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Creative Ways to Recycle

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How to recycle to reduce the rubbish and save the earth

10 Creative Ways to Recycle Ordinary Objects

    A) Creatively artistic recycling doesn’t have to be limited to helping the environment: it can also be a challenge and opportunity to ingenious designers who work with materials most people would consider waste to create amazing things. Some of the following designs serve multiple purposes: illustrating the material possibilities of what most would consider trash while also maximizing the aesthetic potential of what would otherwise be considered waste objects. Clothes become rugs, airline trolleys become furniture, cardboard becomes bridges and sewage turns into building blocks! ;

    The Volksware designers have provided an interesting alternative way of recycling clothes that may not even bit fit for the Salvation Army. By stitching them and rolling them they have created a simple carpet system that can be cut to length and fit to a space. This kind of recycled furniture design is something to think about the next time

    someone tells you to pick your clothes up off the floor!

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    Creatively artistic recycling doesn’t have to be limited to helping the environment: it can also be a challenge and opportunity to ingenious designers who work with materials most people would consider waste to create amazing things. Some of the following designs serve multiple purposes: illustrating the material possibilities of what most would consider trash while also maximizing the aesthetic potential of what would otherwise be considered waste objects. Clothes become rugs, airline trolleys become furniture, cardboard becomes bridges and sewage turns into building blocks!

    The Volksware designers have provided an interesting alternative way of recycling clothes that may not even bit fit for the Salvation Army. By stitching them and rolling them they have created a simple carpet system that can be cut to length and fit to a space. This kind of recycled furniture design is something to think about the next time

    someone tells you to pick your clothes up off the floor!

    Ever wonder what happens to those oddly shaped airplane trolleys when the airlines are done using them? Well, so did Bordbar before they began appropriating and adding

    splashes of design to them and reselling them to the public as useful (if odd) multipurpose mobile furniture. These are highly customizable have have a surprising range of possible functions once they are recycled into use including doubling as

    recycled bookcases and bookshelves.

    The Remarkable product design team has created a series of colorful and useful versions of traditional products made out of unusual recycled materials. Their approach is quite simple yet compelling: they brand individual products with information about their origins. This makes for conversation pieces but also raises awareness about the origins and potential of composite recycled materials.

There are all kinds of approaches to garbage gardening that appropriate trash items

    and reuse them for decorative or practical purposes in gardens. The example shown above is just one of many including colorful mosaics from broken dishes and assorted other ideas. Not extreme enough? Try guerilla gardening instead or other ways to

    colorfully recycle see-through materials.

    Italian designer Marcella Foschi has developed a quite clever way to recycle cassette tapes: a product material that exists in abundance but is associated with a dying (or dead) technology. Her coin purses are at least cute (if not collectible) and appropriate a material we all know, love and have stopped using.

    CD Clock

    Freshen up your child's room for the new school year by recycling your old CDs and transforming them into simple, funky homemade clocks. They're great as gifts, too! What you'll need:

    ; Old music CD or CD-rom

    ; "Painters" paint markers

    ; Clockworks

    ; Metal washer (hardware stores carry these individually)

    How to make it:

    1. Paint the CD with paint markers in any design you want. Let dry. 2. Write the numbers around the edge of the CD. Make sure you space them evenly.

    (Parents should help with this step.)

    3. Assemble the clock works onto the CD. You'll likely need a bigger washer than what is

    included in most clock works, which will need to be placed on the top of the CD to keep

    the clock together.

    4. Give as a present or keep for yourself.

    "Mobile" Home - a mobile made from old CDs

    Now that cassettes, LPs, and even CDs have become obsolete, what are we to do with them? DIY Maven

    came up with a very creative solution for making use of old LPs. So, here's a suggestion of what to do with

    some of those old CDs: make a mobile out of them!

    What You Need

    ; some old CDs, about 8 to 10 should do unless you are really ambitious

    ; string, fishing line, or strong thread

    ; thin sticks, chopsticks might work

    ; glue, to keep the knots in place once you get things positioned just right

    ; large working surface

    ; Becky, one of the women where I work who is very good with arts and crafts

    ; The Procedure

    ; 1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. This is in case

    you have some old LPs lying around that you'd like to melt

    down, or, if you lack LPs, simply bake some cookies and then

    continue to step #2.

    ; 2. Place all supplies neatly on the large working surface.

    ; 3. Ask Becky to make a mobile out of a bunch of CDs

    for you. This is probably the most important step.

    ; 4. Eat cookies from step #1 while watching Becky make

    your lovely mobile. Cookies may also be used to pay-off Becky.

    ; 5. Enjoy the spinning luminescence of old CDs as you

    eat cookies and listen to your downloaded music.

    ; The Do-Over

    ; Did your mobile turn out a little lopsided? If you were

    unable to get someone to make it for you, it probably did. They

    are really quite tricky to assemble. You'll need to start all over

    with a new set of materials. This time, be very careful with the distribution of the CDs on the

    sticks and remember to work from the bottom of the mobile toward the top. Tie knots and make

    slight adjustments to balance each stem of the mobile. Once you know the knots are correctly in

    place, you can apply glue and let it dry before moving on. I recommend not using superglue

    unless you want to become part of the mobile. Heavier branches will be suspended by a shorter

    length/end of the supporting mobile brach (it has something to do with physics). Good luck! ~ Recycled Disco Ball

    Help your young teen make a disco ball from CDs and

    hang it by the window.

    You Need:

    ; 6 to 8 CDs you don't need

    ; 5" Styrofoam Ball

    ; Tacky Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun

    ; Wire for Hanging

    ; Kitchen Shears

    Instructions:

    Cut CDs into irregular 1/2" pieces. Some pieces will splinter. Discard the splintered pieces.

    Wrap wire around Styrofoam ball in two directions. Bring lose wire ends together and form into a loop.

    Glue CD pieces all around Styrofoam ball. Hang from wire.

How To Make a Secret Hollow Book:

    The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book.

    Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to

    the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books

    at yard/garage sales.

    Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.

    You'll also need:

    1. Elmer's white glue

    2. a container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)

    3. X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Both if you have them

    4. brush to apply glue solution

    5. pencil/pen

    6. ruler, or other rigid straight edge

    Select a page that you want to be the first one cut out, and save that page to be cut out at the end. (I'll explain later) Even if you don't want to save any pages at the beginning of the book, you must set one aside for a later step.

    Mix a solution of white glue and water. Just enough for the glue to be runny, and absorbed by the edge of the book's pages. 50% to 70% glue (30% to 50% water) worked well for me. - Half a film canister full was enough for this book.

    Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy.

    Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck. I spaced mine with post-it notes, and used some old hard disk platters to apply pressure. It dries quickly- about 15 to 30 min

When dry, open the book to the first glued page.

    Draw out a half-inch boarder around the edge on all four sides. (Don't forget along the spine too.)

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