Back-to-School Shopping with UpcyclePost [Re-Post]

Back to school with Relan and UpcyclePost

It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner! Cue endless aisles of notebooks, pencils, and backpacks as we prepare to head back to school.

Lucky for us, our friends at UpcyclePost know how to back-to-school shop sustainably and in style. We love this round-up of their favorite back-to-school products made from fellow UpcyclePost members.

Take a look at their latest finds below!

[Originally posted by Susan Tucker on UpcyclePost]

An Upcycled Twist on Back to School Shopping

Even as a heat wave is hitting the US, summer days as we know them are starting to dwindle down and back-to-school shopping is on the mind of many (super-organized) families. I’ll admit, I’m not as organized as I would like to be, but I do have lists mounting in my head about what’s ahead this next month, and back-to-school shopping is at the top of it.

Whether you have kids in grade school or college, or if you simply want a Fall office refresh, you’ll love this upcycled twist on back to school shopping!

Get Organized

Upcycled Organization UpcyclePost

Getting organized with an upcycling mindset is really quite simple because just about anything can be used! Corral pencils with discarded cans, craft a DIY storage area out of old tins, and anything else you can think of. Your workspace will love you when you get organized with forgotten or unused items.

You may enjoy: Summer Clean-up Upcycling Storage Ideas

Techie Gear


Available for purchase above: Denim Cell Phone Charging StationHandmade Table Cover

Techie gear is a mainstay in my house. We have just about every smart phone, tablet and computer product and accessory ever created (it’s an issue, really). So finding fun ways to present these items with an upcycling mindset is awesome. How fun is that Old Nintendo Controller upcycled iPhone charger? I’ll tell you… so fun!

You may enjoy: 9 Ways to Reboot Your E-Waste into Office Items

Upcycled Bags


How does one transport her techie gear? With upcycled bags, of course! Admittedly, I have a bag issue – much to my husbands dismay, but I want every single one of these bags (can back-to-school include my needs?) You can get upcycled bags for your sports gear, books, and more.

Desk Accessories


Available for purchase above: Recycled Bike Wheel ClockDistressed Wood Floating ShelfGumball Machine Terrarium

Whether you’re a kid or grown up, nothing keeps you motivated better than a fully accessorized desk. A floating shelf is good for keeping knickknacks properly displayed, and an upcycled clock will keep you right on time. Sprinkle in a cool lamp and something green (like this fabulous Gumball machine terrarium!) and you’re set!

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One World Play Project and Chevrolet Renew Deal; Will Donate 2 Million Ultra-Durable One World Futbols by 2018


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We love this partnership between the One World Play Project and Chevrolet. Together, they are providing soccer balls to kids around the world and in turn, keeping an estimated 2.4 million soccer balls out of landfills each year.

Check out this post from the Green Sports Blog.

Originally posted on GreenSportsBlog:

One World Play Project, a California-based B-Corporation, has partnered with Chevrolet since 2012 to donate One World Futbols (soccer balls) to children in the developing world. Without this program, play for these kids would be a rarity or impossibility. GreenSportsBlog told One World Play Project’s inspirational and green (the balls are ultra-durable and thus kept out of landfills) story in a recent post.  And that story will continue as the One World Play Project-Chevrolet partnership has been extended for three more years.

One World Play Project announced on Monday that Chevrolet will continue to support its donation and distribution of Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols for the next 3 years. To date, the partners have donated 1.5 million ultra-durable (never needs a pump; never goes flat, even when punctured) balls to disadvantaged kids around the world. By the end of 2018, that number will have increased to 2 million balls distributed.

While the ball distribution numbers are impressive, the lives…

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MINI USA Transforms Banners Into Bags (Photos)

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MINI USA is a game-changer.

The car company challenged the way we think about compact vehicles, creating a luxury brand of high-performance, fuel-efficient cars that have attracted a strong following. It is no surprise, then, that MINI USA decided to do something unique for their Mini Cooper Hardtop campaign.

We worked with MINI to turn their campaign materials into reusable tote bags for new Mini Cooper owners, giving them a piece of the campaign to take home with their new vehicle. The Mini Cooper is a highly customized car and the totes were designed to be equally as unique.

Final Product

By creating the totes, MINI was able to extend the shelf life of their campaign and highlight themselves as an environmentally-conscious brand.

“This bag is made from a real MINI billboard. There is no other like it. Just like you and each MINI.”

Take a look at the process of transforming the old banners into tote bags for new Mini Cooper owners:

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How Sports Are Influencing Sustainable Practices (Triple Pundit Post)

Teaming up with Transitioning to Green, we sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers, and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability in the world of sports. We are so inspired by these teams and their dedication to their communities and to building sustainable organizations.

Check out our latest article with Triple Pundit on what we learned: Continue reading

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Your Support Brought Home the Gold

NCW Eco-Excellence Awards


Thanks to your support, our kids backpack took home the gold in the Accessories for Kids category at the 2015 Eco-Excellence Awards! We are honored to be recognized alongside companies like TOMS Shoes, The Beauty Box, and The Honest Company for producing sustainably responsible products. You can take a peek at all of the winners on NCW’s website.


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We promised you that if we won, one lucky voter would take home the winning product. The results are in:

Congratulations @TedJFoster for winning our kids backpack!

And a big thanks to you for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Our New Favorite Go-To for Gifts (+ 5 of our favorite buys)


UpcyclePost logoThere is a new site on the map that we are chomping at the bit to share. UpcyclePost provides a platform for members of the growing upcycling community to share and sell their work. Founders Mark Howe and Rich Lancaster have a clear vision: to change the way we view commerce and build a less wasteful society. At UpcyclePost, “our mission is to create an inspired, collaborative community that promotes sustainability.” Music to our ears!

We are lucky enough to be a featured vendor on UpcyclePost, where we can share our mission and our bags with a vast community of like-minded makers and consumers. From old t-shirts and records to science flasks, you won’t believe all of the products the UpcylePost community produces.

We gathered five of our favorite products from the site. Let us know if we missed a product you love!

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Here’s Why We’re Fired Up About The Green Sports Alliance Summit

We just returned from the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) Summit and couldn’t be more excited about what we learned. The GSA really delivered this year with their lineup of speakers, the events, and the content. We were able to tour Soldier Field, interact with several industry leaders, and hold meaningful conversations about sustainable business practices and the work we’re doing helping teams reduce their trash to landfills.

Though we have a long list of takeaways, here are six reasons why we’re fired up after attending the Summit:

1. Prince Ea’s “Dear Future Generations


Rapper and activist Prince Ea presented to GSA Summit attendees at Soldier Field and all we have to say is, “WOW”. His passion is contagious and we were so inspired by his call-to-action. If you haven’t seen his apology “Dear Future Generations”, stop what you’re doing and have a quick listen.

Prince Ea warned, “If we don’t all work together to save the environment, we will be equally extinct.” He also encouraged us to Stand for Trees and take care of our planet; to stop making excuses and make a change. He boldly stated, “When the rivers are all dried up and trees cut down, man will then realize he will not be able to eat money.”

Shawn Heinrichs also presented at the Soldier Field event alongside Prince Ea, where he revealed the trailer for his new documentary, Racing Extinction. Heinrichs is a marine conservationist, among a slew of other things, and his film exposes the two worlds driving extinction of species. We can’t wait to see it.

2. The focus on women in the industry

The GSA was asked to make women a more integral part of the Summit and they delivered. This year, our very own Della Simpson was chosen as a moderator for the Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium to discuss how women are championing a sustainable future through the use of sports. The session was full of good conversation and we loved the focus on bringing younger individuals on board to help drive sustainable change throughout organizations across the sports industry. While we loved having a session dedicated to the amazing women in this field, we hope that next year, the Women’s Symposium will be an even more integral part of the entire Summit.

3. Disney’s “Environmentality”

On average, Disneyland recycles 81 million sheets of paper per year. That’s enough to build a trail from Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World Resort and back, twice. This was just one of the nuggets Beth Stevens, one of the keynote speakers at the Summit, shared about The Walt Disney Company’s sustainability efforts. She spoke to the fact that sustainability and social responsibility are ingrained in the way Disney does business. We also learned that the company calls their sustainability efforts an “environmentality”, a mindset that roots back to Walt Disney himself. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Disney’s sustainability practices going forward.

4. The stacked lineup of athlete speakers

We loved all of the engagement from athletes at this year’s event. Seeing well-known athletes like Andrew Ference from the Edmonton Oilers or Caroline Gleich, a big mountain and powder skier, stand up and speak about sustainability issues was really inspiring. We loved hearing former NFL player Will Witherspoon’s share stories of Shire Gate Farm, his sustainable cattle farm, and Ference’s Carbon Neutral Challenge for his fellow NHL players. We also enjoyed listening to Gleich about her involvement in several organizations driving climate change, including Protect Our Winters, whose mission is to unite and actively engage the global snow sports community to lead the fight against climate change. We believe that the public support and encouragement from athletes across sports arenas, from hockey to skiing, racing and surfing, will help our community reach a much more widespread audience, and we couldn’t be more fired up about it.

5. The “Champions of Game Day Food” report

During the Summit, the GSA launched their latest Champions of Game Day Food report. The report highlights 20 stadiums that are adopting sustainable food practices and offering healthier food to fans. This includes suggestions for menu planning, sourcing local fare, using compostable utensils and equipment, and reducing food waste. Teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Browns, and Boston Red Sox participated in the study as featured case studies. We love that the GSA is using its leadership to bring together these teams and provide a framework for other venues who are looking to do something similar.
We should also mention that the GSA also released their Greener Cleaning Playbook, which highlights sustainable cleaning practices for sports stadiums. We learned that each year, six billion pounds of chemicals are used in the commercial cleaning industry alone. We hope that the GSA’s playbook will help not only the sports industry, but also other commercial organizations, adopt more sustainable cleaning practices.

6. The Yankees hitting one out of the park

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Though announced in early June, we were excited to see Doug Behar and the Yankees presented with the GSA Environmental Leadership Award at the Summit. They have done amazing work green initiatives at Yankee Stadium, including neutralizing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their natural gas consumption, committing to 100% recycled paper products and eliminating paper operations and maintenance manuals, and diverting roughly 80% of trash to landfills through their recycling and composting program. We were thrilled to see their efforts recognized with the award. Congrats, Yankees!

Thanks for a great summit, GSA. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!



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