Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Carbon Footprint - The Sustainable Souls Project June 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project June Post.

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more. The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time!  We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
June's theme is an interesting concept, Carbon Footprint.  What is your Carbon Footprint?  Let's start with a definition.


Where did the concept of your Carbon Footprint come from?
The carbon footprint concept took hold at a 1979 U.S. Senate energy committee discussion about the “environmental footprint” of government operations in Yosemite National Park. Tom Rawls, chief environmental officer for Green Mountain, is largely credited with the first quoted use of “carbon footprint” in a Seattle Times article, “Carbon Count: Forests Enlisted in Global Warming War,” published November 18, 2000. From there, the term gained wider use through a 2005 British Petroleum advertising campaign.
While a host of greenhouse gases cause climate change, scientists identify carbon dioxide as the largest source. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels accounted for 82 percent of the greenhouse gas released in 2006. Power plants, factories and transportation generate the majority of fossil fuel usage. Personally, the way your travel, the electricity you use, the products you buy and the food you eat all contribute to your carbon emissions.
The main way to reduce your carbon footprint is to decrease your energy consumption. For travel, use public transportation or low-emission vehicles. Insulate your home, use energy-efficient products and reuse or recycle as much as possible. You can also compensate for the effects of your carbon footprint through carbon offsetting. The Nature Conservancy and other organizations provide carbon offset programs that invest donations toward protecting land and planting trees, both proven ways to reduce greenhouse gases.
(source livestrong.com)

On average, U.S. household food consumption emits 8.1 metric tons of CO2e each year. The production of food accounts for 83% of emissions, while its transportation accounts for 11%.
The emissions associated with food production consist mainly of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (NO2), which result primarily from agricultural practices.
Meat products have larger carbon footprints per calorie than grain or vegetable products because of the inefficient transformation of plant energy to animal energy.
Ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats produced 164 million metric tons (mmt) in CO2e of methane in the U.S. in 2014 through enteric fermentation (digestion).
Eating all locally grown food for one year could save the GHG equivalent of driving 1,000 miles, while eating a vegetarian meal one day a week could save the equivalent of driving 1,160 miles.
 A vegetarian diet greatly reduces an individual’s carbon footprint, but switching between different types of meat can have a major impact as well.  For example, replacing all beef consumption with chicken for one year leads to an annual carbon footprint reduction of 882 pounds CO2e.
Organic food typically requires 30-50% less energy during production but requires one-third more hours of human labor compared to typical farming practices, making it more expensive


Iinterested in what your Carbon Footprint is and where you can reduce it?  There are many Carbon Footprint calulators on-line, but here a FREE carbon footprint calculator from nature.org.
We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what Carbon Footprint means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'Carbon Footprint' was transformed into art.
(Click names for links to the artist blog post)

Camille McCoy


Michele Kosciolek


In addition this month, we have a very special Guest Artist who is a fellow Sustainable Soul, Deb Weiers.  I fell in love with Deb's 'human' art and thought she would be a perfect guest to join us this month.  We are happy and thrilled that she is joining us this month!


 Aren't they fabulous?
I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to our Guest Artist.  We appreciate you taking the time to create with us this month and for embracing the importance of Sustainability.
What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Carbon Footprint means to each person.
Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  

Want to know what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint?  Here's a short video that shows easy ways to make an impact.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - The Sustainable Souls Project May 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project May Post.
The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.
The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! 
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
  May's theme is a what people generally think of when you hear Sustainability - REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE.  All three ideas are ways that most humans feel they can personally affect and directly feel the impact of Sustainability.  Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects our world's environment—that's YOUR environment. The environment is everything around you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things.

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. (Source EPA)


 You may hear these three terms all the time, but here is a brief explanation of each.

Reduce, reuse and recycle (R3) are the three essential components of environmentally-responsible consumer behavior.

R3 is sometimes called the waste hierarchy. Here's how that hierarchy might apply to computers:
  • The concept behind the first R, reduce, is that you should limit the number of purchases that you make in the first place. So, for example, you might limit your household to a single computer.
  • The concept behind the second R, reuse, is that you should reuse items as much as possible before replacing them. For example, it generally makes more environmental sense to update your computer rather than get rid of it and buy a new one. However, if you do replace your computer, you should ensure that it, or its components, are reused. Many charitable organizations welcome donations of second-hand computers.
  • The concept behind the third R, recycle, is that you should ensure that items or their components are put to some new purpose as much as possible. If your computer is not fit for reuse as is, you can donate it to one of several organizations, such as StRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology), which will refurbish it or recycle its components
(Source What Is)


"While recycling is great in a lot of ways, the ultimate goal is to get people to prevent waste in the first place."

MCKENZIE JONES, "Recycling made easier with new city app", Arizona Daily Sun, February 11, 2016


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what reduce, reuse, and recycle means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 
Camille McCoy




Diana Gabriella


Melissa Johnson






Robyn Crowningshield


Susan Davison


Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker




Tracy Krueger


In addition this month, we have THREE very special Guest Artists who are Sustainable Souls at heart and fully embraces Reducing, Reuseing, and Recycling.  ♥
First up, please welcome Mary Beth Shaw, owner of StencilGirl Stencils!  We are so happy and thrilled that she is joining us this month!
Let's see how she was inspired by the theme.....


Hmmm, is that baby wipes we see??  She is only giving us a peek at what she created, but we love what we see!  Want to see her entire project, hop on over to her blog and check it out!


Next up is Nathalie Kalbach.  We are so excited that she has joined us again this month.  Her art and journal pages are always 'point on' and really embrace the theme.



Want to know more about her page and what inspired her?  Hop on over to her blog and see what she has to say.  

Last, but not least, our third Guest Artist this month is a beautiful women I met in Iceland, during my trip in February.  I visited her store, Gallery Gimli in Stokkseyri, Iceland.

Please welcome Lara Halldorsdottir.  She makes gorgeous items, recycled from old wool sweaters.  Here's a peek at one of her wool coin purses.  I *may* have bought one of these during my trip.  


Aren't they fabulous?

I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to each of our Guest Artists.  We appreciate you taking the time to create with us this month and for embracing the importance of Sustainability.

What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle means to each person.  

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  
Want to know what happens to our recycled products once they leave your bin? We leave you with a video about Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Renewable and Alternative Energy - The Sustainable Souls Project April 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project April Post.
The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.
The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! 
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
 April's theme is a theme that humans, society, and countries all working together in unison, can make make a big, life altering change: RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY.  

Renewable and Alternative Energy sources include any of the following:  solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydrogen, hydro-power, and water.  Many countries currently rely on coal, oil, and natural gas for energy.  These fossil fuels are non-renewable, drawing on finite resources that will eventually be too expensive or damage the environment too much to last.  

You may hear the terms 'renewable' and 'alternative' energy interchangeably. The actual definition of each is below.

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. This includes sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass. This energy cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed.

Alternative energy is a term used for an energy source that is an alternative to using fossil fuels. Generally, it indicates energies that are non-traditional and have low environmental impact. The term alternative is used to contrast with fossil fuels according to some sources. By most definitions alternative energy doesn't harm the environment, a distinction which separates it from renewable energy which may or may not have significant environmental impact.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) explains the types of renewable energy HERE.   Visually, here's how they explain each type.
Edison, godfather of electricity-intensive living, was an unlikely green pioneer whose ideas about renewable power still resonate today.

 “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy--sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” 


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what renewable and alternative energy means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.

Let's see how 'Renewable and Alternative Energy' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 
Camille McCoy




Laura Mooney


Robyn Crowningshield




Tracy Krueger


In addition this month, we have a very special Guest Artist who is a Sustainable Soul at heart and fully embraces Renewable and Alternative Energy.  ♥

Please welcome Nathalie Kalbach!  We are so happy and thrilled that she is joining us this month!
Let's see how she was inspired by the theme..... 

(I totally LOVE that quote - how perfect and poignant)



What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Renewable and Alternative Energy means to each person. 
Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  
We leave you with two videos about Renewable and Alternative Energy.
The first one is a thought provoking video by Elan Musk, explaining his Tesla Powerwall.
And the second one is documentary about Renewable Energy.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017!

Happy Earth Day 2017!  In honor of this special day, The Sustainable Souls have created projects using our very own StencilGirl stencil, designed by our very own DeeDee Catron.  




Before we start, What is Earth Day?

(excerpt from www.earthday.org)

"Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book."

The focus for Earth Day 2017 is Enviromental and Climate Literacy.  What a beautiful marriage between The Sustainable Souls Project and Earth Day.

Here's more details on the 2017 campaign.
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.
This Earth Day, gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. We are launching Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that will lay out the steps for holding a successful event. Register your event with us and we will support you with promotion and advice.

Are you ready for some art inspiration?
(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 



 Martha Richardson




Robyn Crowningshield




Tracy Krueger



Wanna support and help protect our planet?

Want your very own The Sustainable Soul Project Stencil?

You can't find these stencils at the StencilGirl Stencils store, you can only find them here.  They are very limited, so if you are interested, please let us know.

(Stencils are 9x12 and are $10USD plus shipping)  

Want to help in other ways?

Earth Day (dot) Org lets you 'Create Your Own Act of Green'.  

What a great way to share your support and to help in ways you are inspired to.

Be sure to check back later next week for our April theme and for more amazing artwork from our souls!