Green Glamour with Franke James

by: Heather on 05/08/2008
Posted in: Sustainable Living

One of my favourite eco-artists, Franke James, has a new visual essay up on her blog about how to be green and glamorous. Like all of Franke's other work, this essay takes a fun approach to a serious problem - in this case the ridiculous over-proliferation of consumer goods (such as clothes) in North America.

I know that it's been years since I purchased clothes that were new instead of "new to me". (Except for rain gear - as a year round cyclist I make an exception for that.) Here on Gabriola we have a fabulous organization called GIRO (Gabriola Island Recycling Organization) that accepts donations of used clothing and household goods and then resells them at fantastically reasonable prices - kind of like an ongoing garage sale. Over the years GIRO has probably kept literally thousands of items out of landfills, and helped people save enormous amounts of money at the same time. Going to GIRO on Wednesdays and Saturdays is an island ritual (and a social event too).

What steps have you taken to counteract the waste inherent in our "throwaway" society? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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