It’s Not Just A Reuse Workshop. It’s Working Together.

Alex Eaves' Reuse Workshop in Derry NH

Recently, I visited West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, NH for the first official go at my REUSE! T-Shirt workshop geared towards kids. What originally was planned as a 2-hour session of storytelling and reuse education through shirt designing, turned into something even more.

Alex Eaves' Reuse Workshop in Derry NHMisty Crompton and the members of the school’s environmental club were such a great first group. Not only were they eager to learn about my work with reuse and create their own REUSE! T-Shirts, but almost as soon as I walked into the classroom, they wanted to share all of the ways that they reuse, both in school and at home.

And it wasn’t just the students who wanted to share their reuse ideas with me. My cousin Dora, who teaches at the school, was so excited to show me her latest repurposed creation. Her son David is expecting his first child and she made him a baby blanket, using his T-Shirts from when he was a little kid. This is such a great way to save money, save resources and share stories from his past with his new family. It’s also a great way to get the child into (well, on to) reuse at a very young age!

Dora Dejulio With Her Repurposed Toddler T-Shirt BlanketMy new workshop was definitely a success and I really look forward to the next ones that I have booked. As with most of my engagements, not only was I able to educate a group, but all of us were able to share ideas on how reusing can be beneficial for people, planet, and wallet. Because the more we share, and the more we work together, the quicker we can make this world a better place.

If you’re interested in hiring me to run my REUSE! T-Shirt workshop in your class, club, camp, rec department, etc, please head over to my workshops page to get more information and contact me..

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Join The Conversation: What Do You Keep Out Of The Trash?

Earlier this week, I launched the first line of STAY VOCAL Pendant Bracelets that are made with used guitar strings. It got me thinking back to my days touring with bands and how many strings I saw my guitar shredding friends break. And to my recollection, they always ended up in the trash.

Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour

One of the best results of reusing is keeping things out of the landfill by giving them another life. That’s why I turned STAY VOCAL into a strictly reuse apparel brand. That’s why I reuse bread and cereal bags for dog cleanup. That’s why I wrote a blog about 25 ways to reuse envelopes a few weeks back. I’m not saying that we all need to become hoarders and not throw anything in the trash or recycle bin. I’m just saying that we could all think a bit more; about other uses for potential disposables or even better yet, not getting disposables to begin with.

So, what’s one thing that you used to throw away (or is normally thrown away), but now you don’t? What do you do with it? Leave a comment below and let’s keep the conversation going, because the more ideas we share, the more we’ll keep out of the landfill. And the more we keep out of the landfill, the healthier our planet will be.

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Thinking About Getting A Haircut? Why Not Reuse It?

Over the years, my hair has been reused in numerous ways, from becoming a hairpiece for underprivaledged children to helping clean up oil spills. Hair is one of those things that ends up in the trash bin way more often than not and there are numerous ways to reuse it. So when I know someone who’s thinking about cutting their really long hair short, I always encourage reusing it. And this past weekend, I succeeded with my friend Brian McAlpine from Eternal Furniture.

Brian McAlpine Of Eternal Furniture At Krase Hair Salon After 4+ years of growing it, Brian finally decided to part ways with his locks, so I took him to KRASE, my sister’s hair salon in Norwell, MA. KRASE sends hair that is 10 inches or longer to an organization that makes hairpieces for children. My sister and her coworkers really enjoy doing this, as they’re not only contributing to a great cause, but also keeping more hair out of the landfill. (Remember, hair won’t break down easily if it’s in a plastic bag.) While I was watching Brian get transformed, I was thinking that my sister and I could have a whole “Reuse your hair day” at her salon. Who knows? And hopefully this is also just a first collaboration between Brian and I. I’ve been wanting to work with him ever since I saw this table that he made out of a Jeep windshield about 10 years ago. Yep, he made the base too!

Early Work From Brian McAlpine Of  Eternal FurnitureSo, how about you? Have you ever donated your hair for a hairpiece or reused it in some other way? I’m always looking for unique ideas, especially with shorter hair.  And if you never have, ask your hairdresser or barber to see if they’re involved in any hair reuse programs. Many of them are and will give you discounted or FREE haircuts if you’re donating it. And that’s a win for the planet AND your wallet!

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