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Catching up with our Earth Award Winners!

Posted on 24 April 2018

As Earth Day is approaching, we took a moment to catch up with some of our past Earth Award Winners to see the great ways they have continued to make a difference for the earth through their missions to reduce and re-use waste! 



*2015 LNBF Earth Award Winner*

Milk Bags Mission Earth Award Image courtesy of Angela Kesthely from MilkbagsUnlimited

" MilkbagsUnlimited has been growing as we spread the news that sleeping mats can be made from non-biodegradable milk bags. These mats are made and are of excellent quality and provide a soft and dry mat for people without beds. There are so many people in this world who have very little in life and they sleep on cardboard or the bare ground. Our mats give them a precious item that they cherish for years. 

All across Ontario and into Eastern Canada, school children, churches, seniors residences, and people at home, are enjoying making the mats and saving our landfills of the plastic bags by "up cycling" the plastic into something useful. We have had people want to get involved in the United States, Germany, England and in Japan. They may not have milk bags, but they definitely have plastic and groups are making mats for the homeless in their cities. 

To date we have sent over 20 000 mats around the world and have kept 11.5 million milk bags from the landfills. 

Our latest adventure was in Nicaragua in October/November 2017. I had milk bags shipped to Nicaragua last spring and they were used to teach women there to make their own sleeping mats and handbags. At Christmas the ladies sold mats and they used the money to buy necessities for their families. A few days ago, the women's generosity overflowed and my heart was excited to see that they are still making mats and donating them to the local hospital. "






*2016 LNBF Earth Award Winner*
Tenille Riechelmann Fashion Show Recycled Clothing Earth Award Winner

Image courtesy of Tenille Riechelmann

" After winning, I actually planned my own show, where we raised money for local women fighting breast cancer. Last April my best friend and I were part of another LGBTQ Pride Fashion Show, where we completed 20 designs made entirely of re-used clothing. Unfortunately with my grad show coming up, I will not be participating this year, but I look forward to hopefully doing the 2019 show! 

As I am a student designer, I am always thinking of ways to reduce waste in our world. Currently I am working on a packaging design project for coffee cups. My design will be made of 100% recycled paper and will be able to be broken down to re-use again and again. I hope to take my passion for reducing waste into the real world, once I start re-branding a local coffee shop in a ecological manner. "





*2017 LNBF Earth Award Winner*
Ann Gibson Upcycle Lifestyle LNBF Earth Award Winner 2018

Image courtesy of Ann Gibson

" The grant allowed me to purchase a gently used coverstitch machine to improve the professional look and quality of the Upcycle Lifestyle Grow-With-Me Clothing line. By making a long-lasting, high quality product I can teach consumers about the impacts of fast fashion and overconsumption. Choosing a gently used machine, instead of purchasing new also reduces the environmental impacts of production and prolongs the life of the machine."  

Applications for the 2018 Earth Award will open on April 22nd (Earth Day)! To learn more about application requirements and info, click here.


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