March 4, 2008
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I’ve always liked the idea of using everyday materials to make decorative objects. This paper is from Paperchase and is a brown parcel/craft paper printed with a design. It’s fun and very effective I think. I’m not sure if it is recycled paper but I’m sure that it would be possible to do this with recycled parcel paper – even to print my own designs. Hmm…..there’s a thought!
I have a regular visitor here a Much of a Muchness, who makes the most wonderful use of recycled materials and she makes jewellery and lamps and other useful items from objects that she collects. Her name is Sue and her blog is called Perpetual Plum (I love that name) I found out yesterday that she also has a web site called Unique Re-tiques – very cool! I’m also jealous that she has an Etsy store where you can buy the wonderful things she makes. (Reminder to self – GET YOUR ETSY STORE UP AND RUNNING!!!) Here are a couple of things available in her Etsy store which I like especially. Both of these are made out of old buttons and the bracelet also has gorgeous mini dominoes – so pretty.
I bought a new fleece jacket the other day. I wear them when I am playing tennis as they are lightweight and cosy. This one had a label on it which said this.
What a fantastic idea! I had no idea that plastic bottles could become something wearable – I thought that most of them were destined for landfill and I have tried to avoid buying them, which is very difficult as so many drinks, detergents and household chemicals come in plastic bottles. My local council’s recycling scheme won’t take them so I’m glad to see that at least some of them can be put to good use. I particularly like this – it’s a chandelier made by Stuart Haygarth out of recycled plastic water bottles which were confiscated by security at Stanstead Airport. It’s beautiful even when you know what it is made of!
When my youngest son was 6 years old, his school entered him into a competition to design a Christmas card for ‘ParcelForce’ in Berkshire to use as their official Christmas card. The theme was a recycling/green/environmentally friendly sort of theme and this is what my son came up with. He won first prize!
So I think the message is, we all have to recycle, it needn’t be boring and just in case you were thinking ‘Why bother recycling? Global warming is a myth.’ Here is proof.
I rest my case :-)