Karen Riley is an Environista, a devoted follower of recycling and environmental progress. She is the executive director of the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery -The Art Museum for the Environment located in Indio, CA. The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery mission is to actively engage youth as stewards of their environment through a concentrated, hands-on, educational effort stressing the FOUR R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Responsibility.
By Karen Riley on April 18, 2012
As a lover of shoes, it can be a real bummer when a favorite pair meets with a tear or fray. But have no fear: in a case like this you don’t have to be a cobbler to remedy this pedestrian problem. Give your shoes a whole new look – turn them into a work of art!
By Karen Riley on March 29, 2012
A friend, who is also a nurse, has access to thousands of flip offs or caps that literally “flip off” medicinal vials. The caps are made from Polypropylene (PP 5) which is a strong resin that can be recycled, but like other plastic caps, i.e. detergent, milk, catsup, need to be sorted out from other plastics.
By Karen Riley on March 20, 2012
Who would have thought a cask of wine gone bad some 10,000 years ago would have produced such a magical, medicinal and/or flavorful elixir? Of course, I speak of vinegar!
By Karen Riley on March 6, 2012
What happens when you receive a donation of 200 cardboard egg trays and have a date with just as many first graders? You come up with a project fast – and one that is cute, quick and easy. Voila, the French egg tray memo board is born!
By Karen Riley on February 21, 2012
A few days I go I was lucky enough to have breakfast at Leslie Kelly Shockley’s desert dwelling and master garden. Shockley is the inspired creator and upcycling designer of Tea With Iris. She creates children’s and women’s clothing along with an assortment of homegoods – from pot holders and bibs to bags and picnic blankets.