Evidently there is a woman in our community who upcycles clothespins into donations. The best part is that the Healdsburg Animal Shelter, Senior Center, Boys & Girls Club and Food Pantry will all benefit from her kindness. The second best part is that I get to keep the cute Christmas clothespin!
We were strolling the grounds of the Real Goods Solar Living Institute located in Hopland, CA this afternoon and eventually wandered into the gift shop. There are loads of amazing things and among them – a working tin can robot!
Plarn (plastic yarn) is made from plastic grocery bags cut into strips then crocheted to create virtually anything – In this case we’re using a grocery bag to create … a grocery bag.
At the local recycle center 80 empty water bottles will get you a whopping 4 bucks.
At the Samaritans Purse website that whopping 4 bucks will provide a child with milk for an entire week.
You Should Do It.
Tomorrow kicks off the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child – although for many of us this project actually begins in July, when it’s still hot outside and most people aren’t thinking about Christmas.
Today our small church exchanged our normal Sunday morning service for a box packing service – everyone of every age participated. Two hours and 1200 shoe boxes later we had turned a small congregation into world-wide missionaries, sending hope to children all over the world.
I read an article by Tom Szaky proposing another option to the traditional ideas of upcycling.
The idea is brilliant: Collect Scotch Tape dispensers from the public and give them back to 3M to use for the exact same use they were before?tape dispensers.
Ok, so I?m inspired.
Ever come across an item destined for upcycled greatness only to find that you?re running low on inspiration?
Check out ETSY.
This site is made up of amazingly creative handcrafters ? a community of unending inspiration and a major source of cool.
The term “upcycling” was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
It’s also a much cooler way of saying, ??finding a way to use it again – preferably before recycling it.?
But it?s more than that.
It?s easy to find a reusable shopping bag these days; seems like every store from Safeway to Kohls has a branded bag for you to purchase. Or maybe you plan to dig your way to the back of your closet and unearth that faded-out canvas number ? Either way, Well Done. But, have you considered taking it a step up? I have an upcycled shopping bag, and it sincerely rocks.