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Green Valentine - Plastic Bag Heart Wreath

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's another green Valentine offering - a heart wreath made entirely of plastic bags! The base of this heart wreath is (you guessed it!) a wire coat hanger.



How to do it:

Stretch the coat hanger into a heart shape first and bend the hook end back so it will not show. Next cut up the plastic bags into small strips (2" by 1") and tie each of these strips to the wire form. I ran out of red plastic bags and just added the white ones to finish my wreath off. Looks pretty good - I think!


Stick it into a plant, hang it on a door, display it on a window - whatever - your Valentine is sure to love it. 


The SodaBIB Projects - Upcycling Soda Bottles

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Jason Van Nest, an architecture professor at the New York Institution of Technology (NYIT) contacted me recently about an exciting upcycling project, called The SodaBIB Project, that will help people create shelter using discarded materials. Professor Van Nest along with some of his students have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund this building project. The idea is to redesign shipping pallets to reuse as building materials to create a system that upcycles soda bottles as a roofing material. 

 

All the information regarding this exciting project can be found at links below:


Kickstarter Campaign 

Facebook


There is also a description and a video of the project at the Daily Dose of Architecture blog.

Recycling plastic milk containers - the garden issue

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (2)



The educators and parents at the Tawa Montessori school in the Wellington region in New Zealand have a passion and a mission to ensure that children under their care have every opportunity to develop their self-confidence and personal creativity. And reusing and recycling is an important part of this.




Their garden consisting of recycled plastic milk bottles blew me away and had me hitting my recycling bin to recover whatever plastic jugs I could find. What a great way to start children gardening. I know that my little grandson who attends a nursery school where gardening plays a large part, will enjoy this idea very much. It’s portable, doable, and cost-effective - easy enough for anyone, no matter what size, to have a garden close at hand. Take a gander and pass it on.


If you have a garden, well, you need tools. Take a look at how mother, gardener extraordinaire, creative recycler, and blogger, Melissa, over at her blog, A Farm of Your Home, recycled her plastic milk bottles. And she uses up every scrap from hers.



It's very similar to a the plastic milk bottle dust scoop that I blogged about earlier.  For instructions to make Melissa's garden tools, go here.

Recycling Plastic Bottles and Containers

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It's great to find how others recycle plastic containers whether on a small or large scale. These examples are just a few of large scale plastic container and bottle recycling that might inspire you. I do find this a bit scary when you realize how many plastic containers there are out there. Even these shown will eventually be taken down and tossed (hopefully) into a recycling bin. Nice as these ideas are, we need to think more about replacing plastic of all kinds with more environmental responsible materials. How did people manage before plastic??




Okay, lecture over. Flickr user Tombritt took this photo in Mrs. Grant's kindergarden classroom at Brooks Elementary School (location not given). This little green 'igloo' is an adorable and very functional space for kids to sit inside and read (they must have huge rooms at that school 'cause this is no small space). It's made entirely by recycling milk containers. Mrs. Grant, to her credit, encourages recycling and had her students collect empty milk containers to construct this 'cool' igloo and create a really fun reading corner. 


If you do buy your milk in plastic containers, start saving the empties now and you could have enough to create your own reading igloo at your school by Christmas.



Here's yet another classroom plastic milk container recycling project to organize and display classroom art supplies. I just don't know how long it will stay looking this good once school starts. I found this at Craftzine.



What about this pool located at a theatre or shopping mall (they don't give the exact location) in Montreal photographed by Recyclebank? They must have used a gazillion empty plastic bottles to create this but doesn't it look great! 


At least in all these projects, it appears that nothing was added to the plastic containers such as paint, glitter, etc., which would make it difficult to recycle once these are no longer needed. 

Bread tabs and binder clip recycling

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1)

So today I had to look for my cell phone recharger cord again and it took me all of 20 minutes to find it. What a waste of time! I decided to see if there was some way that I could keep it in view without it getting all tangled up and damaged. My brain registered that bread tabs (which I've been keeping in a jar until I could find a use for them) and binder clips (bought a dozen for $1. at a charity store) would merge beautifully. Because it worked so well, I added a couple of more clips to hold my other recharging cords.



All I did was attach the binder clips to my desk and slip the cords through. The bread tabs keep the cords from slipping out and I guess I could label each cord. Since I only have three so far, I haven't bothered (also, I don't have any felt pens handy!!). Not terribly original but neat, no??


By the way, I'm thrilled to be by nominated for inclusion on a list of the 100 best green living blogs by Environmental Science Degree.com. Yay!!

Recycling Lego

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Kate Lilley  over at Minieco is a mom and blogger who has a really lovely site featuring stuff for kids. She even has an book out , Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids. Here's a useful and cute idea from Kate for making a key holder from Lego pieces.  If you have a few bits and bobs of Legos lying around the house (ones you or the kids aren't using anymore) and if you're in the habit of losing your keys, you can make a nifty little key holder from those Lego pieces.


Instructions are so easy you'll want to make several. Just don't tell junior what you're up to.