The three R’s

One thing that is a passion of mine is how to recycle and reuse things. I’m not the ‘greenest’ person on the planet, but I’d like to think my handmade baskets and reused spice containers make at least somewhat of an impact. I’ve even started going as far as offering to take other people’s light bulbs/batteries so I could get them properly recycled.

Recycling has and is still making an impact in the world of architecture and design. There are new ways to incorporate recycled materials into architecture designs every year. There’s a porch material that recycles plastics. I’ve seen broken glass and other assorted materials encased in concrete or asphalt. While it’s not the norm, there are buildings being made entirely out of recycled material.

In the world of design, it’s a little more of a challenge. People may not want to buy certain items that they know might be reused. Using recycled materials like paper, or designing packaging to be made without colored ink are some of the major and most convenient. However, the DIY look has made its way into design, and it’s not slowing down (not from my perspective anyway). Cups and candles come from reused materials. New wardrobes from old wardrobes. Many artists are starting to come up with beautiful pieces of artwork from recycling materials.

I hope this opened some people’s eyes to the new opportunities out there with old materials. I just hope that some people think before they buy. There are plenty of resources on the internet for you to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here’s a list of the few I’ve found handy:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/04/25-things-you-can-recycle-you-might-not-know-about.html

http://city.milwaukee.gov/mpw/divisions/operations/environmental/sanitation/recycling/RecyclingIdeas.htm#.U5shdl7Xol9

(only relevant if you’re in Milwaukee, sorry)

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