Hi! Welcome to Reuse & BabyLou! I'm Lynn, the designer, maker and owner of RBL. Thank you for checking out my first blog post.
I want to use this blog to help you understand reuse and its importance in sustainability. I hope to help you find your way through Zero Waste at home, work and school. There will be introductions to local, regional and national advocates, programs, products and projects in sustainability.
A little about me...
I began my journey with upcycling (which at the time people thought I made the term up). I enjoyed turning dresses and other clothing items that were being discarded, into purses and handbags. Each piece was a challenge of using all the material. I reused the zippers, linings and buttons, making sure to design the final product with minimal waste. It started with one purse I gifted. Then I sold a few at some early, small craft fairs. Life happened and that never really became a big focus for me.
A few years later, when I got back to sewing, while looking for cheap materials and doing some research I came across the term "Creative Reuse." This term was mainly used to name businesses, mostly not-for-profits, that took partially used art materials and recyclables for artists, children and teachers to use to make art projects. In 2012, I started Good Garbage, Louisville's only Creative Reuse Center, which I ran for 4 years. Unfortunately, I had to close the doors in September 2016, as revenue was down and I couldn't afford to continue supporting it.
Christmas 2015, I made some Not-Paper Towels for my parents and then I made my own reusable coffee filters from muslin, when I received a new coffee filter. In the spring, I decided to make and sell these and a few other items at some small fairs, starting with the Green Living Fair.
Over the last year, I have designed more than 35 products, some were great, some weren't. But I keep trying. Late last year my husband and I turned my hobby into a full-time business and just this month I hired my first Production Assistant. I now have five stores that carry various products and will attend over 20 shows this year, including the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, North Carolina on May 5 & 6.
This week I am celebrating Earth Day by giving away a grand zero-waste package full of my reusable items. All you need to do is sign up for my email. You can get additional entries by liking my Facebook page and following me on Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Thanks for reading my first post. Check back next Monday for a look behind the scenes with a peek into my studio and meet those who help make things happen at Reuse and BabyLou.
Don't forget to sign up for my email...you will receive 15% off your next order and be entered to win the Earth Day prize package.
Have a great Earth Week!