For those who find sustainable building, science-y stuff, and matters of home energy difficult to digest, summoning the almighty creative and economical power of DIY is the easiest way to go green
at home. The D word
was once primarily used to describe knitters, homebrewers, Bob Vila devotees
, and punk rockers. Now, doing-it-yourself is a way of life. From design-oriented sites like Design*Sponge
to virtual craft mega-malls like Etsy
to the DIY bible, ReadyMade
, everyone and their brother seem to have something crafty up their sleeves these days.
Speaking of sleeves, there’s no better way to promote your DIY leanings than by broadcasting them on a T-shirt, right? A knock-off of the increasingly retro-chic British wartime “Keep Calm and Carry On” propaganda posters, the “Get Excited and Make Things” T-shirt from UK eco-fashion house howies is the ideal uniform for resource-conscious home decorators and self-reliant home fixer-uppers.
The organic cotton tee is available for men
(in green, natch). howies threads
(think of a hipper, streetwear-oriented Brit version of Patagonia
) are a bit hard to come by stateside but if you're desperate, the company does ship overseas. Or, you could just do it yourself.
And while we're on the somewhat off-topic of fashion, check out Siel’s post yesterday about the new Loomstate for Target
line. On Wednesday, I’ll have more on Target’s exclusive MIO
eco-friendly outdoor/gardening line.