We've written about companies who engage in upcycling to create scarves, bags, teddy bears, and more. Similarly, our latest spotting breathes new life into cast-off clothing, but adds a charitable twist. Launched by the Ted Noffs Foundation, Sydney-based One Noffs offers local aspiring fashion designers the opportunity to rework donated garments into one-of-a-kind designs, which are then sold to fund programs for disadvantaged kids.
The Ted Noffs Foundation concept store – One Noffs – is shouting out to all young and talented Sydney-based designers to come and show their creative flare. One Noffs is reinventing the idea of the cool thrift store. With a very LA feel about them, One Noffs is encouraging design students, designers and mums and dads from around Sydney to get involved.
Participants receive a big bag of pre-loved clothing which they have three weeks to remanufacture, either at home or on One Noffs' in-store sewing machine. A section of the foundation's second-hand stores will be dedicated to these one-off designs. Each designer receives 20 percent of the sale price and their bio is added to the item’s swing tag.
There's nothing like one-of-a-kind designs to make consumers feel unique, but add stitch of upcycling, sew in a social cause element and the products become all the more desirable.
Website: www.noffs.org.au by: Gerard McLennan
Clean Energy Law Praised by British Columbia Premier
Clean Energy Law Praised by British Columbia Premier
Sen. Pavley with British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell
I was honored to introduce British Columbia Premier, Gordon Campbell on the Senate Floor recently. Campbell, who has served as premier since 2001 praised California's Clean Energy Law (AB 32), which I authored while I was serving in the Assembly. He said the 2006 adoption of our landmark greenhouse gas reduction law sparked policy changes in British Columbia that helped to create more than 20,000 new clean-tech jobs.
"Californians need to know the enormous contributions they have made not just to the state but to the whole continent," Campbell told the Sacramento Bee. "The economic impacts are enormous."
During a dinner meeting with Campbell, he reiterated to me the economic importance of moving forward with implementing our clean energy regulations.
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Last month the governor signed SB 535 (Yee). The bill seeks to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles and plug in hybrids - the next generation of clean cars - by allowing them to access high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The bill will also give hybrid drivers who already have yellow decals an additional six months of HOV lane eligibility (extends the sunset date from January 1, 2011 to July 1, 2011).
Recycled Water SB 918 (Pavley) - Increases opportunities for water recycling in California by directing the Department of Public Health to develop criteria for safely using recycled water.
Stormwater AB 1834 (Solorio) - Allows landowners to install a rainwater recapture system to irrigate landscaping or recharge groundwater.
Women in Green Forum
Sen. Pavley at Women in Green Forum
Senator Pavley: I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the 1st Annual Women in Green Forum, an inaugural event bringing women in the sustainability field together.
The two-day event was held last week at the Pasadena Convention Center and focused on topics such as green building, energy efficiency, clean transportation, renewable energy, organic food and beverage, eco fashion, environmental media, natural health/beauty, urban planning, and waste diversion. The Forum was the largest national conference for women in environmental careers with a mission of bringing "trailblazers" together to create a community of women inspiring future generations toward environmental career paths.
I spoke about my bills to curb tailpipe emissions (AB 1493) which is now a national standard, and California's landmark Clean Energy Law (AB 32). I reiterated the economic and environmental importance of implementing our clean energy law, which has sparked more than $10 billion in clean tech investment since its passage in 2006. The audience was enthusiastic about California's future as the center of clean-tech jobs and investment.
According to today's International Herald Tribune, style section:
Edun's diversity is built into the brand. The first convincing offering of a "green" wardrobe, this show featured inspirations from Africa, using the continent's historic prints and beading, as well as more subtle touches, from the new designer Sharon Wauchob. Embracing African in America is just one of the ways that designers are widening their reach and their theatrical programs. - Suzy Menkes
What shouts a message louder than silence? Nothing! Edun, oh by the way, is ENTIRELY ECO!
Edun Creator/ Founder Ali Hewson
And now some scenes from last week's Vogue Fashion Night Out a' Paris! Ooh La La!! What a tease for Paris Fashion Week.
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Environmental Charter Schools (www.echsonline.org) celebrates the grand opening ofthe Environmental Charter Middle School (ECMS) with speeches by environmental experts Rachel Gutter, Tom Feegel, educational expert Alison Suffet-Diaz and ECMS Principal Kami Cotler.
When: Friday, September 10, 2010
Program begins at 8:15am
Moderator: Sarah Backhouse (Host from Planet Green, Discovery Network),
Speakers Rachel Gutter (Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council), Tom Feegel (co-Author of Green My Parents), Alison Suffet-Diaz (Founder and Executive Director, Environmental Charter Schools) and Kami Cotler (Environmental Charter Middle School Principal).
Rachel Gutter is widely recognized as one of the nation's foremost experts on the topic of green schools. She oversees the U.S. Green Building Council's National Green Schools Campaign, the LEED for Green Schools Green Building Rating System and is responsible for initiating many programs at the USGBC.
Alison Diaz, Founder of Environmental Charter High School, and Executive Director of Environmental Charter Schools; is responsible for driving strategic development, as well as fundraising, fiscal and capital budgeting and planning, and oversight of administrative operations.
Environmental Charter Middle School Principal Kami Cotler will oversee the implementation of the Environmental Charter Schools curriculum and manage the day to day school activities.
ECMS will be presented with the Assembly Certificate of Recognition by a representative from the office of Assembly member Steven Bradford. Field Representative April Lawrence will present the school with a certificate on behalf of Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
ECMS opens its doors to 120- 6th grade students for the 2010 - 2011 school year; Enrollment is open to all students regardless of district boundaries. The school offers students a small, caring school environment, 25-30 children per classroom, which supports students' transition from elementary school and prepares them for high school success. The educational program is designed to help students develop the academic skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to succeed in a college preparatory high school and to be effective stewards of their community. The middle school will extend learning beyond the classroom doors encouraging students to take action to solve local community issues and make measurable improvements in their environment.
The opening of ECMS signifies a watershed moment in urban Environmental Education. The school will deliver the same type of award-winning curriculum as Environmental Charter High School, curriculum that has been recognized by the Obama White House and which has been featured on PBS television.
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