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My name is Carla Brown and I hosted the podcast Trashmagination about the creative reuse of recycled materials. This podcast is no longer being published but you can listen to past issues on this website. Currently I am putting up new videos on the Trashmagination YouTube channel and posting to Instagram and Facebook.
I have been making items from recycled materials since I was a teenager. It started because I wanted to make items in my high school art class that looked different from the other students. I became even more interested when I visited a garbage-free community in British Columbia called Hornby Island.
My goal for the Trashmagination podcast and videos to be a creative reuse pep talk. It takes time to learn how to live in a way that produces less trash. I am on that journey myself!
Where does the word “Trashmagination” come from?
I came up with the term “trashmagination” when I heard the quote “Trash is the failure of imagination,” from Aaron Kramer from Urban Objects. It summarizes my belief that we can solve a lot of challenges with imagination.
What else is fun to know about me?
- I have performed in a Japanese drumming or taiko group called Nen Daiko.
- I am Canadian and American. I grew up in provinces across Canada, and moved to the United States (specifically Virginia) in 1998. I was born in Newfoundland and most of my family now lives in Nova Scotia, so that’s why you’ll hear a lot about rug hooking which is a traditional craft from that province.
- I have kept a gratitude box since 2013 where I write down why I am grateful every day.