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Recycling – Spring Goals

Environment

As an artist who deeply cares for the state of our environment, I want to share a little bit of my process for living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Media coverage brings to light many environmental issues that we face and how these issues damage our ecosystems. The more I read and research, the heavier the sinking feeling in my gut. I can no longer look away.

Last summer our LARGE black garbage can overflowed or came very close to overflowing (how embarrassing). After implementing a few small changes, our garbage shrunk down to two small bags, probably a fifth of what we used to throw away.

While at my local recycling facility, I decided to take note of all the items my community recycles. More items can be recycled than I thought!

Yay!!!

Plastic

Strathmore, Alberta Recycling

I found it helpful to know which plastics I can recycle and how to organize them to take to the recycling yard.

Paper

The above images show the guidelines at the Stathmore Recycling Facility. For more information, check out the Town of Strathmore or the Strathmore Recycling Facility. If you do not live in the Strathmore area, plan a trip to your local recycling facility and take a look around.

Reduce

When we reduce our garbage, we become more mindful of how we use resources and ease the pressure on recycling systems. Use reusable bags where you can and buy products packaged without the use of plastic.

The earth is filled with art for those who look.

Don’t let Garbage cloud the view.

Art

The world around me inspires my art – I strive to create positive and life-giving art. Implementing an eco-friendly lifestyle allows me to see the beauty without having to look past the trash.

Next week…

I will be creating more art products – hope you have a chance to join me.

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Crafting the Creation – Book Bag

Roam the Earth With Gentle Hands

Environmentally Friendly Art

As an artist, I continuously observe the images, colors, textures, tones, values, and life of the world around me. The world changes constantly, for better or worse. Regardless, most changes do not happen overnight and, because of their subtle nature, can be easily dismissed or not even noticed. When I reflect back, however, I do see the changes in our environment. I strive to create eco-friendly and functional art products in order to make changes in my own life and reduce my environmental footprint.

The Creation of this art piece

In my previous post Intentional Living, I talked about the eco-friendly materials I used in creating these bags and why. Today I will focus on the artwork.

Roam the Earth with gentle hands, and shape the World. Believe it or not, I contemplated the wording of that sentence for a long time. I thought a lot about our Earth, our environment, and the impact of each individual on the ecosystem. Why now? Good question. The old adage, “ignorance is bliss,” applies to me. I need to stop being ignorant and face what is going on right in front of me.

The entire Earth belongs to all of us. When one part of our Earth falls ill, it affects the rest of the Earth. With summer holidays right around the corner and travel increasing, we struggle to remember that we need to be good stewards of the land no matter where we journey.

The meaning behind the illustration

The illustration is a reminder.

  • As you travel, be aware of how much garbage you create. Try leaving the area you visit cleaner and better than when you first arrived. Gentle hands – be a good guest, pick up your mess. Better yet, make less.
  • When you interact with others on your travels, use Gentle Hands. In other words, be kind.

Simply put, if we all tried a little harder, we would Shape the World, and it would become a better place to live.

The Process

Click on any image below to scroll through photos.

The Book Bag/Art Bag

Features added to this bag

  • 10oz natural cotton
  • Leather straps
  • Interior 17 x 16.5″
  • Four outside pockets, 10 inches deep/8 inches wide
  • Magnetic closure clasp
  • Inside zipper pocket
  • Inside key hook

Thank you for joining the journey. Till next time…