Eco Friendly Ideas

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Here at CIJ we wanted to know what Eco Friendly Ideas you have and share with others.

I would like to know what do you do for the economy? Do you have any eco-friendly idea to share? This can be if you recycle around the home? This could be something you do to help the environment, anything that you do that consists with Eco Friendly Ideas.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandamo says; My one-of-a-kind ring holder is eco-friendly and really suggested for a rustic wedding. It will for sure be amazing for a bride who is organizing a green wedding and loves eco-friendly accessories. Almost all the ring pillow components are natural. The basis is a nice birch slice, covered by real moss, decorated with a bunch of micro white flowers.

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Rustic Moss Ring Pillow

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; It sure is ecofriendly not to use electricity to make coffee. When camping make coffee over an open fire. You can even do it at home on your fire pit in the back yard. Here’s my great enamel coffee pot with all the implements.

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Enamel Coffee Pot Blue Speckled Pot

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says; As a ceramic artist I do use a lot of water, electricity and gas. So I try to offset my carbon footprint in other areas such as growing my own food, recycling waste, and reusing rather than disposing as much as possible. In my shop most of my products are ceramic, but I also have a range of jewellery made from upcycled materials created from a range of materials such as buttons, beads and fabric. I also make jewellery from up-cycled guitar strings. My partner plays guitar and is frequently changing the strings and they are such a shame to throw away, so I make jewellery from them – earrings, necklaces and bracelets!

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Guitar String Ring Eco Friendly

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says; I make “Eco Friendly” gift tags… These save me money because I do not have to buy gift tags… I just make them from old cards OR the cardboard backing in a package that would just be thrown away I use in tags. These are great for anyone who wants to buy Up Cycled or Eco Friendly because they are made of things that would normally be put in the trash. I am reusing sources instead of buying new.

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Mom Gift Tag Sets

Linda from LazyYVintage says; I remember when they village started to offer recycling bins. The whole family was excited and thankful to stop throwing away things into a landfill. It made us feel useful and definitely was one thing you could do that would lower your carbon footprint on the earth. From that started a love a nature and natural areas. We volunteer in the fall to pick prairie seed, spring Jim loves to go on a good prescribed burn as a volunteer. I’ve written grants that have helped local communities and environmental groups restore, repair, and purchase prairie lands (as well as wetlands with endangered species located there). Our hobby is hiking and we try to hit as many natural areas, state and national state parks as we can. With all that, vintage is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our home is full furniture that I have refinished or am reusing. With that said, my favorite color is green. So this vintage dinnerware set really appeals to me, and is a our pleasure to be able to save it and pass it on.

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Frosted Green Glass Cups and Saucers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says; At Design’s the Limit, we specialize in a number of Eco-Friendly products including glass, bamboo, and rubberwood. We are extremely concerned about the planet, the direction of humanity, and future. We encourage our customers to stop using disposable anything and get personal with your gifts and the planet. Travel mugs reduce disposables, glass can be recycled indefinitely, rubberwood is harvested and repurposed instead of being burned, and bamboo is renewable, long-lasting, and anti-bacterial!

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Design your Stemless Wine Flutes

Prezemila K from CanisArtStudio says; I am also concerned about the planet. Recently in my country legislation has been enacted permitting the destruction of trees. Many people protested and we signed petitions to stop it. In my paintings and drawings I’m immortalize animals and plants by nature. Sometimes my work is the creation of documentation or reconstruct the image of animals or plants which no longer exist. I have designed and produced painted clocks made of wooden waste materials. These pieces of wood were intended to be burned. So my clocks are made of recycled materials. I want to share my passion and love for nature.

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Little Bird Hand Painted Clock

Thank you to everyone who took part in Eco Friendly Ideas. Julie

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#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – ReDesignandReCycled

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Linda from ReDesignandReCycled

ReDesignandReCycled

ReDesignandReCycled

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

On Etsy it’s called ReDesignandRecycled and my brand is ReThink Design. The unique thing about my shop is my products, all made from reused material with a lot of history.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in the countryside of Sweden, outside a small town called Lidköping. about 2 hours from Göteborg. From my studio I have a view of fields and lupins in full bloom at the moment. I open the door and hear a lot of birds sing everyday. It´s a very peaceful and calm place.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

Being able to work with what I love. No one tells me what to do. Also, if I´m lazy there wont be any good results, it´s all depending on me. I also love to have the freedom over my own time. Sometimes it feels like I work 24 hours, but from time to time i´m also able to finish early and spend time in my garden.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

To do this for a living!

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would like to find more time to develop new products, I would love to have an employee focusing on marketing and B2B. More wholesale dealers outside of Sweden.

6. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.rethinkdesign.se/en

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReThinkDesign

Instagram: instagram.com/rethinkdesign/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lindawinroth/

Twitter: twitter.com/ReThinkDesign

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – GirlieGals

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Linda from GirlieGals

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GirlieGals

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is Girlie Gals and reflects just that. It was created out of my love for jewelry and wanting to share with others. It has a little something for a variety of women including beach jewelry, casual wear, bling jewelry, sports minded and even some cute items for our special younger girls in the youth section.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

Being from South Texas and living near the Gulf of Mexico, I naturally turn to nature for a lot of inspiration – that’s where my Beach Collection was conceived. The seashells, corals and more are a joy to work with. After becoming a member of the Hill Country Bead Society and the South Texas Beaders, I have enjoyed learning new techniques and styles with a varied assortment of materials. The wire wrapping and wire crocheting has really been a fun challenge. It’s great to expand your horizons and I love what I do, so I hope you will enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy making them.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

Since I’ve retired I really enjoy being able to work from home and set my own schedules. Girlie Gals keeps me very busy and I’ve met so many new friends not only thru Etsy, but also thru my Jewelry groups and from Arts and Craft shows.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Of course sales is our main goal so when I reached my 100th sale that was great but I was also excited when my Girlie Gals business Facebook page hit 1,000 likes. That was really awesome too. I knew I was reaching a lot of people.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would like to be able to do more of the Arts and Craft shows, jewelry shows, etc. I enjoy meeting and talking to new people. It’s also very satisfying to be able to see someone’s expression of love/appreciation for my jewelry also.

6. What are your social media sites?

Girlie Gals: www.etsy.com/shop/girliegals

Pinterest: pinterest.com/lindabaze/

FB: www.facebook.com/pages/Girlie-Gals/265041600188717

Twitter: twitter.com/girliegals12

Blog: brankletsnbling.blogspot.com

Thank you for this opportunity to shine a little more.

#CIJRoadTrip – Sweden: Göteborg (Gothenburg)

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to Sweden : Göteborg (Gothenburg) with Linda Winroth from ReDesignandReCycled

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
I live in Göteborg (Gothenburg) on the Swedish west coast. I think it´s special that we have water in the city center! We have a lot of cafées, actually we have the most cafees per capita in our city, maybe you´ve heard the swedish word “Fika”? The word “Fika” I would say means having a coffee break with friends, often accompanied by something sweet. Fika is is an important part of our culture.

coffe at the best cafe in town da maetto

coffe at the best cafe in town da maetto

coffe at home, yes I'm addicted

coffe at home, yes I’m addicted

me at a photoshoot with my procuts

me at a photoshoot with my procuts

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
The archipelago either on the west or the east coast. Up in the north with the midnigh sun during the summer. And the beautiful iceland Gotland.

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archipelago

archipelago

archipelago

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
I´m very inspired by my grandma. I grew up in the countryside and learnt from her how to take care of nature, dont wast anything and craftmanship. She´s the one who tought me to how to weave rag rugs. Ever since I was little I’ve had a keen interest in fashion, design and environmental issues. ReThink Design gives me the opportunity to combine this and at the same time devote myself to something that feels meaningful. My philosophy is that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

my grandma

my grandma

on our way to our summerhouse

on our way to our summerhouse

our small boat

our small boat

our summer cabin

our summer cabin

sunset at our summer cabin

sunset at our summer cabin

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
I attended Formex Design Fair – The largest meeting place for Nordic Interior Design. I will also sell my products at our amusement park Liseberg during November and December.

my stand at formex

my stand at formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

close up Formex

Cushion Cover Made Of Vintage Fabric With Blue Stripes From ReDesignandReCycled

Cushion Cover Made Of Vintage Fabric With Blue Stripes From ReDesignandReCycled

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled

Party Bunting - Pennant Banner Made Of Vintage Fabrics For Kids From ReDesignandReCycled

Party Bunting – Pennant Banner Made Of Vintage Fabrics For Kids From ReDesignandReCycled

5. What are your social media sites?
Webb: www.rethinkdesign.se/en
Etsy: www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/ReDesignandReCycled
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lindawinroth/
Twitter: twitter.com/ReThinkDesign
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReThinkDesign
Instagram: instagram.com/rethinkdesign