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ARTPOP STREET GALLERY IS BACK

ArtPop Street Gallery is back with more fashion, hosting their second annual Upcycled Fashion Show and ninth fundraiser event to support local artists and small businesses. The fashion show will feature 12 Charlotte regional artists from a variety of media backgrounds including textile, multimedia, digital, and painting. 

The show will be from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Griffith Hall, Lenny Boy Brewing Company, 3000 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28217. Show Emcee is Ohavia Phillips—Charlotte media personality and host of the “Oh Show”.

Fashion designers include Jennifer Gilomen, Margaret Fleeman, Anise Augustin, Edelweiss Vogel, Michelle “Bunny” Gregory, Itala Flores, Angela Kollmer, Kathy Phillips, Hasan Dirton, Isiah Miller, Melissa Crosson, and Kendall Kendrick. The clothes will be made from recycled ArtPop billboard vinyl material featuring artists Holly Keogh, Mikel Frank, Cat Babbie, Caroline Rust, Bree Stallings, Jesse Carkin, Laura Brosi, Cristina Montesinos, Greg Barnes, Deborah Triplett, Elaine Stephenson, and Barbara Mellin.

This fashion show is sponsored by Crescent Communities, Neiman Marcus, Little Architecture, LendAHand Alliance Cohort, and LendingTree Foundation. All proceeds from the event helps support sustainable and local Charlotte artists’ small businesses.  ArtPop Street Gallery diverts 13,000+ square feet of vinyl from landfills every year by upcycling the billboard vinyl into fashion, framed art, tote bags and more.  

Tickets: $85 — Includes fashion show, silent auction with a chance to win a trip to Antigua, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two drink tickets for Lenny Boy beer, wine, or kombucha and can be purchased HERE

About ArtPop Street Gallery

ArtPop turns interstate highways and other common areas into outdoor art galleries throughout the Charlotte region and across the country too.  The nonprofit organization’s mission is to connect local artists with billboard advertising and other media companies who showcase their art. This promotes artists and offers the community thought-provoking and inspirational creations that everyone can enjoy – for free!  We showcase and support artists of the 13 county greater Charlotte Region.  

For more information, https://www.artpopstreetgallery.com.

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6 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Sustainable

We hear a lot about sustainability and we know that it’s something that is supposed to be good for us. Yet most of us are not quite sure what it means to be sustainable, or how we can incorporate sustainability into our everyday lives. The good news is that understanding sustainability and making it a priority is not only easy, it is something that everyone can do and feel good about. The kitchen is a great place to start for those who want to make some healthy green changes in their lives.

“It’s not difficult for people to become more sustainable, especially if they start in the kitchen,” explains Sarah Scott Mitchell, co-owner of Neutrall, a company specializing in sustainable glassware. “It’s really just a matter of knowing some of the different things you can do to live a life that is considered to be more sustainable. The more people know, the easier it becomes.”

Sustainability, according to the United Nations, is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising our future generations to meet their own needs. Essentially, when you opt for sustainability, you will be making choices that won’t harm the planet in the future. While you want to be able to use the products that you need today, you don’t want to do so at the expense of tomorrow.

The kitchen is a great place to start, because the choices we make that are related to this room in the home is linked to sustainability in a big way. From buying more organic products to creating a compost bin for scraps, there is a lot people can do to help create a greener and more eco-friendly kitchen. Here are 6 ways to make your kitchen more sustainable:

  1. Recycle. Keep a little basket on the counter, or bin in the cupboard, where you can toss items that need to recycled. There are many foods that have packaging that can be recycled. Put it in the bin for convenience, and once that bin is full take it to the garage to dump into the main recycling bin.
  2. Reduce waste. The United State Department of Agriculture reports that food waste is estimated to be 30-40% of the food supply. Think about how often you toss leftovers or find things that have gone bad in the crisper. Reduce the amount of food waste you are creating by only buying what you need, freezing what you can’t use right away, not making more than you need, and giving away leftovers that you otherwise won’t eat.
  3. Buy organic and local. Make an effort to purchase more foods that are organic and made locally as well as use eco friendly catering supplies, to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint.
  4. Check your dishes. Not all dishes and cookware are made sustainably. Some have traveled thousands of miles to reach America, and are made through means that were not environmentally friendly. Opt for items that are more eco friendly, such as the sustainable glasses by Neutrall, which are carbon neutral and made in the USA.
  5. Opt for natural cleaning. Cleaners with harsh ingredients are not only bad for the environment, but they are bad for human health as well. Opt for non-toxic cleaners that are all plant based such as Therapy Clean.
  6. Commit to green choices. The first step to creating a greener and more sustainable kitchen is to make the commitment to do so. It’s easy for people to continue with what they have been doing, but when you rise to the challenge and make some changes you will feel great knowing you are helping the planet be healthier for generations to come.

“Once people make the choices to make life in the kitchen more sustainable it becomes easy,” added co-founder Ernesto Humpierres. “By providing people with a way to have sustainable glassware we are part of the solution, and we are really happy about that.”

All Neutrall glassware is made in the USA, upcycled, sustainable, and is shipped in eco-friendly packaging. The company was created by Mitchell and Humpierres, who live in Austin, Texas, with their young twins. The first product launched by Neutrall is a set of two upcycled 8-ounce glass cups that are shipped in sustainable packaging. The sturdy and compact glasses are great for morning juices and drinks, and great for small hands. They are great for families, and to give as gifts for weddings and house warmings. To get more information about Neutrall or place an order, visit the site HERE.

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Plant-Based Easter Basket

Spring is a few weeks away, and holidays are coming up too. Many want to put some spring-like decorations on the table or use them as a centerpiece. But some don’t know where to begin. Lively Root wants to guide you through the process so you can use what you have on the shelves while also using your indoor plants!

What type of container?
Let’s build a table arrangement together. Start with digging through your old Easter baskets, containers of any shape, size, or color (painting is optional later). Set them all out.

Gather the Extras
Then pull together any accessories you might want to use in your display. You can use Easter motifs like eggs, crosses, bunnies, carrots, cabbages, etc. We will use birds, eggs, and nests for our presentation so the arrangement could be in use for longer than just one holiday. You may even venture out on a walk and pick up bits of nature to use too. Mosses, twigs, dried cones, or leaves can also be a part of the collection.

Grouping Plants and What to Consider
Next, gather your houseplants in the 4-6″ grower pot containers that you have. Different heights would be excellent, as well as those that have pretty colored leaves or blooms. For this presentation, the kalanchoes and Neanthe Bella Palm, Snake plant, English ivy gold child, spider plant, and pink polka dot plant are compatible because they all like to dry out between waterings. As you assemble plants in groupings, you’ll want to consider their light needs as well as watering and humidity needs. You may want to use this assembly temporarily or for several weeks. It will be easier to maintain if all the plants take basically the same type of care.

Recycle and Repurpose
If this will be semi-permanent, you’ll want to make sure that your container drains well. If your planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, get out your handy-dandy drill and drill a few holes in the bottom.

You may want to recycle an old Easter basket or gift container you got a gift in prior. You may find something but not like the color anymore! That’s when a paintbrush and chalk paint comes in handy. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up.

If you don’t have a collection of has-beens, drop by the local resale store and rummage through their cast-aways. You’re sure to find the perfect container.

Create Groupings
Once you have your containers, clean them up, paint them and let them dry. Next, assemble your plants and accessories. Do small groupings to see what you like best. Place the plants (in the grower pot) in your chosen container just to see how the arrangement looks before assembling. Take a picture with your phone to remember the setup. Then remove all the items. We use a screen to place over the container’s bottom to help hold the soil, so it doesn’t drip through and clog the drainage holes.

Next, select the correct potting soil for the plants you assemble. At this point, you can either keep the plants in the grower pot and set them in the container and cover them with craft moss or pot them straight into the decorative container. It’s up to you. If it is a temporary selection, then the grower pot assembly may be the easiest way to go. We use a cactus and succulent mix with a little well-draining potting mix together for these plants.

Plant and Assemble

You will want to build the soil up a bit before placing the plants. Remember to leave the soil line below the top of the container about 1/2-1 inch so there won’t be water spillover. If using it temporarily, you can keep the plant in the grower pot and place them on the soil. If you’re using it as a more permanent collection, remove the grower pot and place the plant where you want it in the assembly. As you go, fill in around each plant, tucking soil in between each one so the roots are covered and secure.

Do the rest the same way. If needed, make a funnel out of a plastic container or poster board and feed the soil through it to get to the tight spots where your hands don’t fit. Tamp down the soil with your fingers or a spoon. Be careful not to bury the top of the stems in soil but just up to your plant’s soil line. You can add a top dressing of time-release fertilizer or use a balanced liquid fertilizer when watering. Once it all is assembled, use a clean paintbrush to brush any excess soil on the leaves. Then check the soil moisture around each plant and water as needed. Next, top dress with craft moss or colored rocks.

Then slide in your accessories to make it festive!

Mix Nature In
Another fun way to decorate around the house is to use the nature items you might have picked up outside. Bark, twigs, and moss can be a part of the next project. Inspect the items for ants, bugs, or the like before assembly and remove them.

Keep your plant inside its grower pot. Use a hot glue gun to glue the pieces around the grower pot and assemble them in an organic arrangement.

Finish it off with some twine or raffia. Set these on a side table or in a collection together. Or you can use them at each place setting as a take-home gift for your guests.

Now, once you’ve got your decorations finished, snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! We’d love to see your plant creations! Tag us with #LivelyRoot and share the love!

Extra bonus:
Use your children’s leftover Easter baskets to repurpose into a summer arrangement by following the same instructions as above. We didn’t plant them in the soil this time but left them in the grower pots and tucked moss around the containers. When it’s time to water, just disassemble, water, let drain, and then place back into the basket. We included a clear plastic saucer to protect the basket in case of leftover dripping

About Lively Root

At Lively Root, the green spaces created have been instrumental in development as horticulturists, for an ideal green space. Lively Root’s plants are home-grown and full-scale fulfillment centers. They only sell eco-friendly products that are packaged and delivered right to your doorstep. Founding members have over a century of horticultural experience as growers, retailers, and landscapers, ranging from small plants to indoor plants, outdoor plants, large trees, and flowering shrubs. They have planted & maintained trees on residential and commercial properties. Plants improve health by purifying the air, soothing stress, making people feel happier, and offering style and ambiance. 

PUMA x The Hundreds Team Up For Another Collection

PUMA has teamed up again with community-powered streetwear brand The Hundreds for a new line of footwear, apparel and accessories designed with sustainability in mind.

The collegiate-inspired PUMA x The Hundreds collection aims to increase awareness around our environmental impact and make us more conscious about the way we dress. Sustainable materials used throughout the collection include recycled rubbers, organic cotton, chrome-free leathers, and recycled meshes for uppers, lining and sock liners.

Standout pieces from the collection include the PUMA x The Hundreds Performer Sneaker featuring bold colors and recycled materials, the colorblocked Future Rider made from 80% eco-friendly materials, the Chore Jacket which comes in both black and tan along with the Chino Pants to match, and the Reversible Shorts which offers the chance for customization with a different print on each side. Accessories include the PUMA x The Hundreds Convertible Bag which transforms from a shopper into a cross body and a super lightweight packable PUMA x The Hundreds Cap.

Retailing for $40 – $150, the PUMA x The Hundreds collection will be available on thehundreds.com, PUMA.com and select retailers starting Saturday, September 26.

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Recycled Skateboard Desk

The Rotterdam based dutch design studio Focused Skateboard Woodworks proudly presents its latest design: The DeckRail™ desk. The colorful edges of the table top are made from recycled skateboards, collected at local skate shops in The Netherlands. The lines are continuous and go all the way around the table top. The base of the DeckRail™ desk is made from matte black powder coated steel. 

The DeckRail™ desk comes in two sizes:

  • DeckRail 160: 160x80x75 cm (l x w x h), constructed from 6 skateboard decks.
  • DeckRail 200: 200x80x75cm (l x w x h), constructed from 8 skateboard decks.

The DeckRail™ is also available as table top only. For custom sizes, please contact us.

COLORS EDGE TABLE TOP

The colors of the edge of every DeckRail™ table are unique and dependent on the available skateboards that have been collected. Specific color variations cannot be guaranteed. We can guarantee every single DecksRail™ will have a unique color pattern.

COLOR BASE

The base of the DeckRail™ Desk is made from matte black powder coated steel.

20% REOPENING DISCOUNT

Slowly our country is reopening and kids are allowed to skate the streets and outdoor skateparks again. To celebrate this joyous event, we offer a discount of 20% discount on all our classic DecksPad and DecksTop models until July 1st 2020 (ends June 30th)!

Recycled Skateboard Furniture Combine passion for design and skateboarding and you get Focused Skateboard Woodworks. A Dutch design studio specialized in turning old skateboards into sleek and colorful design furniture. Thrashed skateboards are collected at local skate shops and transformed into tables, stools and home decor accessories. 

Custom Projects works in collaboration with architect and interior design agencies, Focused has constructed custom recycled skateboard furniture for clients in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), New York (USA), Los Angeles (USA), Wellington (New Zealand) and Barcelona (Spain). Our work has been featured in Designboom, Creators (VICE), Wescover and other architect and interior magazines. 

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What is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) sheet? 

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is probably the most widely used plastic sheet. Think about the toy trucks and storage containers, all these products are made from HDPE. This thermoplastic is known for being light and strong. Most companies are going for HDPE plastic sheets because they can reduce the material used to manufacture and package products because of their ideal weight and strength. 

Why HDPE is popular?

HDPE is the perfect substitute for heavier materials. No wonder, many companies that are going for sustainable business models, such as reduction of material used in packaging prefer using HDPE. Below are more benefits of HDPE:   

  • It’s lightweight. Although products made up of HDPE are lightweight, they are very strong. This is the reason why car manufacturers use it to improve fuel efficiency by having lighter cars.
  • HDPE is impact resistant. Plastic toys and other products are not affected when you drop them because they have great impact resistance. 
  • It’s long-lasting. Products made of HDPE last long because it’s weather-resistant and also resists mildew, mold, insects, and rotting. 
  • Malleability. HDPE can be molded into any shape, meaning you can have a customized product that meets your expectations.   

Major benefits of HDPE

While most people use other plastics like polypropylene and polyester, HDPE has become the most popular plastic. This is not only because it’s versatile, but it’s also one of the most recycled plastics. It can be recycled in its rigid forms such as containers and flexible forms like plastic bags. You can get more information by visiting http://www.regal-plastics.com/hdpe-high-density-sheet/.   

HDPE sheet is resistant to stain, moisture, and odor, making it suitable for use in the manufacturing and food processing industry. It’s also an ideal substitute for wood and metal because it’s chemical resistant, it has high impact strength, easy to clean, easily machined or fabricated, and it’s cost-effective. Besides, the HDPE sheet has a natural color that is FDA approved.  

Applications of HDPE 

HDPE sheet comes in two colors, which are black and natural and are available with smooth and textured finishes. HDPE is used in various applications, and you might have used a product made from it without realizing it. Some of the applications that use HDPE include piping systems, milk jugs, fuel tanks, shampoo bottles, hard hats, water bottles, and bread bags. 

As you can see, it’s used in a wide range of industries. Therefore, next time you find a plastic product, look at the bottom to find out if it has a recycle 2 which indicates that it has HDPE.  

Sustainability

Thankfully, HDPE is recyclable, and in this way, it prevents landfills. Nearly, most of the recycling programs accept HDPE products, such as bottles. Recycled HDPE is also as popular and versatile material as its counterpart. You can use it in most of the same applications mentioned above. Some of the other key uses include recycled plastic storage containers, recycled plastic automobile parts, recycled plastic outdoor furniture, and recycled plastic trash cans, recycled bins, and compost bins.

Can air extend an EV’s range?

The energy efficiency of electric vehicles (EVs) can be improved by 3 to 7% with proper tire inflation, according to a recent ExxonMobil study.

The first-of-its-kind study followed three identical EVs, each with different tire air-loss rates, as they each traveled 5,400 miles crisscrossing all sorts of environments in the United States, including city streets, small towns and rural roads, for six months.

The results showed that properly inflated tires enhanced EV energy efficiency by as much as 7% to extend vehicle battery range.

What if there were a way to increase an electric vehicle’s (EV’s) energy efficiency by 3 to 7 percent? A recent ExxonMobil study has revealed that proper tire inflation can do just that.

Back in 2018, the company embarked on a first-of-its-kind study that tracked EVs to understand the impact tire inflation pressure has on vehicle range. As the inventor of halobutyl rubber, the technological wonder that helps keep tires properly inflated, ExxonMobil wanted to take a hard look at the challenges EVs encounter.

The study followed three identical EVs, each with different air-loss rates. Each car traveled 5,400 miles, crisscrossing all sort of environments, including city streets and remote roads, for six months.

The results? In a nutshell, choose a tire that will stay better inflated over time. It will not only extend the life of the tire, but also the overall energy efficiency.

Learn more about our study in this video

Millennials at L.A.’s Auction House

*This original watercolor by Sam Francis will be among the coveted art to hit the block at L.A.’s Abell Auction Company on Sunday, Sept. 16 starting at 10 a.m. For a catalog, visit www.abell.com.

Did you know that more Americans relocate between May and September than at any other time of year? And, millennials are on the move! According to rent.com, some 43 percent are leaving their college cities or hometowns to live in more urban areas – mainly for a job, significant other or to try something new. (Blog- millennial generation on the move)

Whether they’re decorating their first apartment, cultivating a taste for modern art and design, or want to own something vintage, millennials are buying at auction to express themselves and live green! You’re invited to go “behind the block” at L.A.’s original and 102-year-old auction house – Abell Auction Company – when the next lot of collectibles, memorabilia and treasured belongings go up for sale on Sunday, September 16.

The live auction action begins 10 a.m., when it’s a race in real-time to see who will place the highest bid (in-person or online) for the items they love – ranging from fine art and 20th century design to classic cars. An auction preview runs Sept. 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave. Visit www.abell.com or call 800.404.2235.

Head to Auction

Abell holds live gallery auctions every Thursday featuring 800-1,200 items from up to a dozen Southern California estates, making it one of the remaining weekly auction houses in the country. It also holds high-end quarterly live and online auctions on select Sundays.

Find What’s One-of-a Kind

Auction lots include furniture, artwork, and modern and vintage design that you won’t find anywhere else. From David Hockney painting to a Vasa “nest” of hexagonal colored acrylic tables to a Frank Gehry “Easy Edges” cardboard desk, the possibilities are endless.

Go Green

Buying at auction means buying “green.” You’ll be reusing an item, and in the process reducing waste and over-production.

It’s Not His Grandfather’s Auction House Anymore

Todd Schireson, 36, represents the third generation of his family to operate Abell Auction Company and can provide auction tips and trends for the younger generation, plus describe some of the most unique items to hit the block. He sometimes holds up pop-up displays at Venice Beach for millennials to preview popular auction items.

More About Abell Auction Company

Abell Auction Company, Los Angeles’ original and premier auction house, has been entrusted with fine estates and collections for over a century. It handles the treasured belongings of high-profile clients, including many legendary figures in Hollywood. Abell’s weekly and quarterly sales attract an international audience of in-person and online buyers. For more information, visit www.abell.com or call 323.724.8102. Connect with Abell: @abellauctionco for Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

EPA TO CLEAN CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to clean up contaminated groundwater in the eastern area of the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Superfund Site in Garden City, N.Y. A treatment process will be used to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) from groundwater, thereby reducing potential threats to people’s health. The cleanup is estimated to cost approximately $13.14 million.

Lakeith Stanfield x Ermenegildo Zenga

Critically acclaimed actor Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta, Come SundaySorry To Bother You, The Girl In The Spider’s Web) wowed viewers when he walked the red carpet at the 90th Annual Academy Awards ® wearing a custom-made sustainable tuxedo made by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. The look was styled by Michaela Erlanger and worn in support of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress ethical fashion campaign.

The tuxedo is a navy Tussah Silk, which is sturdier than cultivated silk. Typically gathered in the jungle from cocoons of wild silk moths, the silk is found in a natural state with minimal human intervention and very little invasion to the process. For this reason, unlike a silk yarn produced with greater mechanical interventions, the yarn of Tussah silk features irregularities creating a rich texture, typical of wild, natural breeding.

In 2009, Amis Cameron created Red Carpet Green Dress with the goal of creating awareness for the importance of sustainable practices in fashion.  Each year, Red Carpet Green Dress works with international designers to create sustainable eveningwear to showcase during the Academy Awards®.

To qualify as a Red Carpet Green Dress eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from recycled, organic or repurposed materials, use hand-made detailing or incorporate natural dye processing – always with a focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

Also supporting the sustainable lifestyle are RCGD 2018 partners, TESLA and Absolut Elyx. Absolut Elyx is a company that is built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique, allows the luxury vodka company to provide safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide with the help of Water for People.

It is because of their help along with annual contests that financial security can be provided to MUSE School CA. MUSE School CA is an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes, personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future.

 

 

For more information:

www.museschool.org.

http://www.redcarpetgreendress.com