Common Sense & Life

unconsumption:

DIY inspiration: Vintage kitchen canisters repurposed as pendant lights.
(made by Rodney Trice of T.O.M.T., featured previously here)
This is a great addition to the Unconsumption gallery of items made into lighting.
Mar 21

unconsumption:

DIY inspiration: Vintage kitchen canisters repurposed as pendant lights.

(made by Rodney Trice of T.O.M.T., featured previously here)

This is a great addition to the Unconsumption gallery of items made into lighting.

unconsumption:

Upcycling Across Borders: How U.S. School Buses Become Camionetas

Where do school buses go when they die? It might surprise you to learn that most American school buses don’t die at all; they’re often reborn as public transportation south of the border.
The story of one aging school bus that was sold off and driven to Guatamela to begin a new life as an ornate shuttle is the subject of a new film that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival … La Camioneta. Through this one bus, the film examines how one country’s trash becomes another’s treasure, the importance of mass transportation in a country with widespread poverty and how violence and gang warfare threaten the safety and viability of that transportation.
Camionetas are used in Guatamela to ferry people from villages to cities and back again. But nearly all of them begin as school buses phased out of use here in the states. While the buses are in plenty good shape for the most part, once they reach a certain point in their lifespan, school districts auction them off and purchase new ones.
Waiting to buy them are South American companies, who drive dozens of buses South each day. They make a treacherous drive through Mexico (trying their best to avoid extortion, gangs and robbery) until the bus finally makes it to Guatamela. But even though they have arrived in Guatamela, they are still just buses –not yet Camionetas. Over weeks, the film crew watched as workers painstakingly retrofitted the school bus into the colorful, striking Camioneta. There is a true artistry to the recreation.
Read the rest: StateImpact Texas — NPR.org

Find more uses for old buses here.
Mar 21

unconsumption:

Upcycling Across Borders: How U.S. School Buses Become Camionetas

Where do school buses go when they die? It might surprise you to learn that most American school buses don’t die at all; they’re often reborn as public transportation south of the border.

The story of one aging school bus that was sold off and driven to Guatamela to begin a new life as an ornate shuttle is the subject of a new film that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival … La Camioneta. Through this one bus, the film examines how one country’s trash becomes another’s treasure, the importance of mass transportation in a country with widespread poverty and how violence and gang warfare threaten the safety and viability of that transportation.

Camionetas are used in Guatamela to ferry people from villages to cities and back again. But nearly all of them begin as school buses phased out of use here in the states. While the buses are in plenty good shape for the most part, once they reach a certain point in their lifespan, school districts auction them off and purchase new ones.

Waiting to buy them are South American companies, who drive dozens of buses South each day. They make a treacherous drive through Mexico (trying their best to avoid extortion, gangs and robbery) until the bus finally makes it to Guatamela. But even though they have arrived in Guatamela, they are still just buses –not yet Camionetas. Over weeks, the film crew watched as workers painstakingly retrofitted the school bus into the colorful, striking Camioneta. There is a true artistry to the recreation.

Read the rest: StateImpact Texas — NPR.org

Find more uses for old buses here.

tarastileseats:

Ditch the afternoon coffee & snack for this yummy smoothie! You’ll have a ton more energy and it tastes great too!
You’ll need
small bag of frozen organic mixed berries
1 banana
dash of almond milk
scoop of organic chocolate peanut or almond butter
blend and enjoy!
makes 2 servings!
Mar 21

tarastileseats:

Ditch the afternoon coffee & snack for this yummy smoothie! You’ll have a ton more energy and it tastes great too!

You’ll need

small bag of frozen organic mixed berries

1 banana

dash of almond milk

scoop of organic chocolate peanut or almond butter

blend and enjoy!

makes 2 servings!

unconsumption:


The Lovewright Co. is a southern California-based lifestyle brand that’s teamed up with Jyumoku, another California based designer, who specializes in bags made from repurposed material to develop “The Roasters Collection.” The matching duffel and tote bag are made from salvaged military tents and contrasting burlap giving a refined quality to the idea of repurposed coffee sack bags.

[via Dear Coffee, I Love You.]
Mar 21

unconsumption:

The Lovewright Co. is a southern California-based lifestyle brand that’s teamed up with Jyumoku, another California based designer, who specializes in bags made from repurposed material to develop “The Roasters Collection.” The matching duffel and tote bag are made from salvaged military tents and contrasting burlap giving a refined quality to the idea of repurposed coffee sack bags.

[via Dear Coffee, I Love You.]

surfnrunnr:

They don’t have to change into a sports bra to be active. Pick-up bball games, jumping jacks, burpees, table tennis anything time. 

Men, you have NO EXCUSES to get moving! 

(Source: surfnrunnr)

Mar 20
why guys have it easier than girls #587
unconsumption:


A counter covered in old yardsticks is a focal point in the Spool of Thread shop in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The shop — a “drop-in sewing lounge” that offers sewing classes, rents sewing machines, and sells fabric — serves area residents who don’t own sewing machines as well as those who do but who want join other like-minded makers in sewing in a community environment, instead of sewing at home alone. 
See also: Previous Unconsumption posts on renting things vs. buying them, or collaborative consumption, as some of us refer to it. 
If you like this counter, you probably will like the counters/desks made from books here and here, and earlier Unconsumption posts here on other yardstick, ruler, and tape measure uses.
(Photos: top via Poppytalk; bottom via Spool of Thread’s Flickr stream.)
Mar 20

unconsumption:

A counter covered in old yardsticks is a focal point in the Spool of Thread shop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The shop — a “drop-in sewing lounge” that offers sewing classes, rents sewing machines, and sells fabric — serves area residents who don’t own sewing machines as well as those who do but who want join other like-minded makers in sewing in a community environment, instead of sewing at home alone. 

See also: Previous Unconsumption posts on renting things vs. buying them, or collaborative consumption, as some of us refer to it. 

If you like this counter, you probably will like the counters/desks made from books here and here, and earlier Unconsumption posts here on other yardstick, ruler, and tape measure uses.

(Photos: top via Poppytalk; bottom via Spool of Thread’s Flickr stream.)

unconsumption:

DIY inspiration: Use vintage yardsticks as picture ledges.
(via nest full of eggs)
Find additional yardstick reuse ideas here.
Mar 20

unconsumption:

DIY inspiration: Use vintage yardsticks as picture ledges.

(via nest full of eggs)

Find additional yardstick reuse ideas here.