” Although our budget is approximately $1 million shy of $1 million, I still like the idea of “branding” things that already exist, as I wrote in On Earth recently. And we of course still welcome your participation, as described here

Oh, and if you want to tell TED to give us that $1 million, you have until August 31!

unconsumption:


The Assignment: Record the music to a PSA using sounds sampled from your garbage bin.

“Take four objects from the garbage,” instructs (friend of Unconsumption) Disquiet, a site that’s more associated with electronic music and sound art than, say, trash or recycling. “These will be your sonic source material.”
It’s the latest in the site’s popular series of “assignments” for composers: “Each Thursday evening at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership to the Junto is open: just join and participate.”

Details: Disquiet Junto Project 0026: Compos(t)ing

Very excited to hear what comes of this!

unconsumption:

The Assignment: Record the music to a PSA using sounds sampled from your garbage bin.

“Take four objects from the garbage,” instructs (friend of Unconsumption) Disquiet, a site that’s more associated with electronic music and sound art than, say, trash or recycling. “These will be your sonic source material.”

It’s the latest in the site’s popular series of “assignments” for composers: “Each Thursday evening at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership to the Junto is open: just join and participate.”

Details: Disquiet Junto Project 0026: Compos(t)ing

Very excited to hear what comes of this!

unconsumption:

Giant fish-shaped sculptures made from discarded plastic bottles — on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
See additional photos from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) here.
(via Colossal)

unconsumption:

Giant fish-shaped sculptures made from discarded plastic bottles — on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

See additional photos from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) here.

(via Colossal)

unconsumption:

Scissors confiscated by the TSA welded into spiders 
Austin-based sculptor Christopher Locke, mentioned previously on Unconsumption here, constructs creepy-yet-cool-looking spider-creatures from TSA-confiscated scissors, Swiss army knives, and the like. (via Colossal)
To learn how Christopher makes them, check out his blog here.

unconsumption:

Scissors confiscated by the TSA welded into spiders 

Austin-based sculptor Christopher Locke, mentioned previously on Unconsumption here, constructs creepy-yet-cool-looking spider-creatures from TSA-confiscated scissors, Swiss army knives, and the like. (via Colossal)

To learn how Christopher makes them, check out his blog here.

Unconsumption: What's next for Unconsumption? You tell us!

unconsumption:

Thanks to everyone who has been pitching in with likes and reblogs to help us in our pursuit of a Knight Foundation grant to take the Unconsumption project to the next level! (If you haven’t done so and want to, go here and like/reblog! And do it before Knight’s deadline: Midnight Eastern,…

You can also go here to add your thoughts about what Unconsumption should do in the event we actually succeed in getting this great.

Just to be sure I’m clear, the post where you should comment, like, or reblog, is:

http://newschallenge.tumblr.com/post/19494011127/expand-the-unconsumption-project

The deadline is midnight Eastern TONIGHT!

Help Us Expand the Unconsumption Project

newschallenge:

Expand the Unconsumption Project

1. What do you propose to do?

Expand Unconsumption’s capacity to serve as a resource for sharing stories and ideas about creative reuse and mindful consumption.

We intend to build on our existing network on Tumblr — our primary online home since January 2009 — and our networks on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, PBWorks (where our wiki resides), Instagram, and Google+. Funding from the Knight Foundation would enable us to broaden and expand our efforts.

Read the rest here.

Basically: My Unconsumption colleague Molly Block has us in the running to get a bit of Knight Foundation funding that would help us take this all-volunteer project to a whole new level.

Right now, we need to show the Knight Foundation that people care, via reblogs & likes. So if you wanna help, you know what to do

THANKS!

unconsumption:

In Toronto, several people who work together in a group known as “The Art of Reuse” open up pop-up thrift shops in different locations every six months or so, selling merchandise — many items one-of-a-kind — they’ve handpicked (or “curated,” as they say) from thrift stores around metro Toronto.
The group aims to “re-invent thrift shopping and the connotation it comes with, whether that be negative or positive,” by creating “well-branded, aesthetically pleasing” shopping environments with merchandise priced at $50 or less.
The temporary stores are “meant to cater to both the fashion conscious and the frugal customer alike.”
In The Globe and Mail, Katharine Scarrow reports:

“It’s never been about generating cash quickly, but raising awareness about thrifting and teaching people about sustainability,” says [group member] Courtney [Eastman].
In the six months leading up to [a store opening], the group spends four to five days a week, fanning to three to four shops a day, scouring each one for roughly an hour at a time. That’s roughly 480 hours of picking (and ultimately ditching) piles of clothes and accessories leading up to the main event.

More: In Pictures: Pop-up thrift shop draws a stylish crowd - The Globe and Mail

unconsumption:

In Toronto, several people who work together in a group known as “The Art of Reuse” open up pop-up thrift shops in different locations every six months or so, selling merchandise — many items one-of-a-kind — they’ve handpicked (or “curated,” as they say) from thrift stores around metro Toronto.

The group aims to “re-invent thrift shopping and the connotation it comes with, whether that be negative or positive,” by creating “well-branded, aesthetically pleasing” shopping environments with merchandise priced at $50 or less.

The temporary stores are “meant to cater to both the fashion conscious and the frugal customer alike.”

In The Globe and Mail, Katharine Scarrow reports:

“It’s never been about generating cash quickly, but raising awareness about thrifting and teaching people about sustainability,” says [group member] Courtney [Eastman].

In the six months leading up to [a store opening], the group spends four to five days a week, fanning to three to four shops a day, scouring each one for roughly an hour at a time. That’s roughly 480 hours of picking (and ultimately ditching) piles of clothes and accessories leading up to the main event.

More: In Pictures: Pop-up thrift shop draws a stylish crowd - The Globe and Mail

Time declares Unconsumption one of “30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs”

unconsumption:

(Readers’ Pick) When environmental advocates go on about sustainable living, the concept can seem murky at best. The Unconsumption project seeks to provide inspiration for everyday people to creatively reuse items and reduce waste. The Tumblr account provides creative ideas like using wine bottles as candle holders and turning board games into jewelry boxes.

Somehow it’s extra cool that we’re a “readers’ pick,” no?

The entry is here.

unconsumption:

Very cool news the other day via the Unconsumption Facebook page, from Alpha Wilson:

Greetings, today I modified the t-shirt totebag  idea that is floating around Pinterest by adding a sewn-in drawstring  bag to use to tote the tote bag when it isn’t full of stuff. 
I inkjet  printed the Unconsumption logo to the outside of the drawstring bag,  which is made from a couple of pieces of cut-up t-shirt.

That’s awesome! 
And definitely a worthy addition to The Uncollection — Unconsumption’s brand-with-no-products experiment, made up of things you have creatively reused or remade, and spruced up with Mr. Cart. 
For more how-to detail on the T-shirt tote:  Green is Universal ReUser’s Guide | FASTEST RECYCLED T-SHIRT TOTE BAG
For a photo journal detailing Alpha Wilson’s add-on, go here.
And if this inspires you to use Mr. Cart and join the Uncollection yourself, post info and pix here.

unconsumption:

Very cool news the other day via the Unconsumption Facebook page, from Alpha Wilson:

Greetings, today I modified the t-shirt totebag idea that is floating around Pinterest by adding a sewn-in drawstring bag to use to tote the tote bag when it isn’t full of stuff.

I inkjet printed the Unconsumption logo to the outside of the drawstring bag, which is made from a couple of pieces of cut-up t-shirt.

That’s awesome!

And definitely a worthy addition to The Uncollection — Unconsumption’s brand-with-no-products experiment, made up of things you have creatively reused or remade, and spruced up with Mr. Cart.

For more how-to detail on the T-shirt tote:  Green is Universal ReUser’s Guide | FASTEST RECYCLED T-SHIRT TOTE BAG

For a photo journal detailing Alpha Wilson’s add-on, go here.

And if this inspires you to use Mr. Cart and join the Uncollection yourself, post info and pix here.

unconsumption:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY — TO US! 
Earlier this week (on January 16, to be precise) this Tumblr marked  its third anniversary. Pretty exciting in and of itself, but super-exciting  because things have picked up so sharply around here of late,  particularly in the past year or so.
Three years ago we were a small band of volunteers sharing links that promoted mindful consumer behavior and creative reuse. Actually we’re still a (slightly different) small band of volunteers doing the same thing. BUT, we’ve also introduced our reuse/remix-friendly logo by Clifton Burt, we’ve launched our ongoing Uncollection project, we’re in the news, and we’re adding, conservatively, a  thousand followers a month.
That’s thanks mostly to YOU, the Unconsumption reader! So THANKS again for the likes, the reblogs, the tips, the encouragement. Makes us think perhaps we’re onto something here…
And of course Unconsumption isn’t just a Tumblr thing anymore. Find us on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, even on Instagram (where we’re @unconsumption). Oh, and of course the blog also has an RSS feed you can subscribe to here.
So thanks again to all, and let’s keep in touch, eh?

unconsumption:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY — TO US!

Earlier this week (on January 16, to be precise) this Tumblr marked its third anniversary. Pretty exciting in and of itself, but super-exciting because things have picked up so sharply around here of late, particularly in the past year or so.

Three years ago we were a small band of volunteers sharing links that promoted mindful consumer behavior and creative reuse. Actually we’re still a (slightly different) small band of volunteers doing the same thing. BUT, we’ve also introduced our reuse/remix-friendly logo by Clifton Burt, we’ve launched our ongoing Uncollection project, we’re in the news, and we’re adding, conservatively, a thousand followers a month.

That’s thanks mostly to YOU, the Unconsumption reader! So THANKS again for the likes, the reblogs, the tips, the encouragement. Makes us think perhaps we’re onto something here…

And of course Unconsumption isn’t just a Tumblr thing anymore. Find us on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, even on Instagram (where we’re @unconsumption). Oh, and of course the blog also has an RSS feed you can subscribe to here.

So thanks again to all, and let’s keep in touch, eh?

unconsumption:

“Sergio Silva’s Oyule  Lamps bring an ironic twist to the traditional oil lamp by using modern  materials that were invented to replace it. The repurposed lightbulbs  sit peacefully on the acrylic base without any obstructions to take away  from the clean lines of the bulbs themselves.  Very clever and  effective design.”
via 2modernblogs

unconsumption:

“Sergio Silva’s Oyule Lamps bring an ironic twist to the traditional oil lamp by using modern materials that were invented to replace it. The repurposed lightbulbs sit peacefully on the acrylic base without any obstructions to take away from the clean lines of the bulbs themselves.  Very clever and effective design.”

via 2modernblogs

unconsumption:

6 Chairs Made from Packages - box vox
My favorite is:

3. The “Lucky Chair” is Roeland Otten’s armchair made from 400 empty packs of Lucky Stripe cigarettes.

Click through for the rest: 6 Chairs Made from Packages - box vox

unconsumption:

6 Chairs Made from Packages - box vox

My favorite is:

3. The “Lucky Chair” is Roeland Otten’s armchair made from 400 empty packs of Lucky Stripe cigarettes.

Click through for the rest: 6 Chairs Made from Packages - box vox

unconsumption:

GARTH JOHNSON Joins the Uncollection:

Using Unconsumption’s Mr. Cart Logo on Dinnerware!

In the latest stunning addition to our Uncollection — creative folks using our logo to breathe new life into old stuff — the amazing Garth Johnson has blown us away by converting some secondhand art-deco plates into genuine Mr. Cart tableware. Really fantastic! Here Mr. Johnson, whose work you may (should!) know from his invaluable Extreme Craft site, explains how he uses a vinyl cutter to “rescue thrift-store dinnerware”:

The rest at unconsumption.

unconsumption:

Lane Patterson makes lamps from a variety of cast-off items, including cans, license plates, and rotary lawn mower blades.

unconsumption:

Lane Patterson makes lamps from a variety of cast-off items, including cans, license plates, and rotary lawn mower blades.


BBDO San Francisco this month constructed a billboard on Venice Beach made from almost 18,000 pieces of beach trash—as a teaser advertisement for One Beach, a film about beach conservation, sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Unconsumption as murketing?
Barefoot Wine Ad Made From 18,000 Pieces of Beach Trash | Adweek

BBDO San Francisco this month constructed a billboard on Venice Beach made from almost 18,000 pieces of beach trash—as a teaser advertisement for One Beach, a film about beach conservation, sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Unconsumption as murketing?

Barefoot Wine Ad Made From 18,000 Pieces of Beach Trash | Adweek