December 13, 2014

One Pair of Jeans.

So.... problem.

I own two pairs of jeans. One is a completely ripped up pair of jeans only appropriate for the summer months. The other is a pair of black skinny jeans that I bought secondhand and love to pieces, literally. I wear them just about every day. Four days ago I was putting them on in a frenzy to run out the door and the crotch ripped. NOOOOOOOOOOO. Besides being totally devastated that my favorite pair of jeans ripped, I was bottomless except for my one pair of leggings that I typically only wear at night and my summer jeans.

Back to the problem though. No jeans, huge hole (as you can see above), and a minor panic attack. Number one I am not in a place financially to buy a new pair of jeans. Number two, I can sew but I have never put a patch in anything and didn't want to do any more damage, so I walked- erm- ran my jeans to a local tailor in Brooklyn and asked if they could patch my jeans. THEY COULD! It was only 15 dollars which is a bargain compared to the money I would have spent buying a new secondhand pair of jeans and the time and frustration it takes to try them on. I really hate trying on jeans. So for the past few days I have been wearing my night leggings but now I finally have my jeans back!
I just picked them up and they are totally fixed, it cost me much less than buying a new pair of jeans, and I'm incredibly happy! It is easy to think that if an article of clothing rips it is "dead". But this just goes to prove that even something like a pair of jeans that seems irreparable can be made almost like new!

December 11, 2014

Come Make Zero Waste Stuff With Me in NYC!

This Sunday, December 14th, WTF Magazine and Young & Able are hosting a workshop in NYC where I will be demonstrating how to make Zero Waste toothpaste using just 3 organic, and sustainable ingredients! Learn more about the event and join me by registering here!

See you Sunday!

October 29, 2014

I'm Launching a Company and Need Your Help!

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect Trash is for Tossers to turn into a career, but in a strange way it has. The recipes for my cleaning products, the ones that I have been writing about over the past two years, have been in high demand. The problem is, many of my readers have been asking me where they can buy the products that are as pure as the ones that I post about for Trash is for Tossers since they don't have the time to make them themselves. As a result of this demand, today I am launching the Kickstarter campaign for my new company, The Simply Co.

This is not just any company. It will be Zero Waste, plastic free, and will incorporate- from day one- all of the standards and values that I hold myself to living a sustainable and trash free life.

The Simply Co.'s first product, and the one I am trying to fund on Kickstarter, is a laundry detergent unlike any other product on the market. My detergent is handmade, organic, vegan, and contains only THREE ingredients: baking soda, washing soda, and castile soap.

PEOPLE: there are over 85,000 industrial chemicals in existence and did you know that cleaning product manufacturers aren't legally required to disclose their ingredients on their packaging, so we have absofuckinglutely NO idea what we are exposing ourselves or the environment to when we use them!? This is NOT OKAY. So i'm trying to do something about it.

The problem is that this company doesn't exist yet. My Kickstarter launches today and I need to raise $10,000 over the next 30 days in order to start producing a truly good cleaning product. The ones that  I trust in my own home, the ones I make myself.

So I need your help. Let's make this company a reality and create the most pure cleaning product company ever! How can you help? Please head to my Kickstarter and at the very least share my campaign on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you can, pre-order a box of detergent and help me reach my goal of $10K. This is my dream, the is the future of cleaning, and this is the future of the planet. Let's do this!!!

October 3, 2014

The Piece Project: Part One.

Daniel Silverstein and I met five months ago in May when he let me wear clothing from his collection for my 23rd birthday weekend. As many of you know, I don’t buy new clothes, so what I borrowed from Daniel’s showroom was not just any clothing, it was Zero Waste clothing.

"Textile pollution is a growing problem in the fashion industry.  An average of 10-15 percent of the fabric used to make every garment is thrown away; a sobering statistic given the millions of garments produced every year...Daniel is passionately committed to keeping fabric waste to a minimum with every collection he makes. Using a unique draping technique, Daniel keeps fabric waste close to zero. “Spine” details and special embellishments wrap around the body to use the full yardage of fabric put into each piece."  
In his own words… "I just left a meeting where I wanted to have garments cut out, and the factory owner could not understand why I would save my fabric scraps. She also did not understand why they were artfully laid out to be appliqu├ęd on to the dresses after the pieces had been cut. She told me she pays more than $500 per month to have her scraps removed and thrown into landfills because her business is so wasteful. This is not the only factory in the Garment District creating waste like this, and this is not only an acceptable practice to the industry, THIS IS THE ONLY practice.'"
I read this right before I met Daniel and was flabbergasted. I knew fast fashion was bad, but 10-15 percent thrown away!? 

This idea of waste in the fashion industry had never been more apparent to me until last night when I was walking home from dinner and I saw a giant pile of trash in front of JCrew in Soho. Upon closer inspection I realized that the pile wasn’t trash at all. It was a massive mound of clothing. Perfectly good clothing (hats, shoes, bags, shirts, jeans!) ready for the taking… I thought. When my friends and I looked at the pile, all of the items had been mutilated and slashed so no one would take them. Perfectly good clothing destroyed so no one could have it for free. THAT PISSED ME OFF SO MUCH. Not just because I wanted free clothing, but because people intentionally destroyed something that was totally good, completely usable, and then cut it up into pieces so no one else could use it. Fast fashion is OUT OF CONTROL. I now see it, Daniel has known it for a while, and we’re fed up. The amazing thing about Daniel is that he's doing something about it.
Enter The Piece Project, a collection created from rolls and pieces of fabric that Daniel didn’t use in his prior collections (example: ends of rolls of fabric), but he saved them. Reflecting upon these pieces, he saw an opportunity and a huge challenge to create something incredible from what every other designer out there would have seen as trash.
Daniel and I definitely agree on something – you can have strong ethics, live a sustainable life, be Zero Waste, and not sacrifice style. One of my favorite things ever is that when people meet me, they expect me to LOOK like I lived in the woods for 23 years. They say “I would never know that you live this lifestyle by looking at you.” Well, HELLO, I live in NYC, and let me preface that I’m obviously cool with people that live this way – but what did you expect, dreads and a knapsack filled with all of my worldly possessions? No. That’s just not me.

So Daniel invited me to model in the campaign for The PieceProject, which was the most flattering thing in the world and I am so excited to show you the entire collection which will be released in a series over the next month. Since he is using pieces from rolls of his prior collections, the items are being released in very limited quantities, which means that once they are sold out, they are sold out and there will not be any more. Which is awesome because lemme tell ya what, with 13.1 millions tons of textile waste produced by the fashion industry in the USA last year, I'm pretty happy that Daniel exists.