Hyper consumption is dead, in case you haven’t heard. This is a message from the upcoming Sustainatopia festival that takes place in Miami between April 16-22nd. It’s a great idea in our in our super-sized, buy one, get one free society, to remember that sometimes less is actually more. And what about that feeling of creating something new out of something you’re about to throw away?
For some fun DIY ideas for upcycling visit Uncomsumption, a Tumblr blog with an active presence on Pinterest and Facebook. The group is ‘your daily source of inspiration for creative reuse and mindful consumption.’ They have a dozen definitions of unconsumption but one of my favorites was, “Unconsumption is not about the rejection of things, or the demonization of things. It’s not a bunch of rules.”
From making chairs out of old belts to bracelets out of old tennis balls, they have some pretty funky, creative ideas online, so check them out if you’re feeling craftsy. And since I love creating things from trash, I also love seeing how others create art from used objects. That’s why I’m excited about ArtCycle, a free gallery show that’s part of Sustainatopia and takes place Friday April 19th from 7-10 p.m. at the Kontempo Gallery.
Organizers of Sustainatopia also ask us to “get random and change the world,” through random acts of sustainability. Sounds pretty fun! They will be announcing specific events online on short notice, but in the meantime, I’m going to pick up some random trash, and recycle some random plastic.
Another intriguing event at Sustainatopia is Trash Your Back, a challenge to carry with you all the trash you generate over a five day period. That sounds hard, but I may just have to give it a try. There’s also a Sustainablity Tour at the South Beach Whole Foods on Friday April 19th and Sunday April 21st from 2-3 p.m.
For me, hyper consumption is dead means remembering my water bottle and coffee mug when I’m out and saying no to excess plastic whether it’s a straw or plastic bags. What does it mean to you?
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