Friday, April 24
The only thing I'd add to her instructions is the possibility of cutting the round circle into different shapes for more variety. An adult should do the cutting and the edges of cut portion should be sanded down so they are not sharp.
Saturday, April 18
In recycling the item being recycled is returned to a form which can then be processed by manufacturers into something new. It does have a bit of a carbon footprint from being transported to the recycling center, the manufacturer, the retailer and ultimately back to the consumer. Recycling uses energy and does create some pollution in the process, but generally uses less energy and produces less pollution than the raw materials would. It also reduces the need for mining those raw materials, which means fewer trees cut down, less strip mining, etc.
Reusing an item is better than recycling because it avoids all the reprocessing and the energy use and the carbon footprint involved with recycling. Reusing an item means just that, using it over again. Like the roommate I had that rinsed out plastic bags and turn them inside out to dry so she could reuse them for her lunch the next day. Reusing an item does not alter that item's shape or look and it generally keeps the same purpose it originally had.
Upcycling is a new term and there still seems to be some talk about what it's true meaning is. To me upcycling is a step up from recycling (hence the name?). Upcycling is when you reuse an item, or a piece of an item to create something new. Upcycling doesn't take as much energy or produce as much of a carbon footprint as Recycling does. With upcycling you do not need to reprocess the item back into a raw form. Most of the items on this blog are upcycled. Upcycling is more fun than the previous two. With upcycling anyone can use their imagination, take some items from the recycling bin or trash and use them to create something new.
That said, I should probably have named this blog "Art of Upcycling". Oh well, more people search on the term "recycling" than "upcycling" anyway. Here's a challenge for you. Upcycle something and send me a photo with a list of the items used to make your new creation. I'll post it on this blog. If you want send the instructions for making that item and I'll post that too.
Wednesday, March 18
Eco-Art pieces range in size from objects that easily fit on the desktop to very tall items that can be displayed as garden art or home décor. I especially like the Reading Mantis displayed outside the Jackson-Madison County Library in Jackson, Tennessee.
Friday, February 20
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Friday, January 23
Remember when I blogged about reusing yarn from sweaters to make new things? Well I just stumbled upon an excellent free instruction on how to unravel the yarn from the sweater step by step. So if you've got sweaters you want the yarn from but are frustrated with how to get it apart, check out this page from Neauveau fiber arts.
Wednesday, January 21
I've seen game pieces used in jewelry and as scrapbooking embellishments, but this one on the techietechno blog is a first. A Scrabble keyboard. Most of the keys on this keyboard came from an actual Scrabble game. The edges were rounded off to fit the keyboard better. I must admit I've never really thought to take an old item and make something high tech with it. I think the board from the game needs to become the mouse pad next to this keyboard.