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Re: recycling


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 :-)



12 responses to “Re: recycling

  1. strugglingwriter March 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Awesome post. I try to recycle as much as possible. The town where I live has a pretty good recycling program and picks up recycling at the door with the garbage (we pay for this service, of course).

    I love your son’s “green” Santa.

    Finally, I like this book. It’s not my “favorite” but it is very nice. I still like the little skulls better :)

  2. Teresa March 4, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    How cool your son won first prize for his very cute green Santa!

    I knew they made fleece jackets from recycled plastics, but we’ve not bought one yet. I think Columbia Wear makes them, so I’ll keep an eye out for them since the kids will be needing new fleece jackets for next winter.

    That is the wildest chandelier I’ve ever seen! Wow!

    I’m so glad you highlighted Perpetual Plum’s blog. She does some gorgeous work! (You’re going to laugh at this…it took me three tries to type “gorgeous”; I kept typing “george” the first couple of times. Hmm, Clooney on my mind, I guess…LOL!).

    Cool book…very retro look!

  3. perpetualplum March 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Wow! Thank you, Diane!

    Please do get yourself an etsy store. I love your books. I’m even willing to fight those pirates. ;-)

  4. Diane March 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Paul – this post just seemed to go on and on…..(and on!)

    Good for you with recycling even though you have to pay extra. When it first started in my area a few years ago, we had to pay extra and I was amazed at how few people did it. Now that it’s ‘free’ everyone does it. Of course, the urgency has increased too I guess….

    Green Santa is cute! Number 2 son is very artistic!

    Teresa – my fleece is very snuggly – not the height of fashion maybe but very practical for tennis and as I’m off to Switzerland for Easter, it will keep me toasty warm in all that snow :-)

    Gorgeous indeed. Ha! A Freudian slip! Perhaps you have invented a new word – Georgeous

  5. Diane March 4, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Sue! Most welcome – your work is amazing and I’m glad to spread the word!
    I will get on with the Etsy store – but not until next week….. :-(

  6. Creechman March 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    1980. My favorite.

    Where is the model?

    Sears catalog offered more road warriors with bodies.

    *slap!* There, I did it for you.

  7. Diane March 4, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Mr Creechman, you are incorrigible :-)

  8. laketrees March 4, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    very pretty book Diane…
    and # 2 son’s drawing is lovely…I’m not surprised that he won 1st prize as he has drawn in a lot of detail for someone so young…
    jackets and chandeliers out of plastic bottles !! what next !!
    love that necklace..very elegant :)

  9. Durano Lawayan March 5, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Your poster on the proof for global warming is almost two decades short. The latest Rio de Janeiro festival I believe would sufficiently represent this decade – it was a 1/2 inch (width) by 1.5 inch ( length) patch with strings around the waistline. :-)

    This excludes those modeled in pictures by Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, which provide solid evidence of global warming! :-) LOL! –Durano, done!

  10. Teresa March 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    “Georgous”…*chuckle*…that is a good one, isn’t it? ;)

  11. nicole March 7, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    that chandelier is so cool!

  12. Diane March 7, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Kim – he is very artistic and has always been able to draw well.
    It’s good they can use plastic bottles for something!
    It is a gorgeous necklace isn’t it? Can’t believe it’s just buttons!

    Durano – eek! they sound painful and quite frankly – what’s the point of wearing them ? Or not wearing them ….. :-)

    Teresa – I love it! And him…..

    Nicole – it is very groovy indeed :-)

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