Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sustainable Savoir Faire

Over here at Savoir Faire we love the idea of sustainability and the notion of recycling. (Hence, why I volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages). Since arriving in North America from the Antipodes nearly a decade ago, I was astounded at the amount of waste that exists in our world. If something is broken or has a hole in it, the item in question is always thrown out and a new one bought. Growing up I was always taught to fix and mend. Shoes were resoled, socks darned and whether possible things were fixed. I was always taught to save things that might be able to be used elsewhere. (No, it is not hoarding).

With the emphasis now on reducing the amount of plastic bags and waste we are using, I have found these fabulous totes, that all make use of something most of us throw out. Whether it be recycling old suits or clothing, rice bags, canvas or street banners, you will be helping the environment and walking down the street with lots of savoir faire!

Have an old tweed jacket or skirt? The below is perfect!

How is this? A fish food bag made into a tote!

Recycled canvas has never looked better than the below!

Ever wondered what they do with those street banners made to advertise special events?

So cut a dash and recycle something today!


  1. great post! I am pretty disscusted with the amount of waste in this country...esp. with food!

  2. As I look at these images, I see stylish accessories, and that's a fresh look that helps recycling immeasurably. Isn't it ironic, though, that we might need to make recycling fashionable in order to help conserve the planet's resources? But why shouldn't recycling be well designed and fashionable? I remember growing up in the country in an area where grain for feed came in large sacks that were made from beautiful cotton prints. The feed bags were taken apart and became curtains and aprons, and now they're part of the quilt under which I slept last night! Thanks for a great posting, David.

  3. Wow, those first two images are awesome! What a neat idea!! This is a great post :) David, thanks for popping by my blog, I always appreciate your visits!!
    Nancy xo

  4. Cara, you are so right! The amount of food that gets thrown out is astonishing!

    Mark, that is exactly what I see! Stylish accessories. All too often in the past recycled goods have been given bad press because of their amateur look. Now that more people are aware we are having some good design.

    Nancy, you are so welcome!


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