SUSTAINABLE IDEAS : WHEN OLD IS THE NEW TREND

Have you ever thought, in a corner of your mind, if single use objects could have a better fate than being thrown in the recycle bin
Actually, lots of people around the world already have thought about new ways to stop single use objects and give a new purpose to such things.

Pinterest, is an enlighting and thrilling mine of easy and fun ideas for those who try to change their daily lifestyle for a more sustainable one. 

The Bead Weaver, a project that started three years ago, is the result of a blend of ideas from my exploration of Pinterest as well as what I did during some of my free time : Stitching seed beads as well as miyuki beads into patterns to design funky jewelry.
At the very beginning, the designs were to become simple necklaces, bracelets and earrings. But with the growing debates on the environment, sustainability and eco-friendly actions, I somehow tried to find a way to be a part of it. First, collecting Sta-Tabs from tins of all types, were necessary to fix the flimsy woven designs into making sturdy earrings. It became a sort of signature. After some time, I considered keeping fused light bulbs and, having studied carefully some talented Russian designs used to create seed bead brick stitched Fabergé eggs, I thought that my old lamps could then become new fashionable Christmas decorations. Similarly and for a while, I had decorated little glass pots for festivals such as Diwali and the Lyonnaise Feast of Lights, simply by sticking the designs. It is a small scale project, but ultimately, I reduced wasting material

Many bloggers and online food platforms such as Marmiton also tend to suggest new ideas to be more responsible when consuming, especially when it comes to food, using the whole ingredients people buy from the markets : transforming lemon zest into powder to flavour dishes, making carrot tops soups etc… In a nutshell, anyone can reduce their carbon footprint, even if it is a small step, let’s hope for a giant leap… 

Written by Adélaïde Uppal

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