Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’

Evolution Glass: Recycled Glass Reimagined

I’m super excited to announce this innovative and beautiful project that combines Earth healing with gorgeous form and function. I had the privilege of listening in on the early brainstorming stage of Evolution Glass many years ago, and I’m so pleased to see my brilliant engineer and artist friend Bill Hess taking his heartfelt and inspired vision to the next level.

I’ve known Bill and his wife, Wendy Vigdor-Hess, since my time in Seattle back in 2001-2002 and have maintained contact with them throughout our various moves ever since. I’ve witnessed them grow — their marriage, businesses, a book, community, a family — and I’m just so happy to get the word out about this next phase.

Way back when Bill first started talking about his idea to reclaim recycled glass and turn it into functional art, furniture and countertops, I recognized the amazing potential, not just for decorations, but also for changing attitudes and taking recycling up several notches. I know Bill has spent years testing for strength, refining techniques, doing private commissions and experiments, and looking for just the right combinations to bring his vision to life. He’s now teamed up with Heather Philips, a passionate recycler and earth advocate, as well as Howard Evergreen, the former Director of the Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation.

They’ve got an indiegogo campaign up now to fund their intention to save 12 tons of glass from the landfill each year! In addition to giving details about the campaign, the link below includes gifts, a sobering and educational video, as well as photos of some of Bill’s earlier creations. You won’t believe what “waste” can become in the loving hands of a creative visionary and Earth healer. Thank you, Bill, for continuing to follow your dream!

Sarah Shah ~ Reclaimed Garden

Here’s a fun, thrifty video for anyone interested in repurposing materials and creating eco-friendly landscaping on the cheap. I’ve had another of those synchronous garden moments in which I put out a call for old concrete slabs to line garden beds like I did in Madison:

Reclaimed concrete edging in our Madison side garden (with newly planted GrowSoxx)

Reclaimed concrete edging in our Madison side garden (with newly planted GrowSoxx)

Just as in Madison, our next door neighbors smashed up their old concrete and left huge, unsightly piles by the curb. Thankfully, this time I have a wheelbarrow! It’s still hard work, but our mulched out front yard beds are beginning to take on an organic shape.

Without any plants yet, the beds look quite grim, so I started searching for the best plants to soften rocky edges. I think lavender and nasturtiums will look nice spilling over the edges, and some colorful creeping thyme can line the edge by the driveway. My search produced the inspiring video below. I thought I’d share here for anyone who’d like to have a garden but believes it would be cost prohibitive. If you don’t want to buy plants, you can cheaply grow them from seed. Begin asking around, too. Last year, I hit the mother lode of free plants on, and Sarah mentions as a great source of free plants:

I will probably need to rearrange some of our concrete slabs after tomorrow’s rain shows me what they look like without the dirt. David also doesn’t want tough edging against the grass or sidewalk, which means I need to find some sort of grass repellant, yet pretty border for the lawn areas. I’m sure some solution will present itself. In the meantime, it feels sooooo good to work outside again!


Land Fill Harmonic

Wow! This is one of the most powerful videos I’ve seen and heard in a long time. It’s like a bija mantra or seed sound with ripples of implications into so many areas. Thanks to RMN for this inspirational and poignant piece!

A note from the Land Fill Harmonic below the YouTube video:

“If you liked the teaser, will you consider a small pledge of $1 to help make this project a reality? For more info, please visit: | If we all join together for small amounts, big things are possible…”


In these days of economic and planetary strain, I want to make sure people know about This online resource continues “changing the world one gift at a time” and says, “Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”

I first discovered freecycle several years ago while living in Northern California. After having relocated from Sedona Arizona and given away much of our furniture, I wondered if we could be on the receiving end of so much abundance. While married, I moved every 2-12 months — usually around the 6 month mark — so I have given away a lot of furniture in my day! I figured I could balance the scales a bit by appearing when someone else needed to relieve themselves of stuff. I forget how I found freecycle, but I love the idea that one person’s junk can become another’s treasure. After receiving an armoire and recliner chair, I decided to list some of our items that hadn’t found a place in our new California home. I loved this zero money exchange that blessed both parties by clearing energy out the old and invigorating the new. I also loved that freecycle kept many perfectly usable (but less likely to sell) items out of the landfill.

I haven’t used freecycle since 2009; however, David and I find ourselves sorting through what goes on the truck and what we’ve outgrown. We love our new space, and our gradual move-in process has allowed us to remain very conscious and discerning about what does or does not fit. We’ve bought some new things and have culled the best and most treasured of what we both own. That left us with quite a bit of older furniture to give away! Having outfitted a dear friend’s new apartment and given a recliner chair to a helpful neighbor, we still had an overstuffed (heavy!) recliner loveseat and that original armoire I’d received from freecycle. Neither of us wanted to move those beasts, and they really don’t have a place in our new home.

Enter freecycle. I listed the couch and armoire/dresser and within minutes found lists of deeply appreciative people willing to pick them up this weekend. Then I saw requests from members for some of the other “maybe’s” on our relocation-list. Hearing from people who truly wanted and needed what we only debated bringing reminded me of the power of flow.

I once heard that Native Americans consider things to have a life of their own. A belonging resides with someone only as long as the energy and function “fit.” When the energy shifts, the Native Americans passes along the item to its new caretaker. The term “Indian Giver” arose because the White People did not continue to pass along the items. Instead, they hoarded things, letting the energy grow stagnant and depriving the item of a useful, loved existence. The Natives began requesting their items back, in order to recirculate them in a natural way. Disconnected from natural cycles, European settlers took offense and began to distrust the Natives.

Like any relationship — whether among people, workplaces, or physical items — individuals can outgrow each other. That doesn’t mean one or the other is “wrong,” “bad” or “useless.” It just encourages a fresh evaluation of what feels right. “Do we own things, or do our things own us?” I’ve always found synchronous receivers whenever I need to move: the suddenly single mom who feels embarrassed because she can’t afford a new dining room table and chairs for her kids; the abused woman striking out on her own and not having a dresser or bed; the new couple moving into their first unfurnished apartment; the neighbor who has (not-so-secretly) eyed my couch…. I love the magical alignment that places us in each others’ path at just the right moment.

Yesterday, while helping the young couple who offered to take my old loveseat, we were all struggling a bit to get it out the porch door and down the steps. A guy zoomed by on skateboard with his dog in tow. “Need some help?” he asked. We all laughed and said we had it under control. He zoomed by again and asked, “Are you sure you don’t need a hand?” Third time’s the charm; when he zipped up to the base of our steps, we said “You know, maybe we do.” Not only did he stabilize the behemoth on the way down the steps, but at the bottom he said, “Wait! Try this” and placed his skateboard underneath the upended loveseat, forming a makeshift furniture dolly. Bingo! That thing made its way to the truck in under a minute with no one hurting themselves. “Never go to a moving party without a skateboard,” laughed our Angel on a Skateboard, as David named him.

In a series of perfect timing, perfect giving, perfect receiving and energy flow, The Freecycle Network offers yet one more way to live in harmony, abundance and joy.