Thursday, January 28, 2010

From clothes hangers to hangeliers!

What are hangeliers, you ask? Clothes hanger chandeliers of course! Having just blogged about how to make expensive clothes hangers out of plastic bottles, blogging about hangeliers next couldn't seem more appropriate! Thanks for the lead, Pat!

My only criticism is the designers at Organelle Design made the above hangeliers from off-the-shelf plastic and wood hangers rather than finding old, used ones. According to Inhabitat where they were featured last year, "clothes hangers are clogging our landfills at a rate of nearly 8 billion per year." That's a whole lot of hangers! They should have tried and used some of those 8 million!

My compliment is that other materials designers Alex Witko and Courtney Hunt used to make their eye catching hangeliers are salvaged repurposed found objects such as bike rims, chainrings, and zipties.

Even more inspiring was Organelle Design's BYO_ event as in "build your own ____!" event. Their slogan: "resist consumerism.... by reusing it's wasteful by-products!" Check out how it went here. Below is a shot of one of the event's results... a snazzy coffee table 100% made from salvaged repurposed found objects!


PS - 3 more days till my special ecojot ecard January giveaway ends, so keep sending those ecards for your chance to win ;D

Monday, January 25, 2010

Introducing ecojot's new "Buy One, We Give One" campaign.

Have you heard? ecojot commits to giving one for one.

As I've mentioned, I've been busy helping launch an exciting new ecojot give campaign. In fact, we're currently in the midst of adding information to our main website. As a special sneak peek, here's the 411...

ecojot’s “Buy One, We Give One” campaign is the company’s new business model committed to directly advocate children’s arts and literacy in developing countries. In many poor areas young students cannot afford school supplies, nor are they provided them. In an effort to equip children in need with basic school supplies, ecojot will donate a notebook for every ecojot journal, jumbo journal and sketchbook purchased.

ecojot is partnering with three organizations to make this happen:
  • Ve’ahavta - A non-profit Jewish humanitarian and relief committee whose mandate is to accomplish tikun olam, the betterment of the world
  • Free the Children - The world’s largest network of children helping children through education.
ecojot understands that the success of the campaign is dependent on ensuring that the notebooks are delivered directly to the correct recipients. Therefore ecojot’s first shipment will be sent in a sealed container via the Ve’ahavta KinderKits Program, along with medical supplies, already destined for Zimbabwe. Kenyemba Primary and Secondary Schools will be the first recipients of ecojot’s “Buy One, We Give One” campaign.

Mark Gavin of ecojot says...
“ This becomes a deeper purpose for our business, so we can play an active role in helping better the global village we all belong to.

Inspired by the Toms Shoes model and by Whole Foods founder, John Mackay’s new commitment to conscious capitalism, I wanted to have our business play a part. Being that we make notebooks, it was an obvious decision to donate these to help needy children become educated and literate. ”
While ecojot is officially launching their new give campaign this year, they have in fact already donated 4,000 to 5,000 school supplies so far, and plan to donate 20,000 to 25,000 by spring 2010. Read more about it in a recent CJN news article here.

So now every time you jot or sketch in an ecojot, not only will you feel ecoAwesome, but you will also feel wonderful knowing a child in need is getting a chance to jot and sketch too!

Can't wait to hear what you think about the new give campaign! Have a great week!


Friday, January 22, 2010

A novel use for plastic bottles... A clothes hanger!

Discovered via my Uncle M, and, I bring you the very green, but unfortunately also very expensive... Rethink Hanger!

At 8 bucks a pop, it's definitely a tad on the costly side... However, I certainly do think it's a pretty ecoCool idea!

"Conceived by designer Xuan Yu, it's basically a hook with two holes that hold empty bottles. Once you've polished off a couple of Sprites, screw the bottles into the holes and you've got a deliciously convenient place to hang your shirt — without the awful flatness of a wire hanger."

What do you think? Would you use Rethink Hangers?

Well that's it for me this week.... I gotta say it's great to be back blogging again. Oh and keep those Ecojot Ecard January 2010 Giveaway entries coming! You've got nine more days to send ecojot ecards for a chance to win!

Bon weekend !


Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Honest $10,000 SPAM.

That's right, you're reading today's title correctly, I did say, "honest" and "spam" together, and no, I'm not attempting an oxymoron.... And that is exactly why I just couldn't help blog about this awesome story. Simply click play below for the full scope!

You can visit to learn more about the ad agency who put on this unique experiment.

Happy YouTube Thursday! Here's to "Giving [which] is Glorious!"

Speaking of giving, soon I'll be blogging about ecojot's new give campaign called "Buy One, We Give One" that we are currently in the midst of launching... So be sure to stay tuned! And in the meantime, keep sending those ecards for your chance to win my special ecojot ecard January Giveaway ;)


PS - While, I heart this honest $10,000 spam story, please remember to continue being cautious of the many dishonest spam and phishing emails out there.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Metal scraps turned cute "BRENDA - The Born to Be Bad Little Girl Robot."

The moment I saw these photos of BRENDA - The Born to Be Bad Little Girl Robot, I couldn't not blog about her! According to her etsy description, she's even got a story...
She was supposed to be a sweet and adorable, little robot
but something went terribly wrong...

She rolled off the assembly line on Halloween during a full moon.
Suddenly, a bolt of lightning shocked the factory...
this gal was destined to be trouble.
BRENDA - The Born To Be Bad Little Girl Robot
Designed by Will Wagenaar a.k.a. reclaim2fame, BRENDA measures 15" tall and 9.5" wide, is made of recycled parts and a bit of new hardware, including vintage clockworks and an antique key on her back.

Apparently the last photo (above) is BRENDA "giving Commander Cupcake a hard time."

"Is it really possible for a cute little robot to be evil? Just ask BRENDA."

Click here to check out 38 other items by reclaim2fame on etsy. I'm particularly drawn to "BEGGAR - A Remarkably Persuasive Robot" and "BINKY - A Robot for Baubles And Bangles" a.k.a. "a shiny new ride for your jewelry...." soooo cute!

While I can't personally afford any of Will's creations at the moment, I gotta say... ecoAWESOME! I am particularly impressed with his commitment "to create beautiful and fun new objects using at least 80% recycled materials. Most of [his] pieces are composed of much more than 80% reused material. [He has] been making art and objects from discarded items for over 15 years."

Happy Wednesday!


PS - Still enjoying reading all your entries into my special Ecojot Ecard January Giveaway :) Keep em' coming till the 31st!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Need or want a new scarf? But wanna be eco about it? Introducing!

First and foremost, I must admit I am loving reading all of your entries into my special Ecojot Ecard January Giveaway! Thank you for participating and sharing them with me :) Keep 'em coming!

Today I blog about an awesome opportunity to take an old sweater, and this month turn it into a new scarf! Here's how it works...

That's right someone's mom in Boston has started an ecoAwesome service where she will (for a small fee) recycle your old sweater into something new again... This month it's a scarf!

Next month it could be beanie (we call 'em toques here up in Canada), iPod case, cut-off gloves or socks. You can vote at what next month's recycled knitwear item will be!

As the e-newsletter I discovered from put it, "Consider it a second chance for all the ugly, saggy, oversized knitwear in the world, particularly the lumpy cable-knit mock turtleneck sweater currently collecting dust in the bottom of your dresser."

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Happy 2010... I'm baaaaaaaaack blogging with a special January 2010 Giveaway!

That's right, I'm (finally) back blogging, and I figured what better way to start afresh and not only a new year, but a new decade but with a UNIQUE GIVEAWAY?

So once again my apologies for my disappearance, thanks for still reading, or for those new to my blog... WELCOME!

And to everyone of course, HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR & NEW DECADE! I'm convinced it's going to be ecoAMAZING!

So without further ado, here's how my first giveaway of 2010 will go...

Not just new year, but new decade equals new ecojot ecards featuring DesignerJots Carolyn Gavin’s newest designs for 2010, including: butterfly, city, forest, ladybugs, rosettes and teatime.

Check 'em out at (or by simply clicking the image above), and enjoy putting a smile on a special someone's face... PLUS until January 31st, for every ecard you send also equals a chance to win!

Each time you send an ecard, visit this post and leave a comment which design and to whom you sent the ecard. Every comment equals an entry to win a full set (jumbo journal, 5x7” journal and 3x4” pocket notebook) of one of the featured ecard designs!

There is no limit to how many ecards you send per day or even how many you send until January 31st. Just be sure to leave a new comment for each ecard/entry (and remember to tell me which design and to whom)! For example...
  • Sent Teatime to my Grandma Teresita; or
  • Sent Forest to my friend Gabe, just to say hi; or
  • Sent Ladybugs to my crush....
You get the idea ;) Otherwise, I have no other way of tracking it... Good luck and happy ecojot ecarding!


PS - Please note: Unfortunately, I'm only able to ship prizes within Canada and the US. Oh and remember to include a way for me to contact you if you win ;D

Friday, January 15, 2010

A brilliant work of collaborative web art.

Greetings and Saluations Everyone!

I know it feels like eons since I've posted, at least for me it does (I've missed you all!)

I shall officially be back blogging as often as possible next week.... In the meantime came across this brilliant work of collaborative web art courtesy of my little sister that I wanted to share with you... Simply click on the image below ;)

Happy Happy New Year and Weekend!

See you Monday!



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