WATWB – Watch Out World!

Because the news this month was all too positive to choose just one story, I chose three.  The first is the intersection of upcycling, a concept that my sister and her husband embrace with enthusiasm as they outfit their home and ponder a business plan (see below photos), and fashion.

[photos by Stacey Lazos]

Upcycling takes a product has outlived its useful life and gives it a new purpose or identity.  It’s the epitome of of sustainability.  Where do fashion and upcycling meet, you might ask?  Well look here and read on:

Surveys by Global Fashion Agenda, an international platform of professionals trying to prod the industry to turn sustainable, and the Boston Consulting Group show that the percentage of fashion companies for whom sustainability targets are a “guiding principle” in most decisions has gone up from 34 percent in 2017 to 52 percent in 2018. By addressing the environmental and societal fallout of its current practices, the fashion industry could save the global economy $160 billion each year — that’s more than the gross domestic product of the vast majority of the world’s countries.

This story is in Ozy’s Landfill to Luxury piece that talks about how to cash in on the $160 billion/year upcycling industry. Who knew the fashion industry could be so progressive?

Truly inspiring, yes, but wait, here’s another one on how the youth of the world are saying no, nee, ei, nein, nej, geen, sem problemas, acun probleme, and nyet (well, maybe not nyet, at least not yet) to ignoring climate change issues.

In NYC, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Milan, Dublin, Berlin, Cape Town, Barcelona, New Zealand, Hong Kong, New Dehli, Canada, Lisbon, and more, kids cut school on March 15 in a global strike to combat climate change.  In a testament to how the smallest among us can do big and wonderful things to change the world, here’s Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swede who, with a singular act of protest alone on the parliament steps last year, turned the climate change issue into a worldwide youth movement this year.   A little child shall lead them.  If that doesn’t choke you up I don’t know what will.

Here’s one more just for kicks and to show that once in awhile, the government is actually on our side:

The FTC sued four companies for what amounts to harassment of us consumers with phones.  Robocalls be gone!

Want to join the WATWB party?  This month’s cohosts are: Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausen, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas.

Go ahead and add them to your post.  And once again, here are the guidelines for #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.
3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.
5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins and Instagram using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.

Have your followers click here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!

pjlazos 3.29.19

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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22 Responses to WATWB – Watch Out World!

  1. Up-cycling is one of the answers to this world drowning in its own garbage. We need to start re-using in creative ways, and get rid of this culture of disposability.

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Ah, so true, Damyanti. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or whatever variation of that you like. I’m fascinated by circular economies and how nature doesn’t waste a drop of what she’s got.


  2. I love that idea of upcycling! It allows a whole new vein of creativity to emerge in our kids. 🙂

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  3. I love all the up-cycling pictures! And fixing things instead of throwing them away.

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  4. hilarymb says:

    Hi PJ – excellent idea to uplift ‘things’ – love that Stacey and her hubby are embracing the idea. We always need to recycle as much as we can and not buy new stuff. Greta has been incredible in getting the world to take notice of her and her attitude to climate change … we all need to not do what hurts the planet. Oh gosh – robot calls, robot texts … inaccurate recording of what’s been said when having conversations with large service providers … such a pain!

    Excellent post for the 2nd anniversary of #WAWTB … thanks – cheers HIlary

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  5. Marja says:

    oh wow your up-cycling skills are amazing Love all of it. And I am so proud of the children for standing up and taking the future in their hands. I have supported the kids here in Christchurch when they were protesting

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  6. The young are the ones who will change things for the better

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  7. Excellent post Pam – we can never have too many positive news items to ponder over morning coffee! I am in awe of the young folk, this is their time and I am glad of that!

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  8. I’ve seen the 16 year old girl on Amanpour’s PBS show. Maybe she’ll be able to move mountains. Let’s hope so.

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  9. Susan Scott says:

    Definitely much to smile about and to be encouraged! Thanks Pam – awareness is taking hold and more than that, action follows! Great post 😊

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    I’d love to live in a world where robocalls were history. That alone would do so much to make life happier for all of us not employed in that evil industry.

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