Bricolage is my favourite word

bricolage (bri·co·lage) n.

  • (in art or literature) Construction or creation from a diverse range of available things.
  • Something constructed or created in this way.
cynthia korzekwa

self-consumed by Cynthia Korzekwa

The artist Cynthia Korzekwa introduced me to this word a few years ago, and the word and its sentiment have made a lasting impression on me. I love the way the word rolls off my tongue, and I love the re-purposing of tired old things into new, useful, attractive things.

It’s fair to say that re-use on this scale is not going to solve our waste issues, but it is rather a creative response to the consumerist world that we live in. Bricolage is an opportunity to express our distaste of the persistent ravaging of our planet for raw materials to make MORE NEW THINGS, while not adding to the problem of waste.

I’ve curated this Etsy Treasury to showcase some lovely examples of bricolage.

‘Bricolage is my favourite word’ by tracystokes


large needle felted woo…

$170.00

Recycled Metal Fish Bon…

$225.00

Little Bird On Teacup R…

$6.99

Wine Barrel Ring Hangin…

$65.00

AWESOME fused glass bow…

$180.00

Recycled light bulb vas…

$12.50

Succulents / Herbs/ Pla…

$17.99

Recycled Art Sculpture …

$50.00

Bicycle Mama with Child…

$29.95

Blue Lady, Original Pai…

$65.00

Metal & Glass Assemblag…

$38.00

Anglerfish, upcycled, m…

$28.00

Dachshund – upcycled do…

$52.00

Shebeening – Original P…

$105.00

Modern art Owl painting…

$32.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

The importance of being vegan: World Vegan Day

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Today is World Vegan Day 2007 and this year the Vegan Society is asking “Is it green to eat meat?”. The answer that they’ve come up with is a resounding NO. Here’s why. You use much less land and water if you eat crops directly. Animals use most of the protein they eat to live, not ‘grow’ meat. So eating meat adds to water shortages, forest clearing, soil damage, use of oil-based pesticides – and climate change. If you want to know more, you can download a leaflet that goes into detail here (just so you know, it’s a pdf).

“By 2050 the world’s livestock will be consuming as much as 4 billion people do… when many were doubting whether such human numbers could be fed at all.” – Award winning Science Writer:Colin Tudge, Penguin 2004

What do vegans eat?

Not just rabbit food. There’s a lot of choice available to vegans. For some delicious ideas, try some of these great recipe websites:
Vegan YumYum
Vive le Vegan recipes
Celsius Low Carbon Recipes
Post Punk Kitchen
Urban Vegan

And if you’re overweight, a vegan diet is a great way of getting your weight under control while cutting your carbon emissions.

Common myths about vegans and veganism
Online vegan store Bourgeois Boheme has compiled the top 10 myths about people who don’t use animal products.


Here’s what some of my fellow bloggers are saying about World Vegan Day:

Hippy Shopper
Coventry Green Voice
Ecorazzi

Recommended vegan cookbooks:
Vegan Rustic Cooking
Vegan with a Vengeance
A Vegan Taste of the Middle East
Easy Vegan Cooking

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One frame one tree: e-photoframes plant a tree for each frame sold

eframe.jpg In this digital age we can find that all of our photographs end up on our computers and not being displayed the way that they would traditionally have been. Obviously, digital photography has meant that we don’t print out all of our dud photographs anymore and that’s good for the environment, but there are some photographs that still deserve pride of place in our homes, pieces of art, or mementoes of loved ones and special occasions.

e-photoframes supply sustainable, ethically sourced and fair traded photo frames with a unique “one frame one tree" guarantee. For each frame that you buy, they will plant a tree in partnership with the Forest Restoration Research Unit and Plant a Tree Today. The full cost of the tree planting is covered by the mark-up on the frame. The costs of planting are kept to a minimum by the partner organisations working with volunteers and the tree planting projects being based in developing countries where saplings and seedlings are relatively inexpensive.

There are three different types of frame to choose from at e-photoframes. The Wood frames are created from plantation cut rubber trees with an expertly finished natural grain pattern; The Mulberry range is hand crafted from Mulberry bark by a fair trade co-operative in northern Thailand; and the Silk frames are crafted from high-quality Thai silk and packaged in a reusable mulberry paper box. All frames are available in 6"x 4" and 7"x 5" sizes with prices from £7.95.

These frames make great gift purchases for ethical and environment conscious consumers who want to give gifts that will not only be appreciated by the recipient but also cause minimum harm to the environment. These photo frames are a gift that will last for years while also making a genuine contribution to forest restoration.

Giveaway

We have one e-photoframes Wood frame to give away to a lucky reader. To be in with a chance to win it, simply enter your details on the form below. The draw will take place on the 30th November 2007. The winners will be notified by email.

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Do the green thing

greenthing.jpggreen thing is an online community that encourages you (by sending you hilarious videos) to do something green every month. October’s green thing is to walk, once (you can do it more often if you want to). Sign up for your video reminders to do a green thing, and then all you need to do is do it, monthly.

This is the sort of thing video you’ll have to look forward to, if you decide to do the green thing.

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Jimi wallets: we’re giving them away

jimi-wallet.jpgThe new big small thing in wallets. Jimi’s are probably the smallest, eco-friendliest wallets around, and that’s not the only reason you should have one. If you’re one of those eco-hunks (or even eco-geeks) who doesn’t like having a wallet in the first place because they get wet when you’re cycling, or running, or single-handedly leading a permaculture revolution and your credit cards end up bent at strange angles and don’t work in ATMs anymore, the Jimi will keep your cash dry and your cards, well, card-shaped.

Here’s why we like them:

  • They’re made of 100% recycled plastic.
  • 1% of Jimi wallets sales revenue is invested in the environment.
  • They’re made without sweatshop labour.

Here’s how you can get your hands on one:

1. Buy one. Nigel’s Eco Store sells them.

2. Get us to give you one. We have a Jimi wallet, a JimiX wallet and a Jimi multi-media case to give away. To win one of these highly desirable recycled plastic Jimi’s, simply enter your details on the form below. The draw will take place on the 30th November 2007. The winners will be notified by email.

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