Many retailers beyond traditional thrift and vintage stores now offer upcycled products. These products are often labeled pre-loved or second hand.
Some people have a strong reaction to buying what they consider “used” items and worry that they are not as good of quality as new. When considering an item, get a sense of how it was produced. For example, all fabric used in goodlines décor is thoroughly laundered and, when dyed, is cooked in hot water for several hours.
I became interested in natural dying as a student. I was using black walnut hulls to dye paper and to create writing ink. Using natural dyes appeals to the hidden chemistry buff in me. Some natural dyes that are used for goodlines items include logwood, indigo, brazil wood, cochineal, madder, cutch, turmeric, black walnut hulls and tea.
The foundational element for goodlines products is upcycled fabric. With the easy access to fabric and resources you may be wondering why it is important to re-use fabric. Although I’m a supporter of natural and organic textiles such as cotton and wool, there are many reasons why reducing consumption by re-using fabric is a great [...]
What makes a mother? You are a mother when you give birth. It’s pretty simple. ‘Mother’ is a noun. It’s a pretty big deal. To give another person life. That’s why we set aside one day each year to honour mothers. There is a big sense that this day of celebration is not only about [...]
I discovered that I’m a decompinaut. I’ve been searching for a way to make use of discarded textile waste in a way that does not release toxins (from dyes, flame retardants, residual pesticides and so forth) back into our food chain. Why do I care? Because even while my business re-uses cotton by turning it [...]
I seem to be sleeping soundly lately, and that is bringing on some pretty powerful dreams. More about that later. These satisfying slumbers I attribute to the nights getting longer and longer. Tonight we’ll be in darkness almost 16 and a half hours! But that is the end of that trend until next December. I [...]
17 days into January and New Years resolutions are fading, co-opted by the kids’ after school art programs, a big project at work, or a loved one’s urgent health care issue. At the stroke of mid-night – 12am, January 1st, 2011, I’m sure some of you turned to a friend and said “I’m going to… [...]
Please Note: The following is not to be considered an exhaustive examination of green design. I have included a few useful links at the end. A designer makes things for people to use. A green designer makes things for people to use that will have a positive impact on the people who use them AND [...]