December 5, 2019
After this film about the impact of fast fashion, be inspired to make changes by staying for the community discussion, led by Trashion Show chair Naomi Spinak and Rebecca Hall, owner of SHiFT, a Winslow store selling clothing and accessories that are sustainably sourced and ethically made.
Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Trashion Show on April 26, 2020 at IslandWood. There can't be a show without entries, so pull out your sketchbook and put on your thinking cap to start planning one or more sketch submissions by January 19.

Upcycled Ready-to-wear Fashion and Business Waste Couture return as two competitive options. A new category this year, replacing Trashion Couture, is the Mystery Box Challenge, wherein the designer must use all the elements of a mystery box to create a wearable outfit.

Application information can be found here. To see all the amazing entries and read the artists' thoughtful descriptions from last year's show, go here.
Ladies, start saving up your unwanted but still wearable bras. There will be a collection box at the Trashion Show to give to the organization, I Support the Girls.
Want to Help?
There are a couple of upcoming events where discard station helpers would come in handy to keep the compost, recycling and landfill containers contaminant-free.

The first is Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 14, 4-6pm @ Waterfront Park/Senior Center.

Zero Waste is collaborating with the Parks Department to manage the discards. In addition to our ZW leads, we are looking for one helper per time slot.

Please sign up on this Doodle to give us a hand.
After last year's move to Woodward Middle School, the organizers of the ever-popular Mochi Tsuki celebration consulted with Zero Waste, the end result being they are using all washables and compostables this year. They have a green team lead and could use assistance in watching over the sorting bins.

The event occurs on Saturday, January 4, 11am-3pm at Woodward Middle School. To help them out, go to their SignupGenius here and scroll all the way down to "Green Team" to sign up.
Library of Things
Gilian Engelson leads this introductory meeting of the Bainbridge Island Library of Things at the Bainbridge Public Library (no relation) on Monday, December 16 at 7pm. Show up to learn more or get involved. More info here.
Those Ubiquitous Signs
Ideally, we're all trying to use less disposable plastic whenever possible. However, if you have decided that plastic signs are the way to advertise your event or cause, you may request free, used wire stakes from islander Herb Hethcote. Herb has gathered them from past political campaigns, devoting time to hammering bent legs straight when needed. Email us  for his contact information.

If you have excess wire stakes, instead of recycling them with other scrap metal at the transfer station, drop them off for reuse at Herb's house, 1866 Commodore Lane.

If you have corrugated plastic signs -- aka Coroplast -- to get rid of (see above), you may drop them off at the door of portable 230, located at the southernmost end of Woodward Middle School's south parking lot, through the end of December. (Do NOT drop them off inside the school.) They will be used as templates in school shop projects. If the wire post is still attached, that is fine. 
The first Zero Waste meeting of 2020 will take place on Saturday, January 18, 11am-12:30pm, at Sotheby's Realty, 240 Winslow Way E.
Everyone is welcome!

Come and learn what we do and how you might get involved. For example, perhaps you have a talent for creating educational games, displays, or infographics. Maybe you like surveying or meeting people. All interests sought!
If you want to get rid of your Styro before January 11, remember that Kitsap Solid Waste is holding a collection on December 28, 9am-3pm, at the county fairgrounds.
Help Us Snap!
The Styrofoam and CD/DVD recycling collection is an all-volunteer effort that takes approximately 45 volunteers to snap and bag more than 70-90 gigantic bags of Styrofoam that Bay Hay and Feed owner Howard Block will unload at Styro Recycle in Renton during repeated store-buying trips to the area.

We hope you can set aside some time the weekend of January 11 & 12 to be one of our snappers or car greeters/curators. Please sign up on this Doodle.
Plans are coming along for a fix-it fair on Bainbridge within the next few months. Stipended and volunteer fixers, plus student apprentices, are needed! Are you good at repairing clothes, jewelry, furniture, bikes, electronics, appliances, walkers, toys, shoes, or something else? Even if you do it for a living, you can participate (and get some publicity at the same time). Go here for more info or to send in a fixer interest form.
Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller, co-founders of the Buy Nothing Project on Facebook, which has impacted over 1.3 million people, want to expand their sharing economy even further via an online platform and mobile app called SOOP, "that makes resources accessible to everyone equally, at no cost, and without limitation." To find out more, to be a beta tester, or to offer specific expertise, go here and scroll to the bottom.
Rethink How You Wrap
Winter Calendar
Now through January 20  -  Holiday string light recycling  at Bainbridge Ace Hardware.
December 5  -  The True Cost   movie  (fast fashion waste), at the Bainbridge Public Library, Thursday, 7-9pm. Donations appreciated.
December 14 - Winter Wonderland discard management ; three volunteers total requested, Saturday, 4-6:30. Doodle sign-up here .
December 16  -  Library of Things introductory meeting  at the Bainbridge Public Library, Monday, 7-8:30pm. RSVP  here .
December 28  -  Kitsap Solid Waste Styrofoam collection , Kitsap Fairgrounds, Saturday, 9am-3pm. Details  here .
January 4 - Mochi Tsuki celebration discard helpers requested between 11am-3pm. Sign up here.
January 11  -  Tree pick-up  by Boy Scout Troop 1564. Make your reservation pick-up  here .
January 11 & 12  -  Styrofoam and CD recycling collection  at Bay Hay and Feed, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. Details  here .
Before January 19 - Declaration of intent to do Trashion Mystery Box Challenge is due. Email here .
January 19 - Due date for Call for Artists sketch and raw materials list. Email here . Mystery Box Challenge boxes available for pick-up at Esther's Fabrics.
Newsletter editor: Diane Landry, BI Zero Waste (Volunteer) Director
Back issues are available here .
BI Zero Waste is an all-volunteer program of Sustainable Bainbridge.
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