Try a Little Craftiness

Being both green and frugal, I refuse to pay for wrapping paper. (I hate cards too, but suck it up and buy thm because I know people like them. Though often these days people receive a Crayola masterpiece by my toddler as their “card”)

Usually I have enough gift wrap scraps and received gift bags to creat recycled masterpieces, but I was stuck with a large Crate & Barrel box – having schewed the $6 gift wrap offer –  and nothing large enough to wrap it in. Usually I go with comic strips in this case, but this was for a bridal shower and I wanted to be a bit more tasteful.

Fortunately I came across one of very few found items I was actually hoarding – two beautiful Japanese poster prints I had found in the street (trashpicker!) Worked beautifully as gift wrap and finished with some matching fake flowers from the gift scrap box. Free, recycled, and beautiful, Voila!

Speaking of crafty, a few weeks back I called 311 to report my allergists’ office for refusing to recycle. Call me a tattle tale if you will – I prefer glorified hall monitor. And guess what? When I came in the building today there was this huge stack of new waste bins by the door. For recycling? Perhaps. Certainly promising…

How to Recycle Anything, Anywhere

I love a good challenge – especially when it comes to being green. So it’s fun to check out  Recycle This, a UK-based (but universally relevant) site which offers solutions for recycling or reusing everything from old CDs to egg shells.

Consumers write in their questions and readers offer a wide variety of solutions for keeping things out of landfills. Why not use a wine cork as a pincushion or donate old floppy discs and VHS tapes to a company that recycles them?

There’s even a separate section for recycling baby items from bottles and baby food jars to baby wipe containers.

To date, the site has covered more than 900 items and had over 14,000 suggestions of ways to reuse, repurpose, or recycle things that would otherwise go in the trash. There are even posted requests for odd household items. A current poster wishes to have all the roll on deodorant bottles you can send him, and he will happily pay for the postage.

A visit to this site not only offers clever ways to keep things out of landfills, it may just spark a creative craft or innovative home improvement project. Who knew there were so many things to make coasters out of?

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