I had a bunch of maps a friend gave me (trusting that I would do something with them). A couple of years after (😬) I joined the penpal group of Mexicans around the world, a great opportunity for me to send handmade-upcycled gifts. So i finally did something with those maps!
Since we have bought soil already many times for our plants and flowers, I had for a while now some of the sturdy plastic bags where the soil comes in and I was keeping them because I thought they could be great for a bag. This is my upcycling attempt from a soil bag to a drawstring gym bag:
I wanted to sort my rings and bracelets in a way I could easily see them and decide which one to wear, same with the necklaces and I tried to make a holder with kitchen towels tubes but didn’t work, wasn’t stable enough or I didn’t know how to make it right. Until…
In the past couple of weeks I had been looking for ways to use some scraps of fabric I had and a bunch of used and washed teabags.I decided to make some gifts for my penpals that would be completely made of repurposed materials. This was my attempt of a Did-It-Myself (DIM) and finally I came down to these:
Recycling – It’s worth it! We simply don’t have the room on Earth to keep burying rubbish. Recycling is essential to our future. It’s also faster and more cost effective than sourcing materials to make new products from. Reusing materials saves a huge amount of energy, which in turn benefits the planet and its ecosystems on the whole.
- Recycling 6 tea bags creates enough energy to make 1 cup of tea
- Up to 60% of discarded rubbish could be recycled
- 1 recycled tin can saves enough energy worth 3 hours of television
- A recycled aluminium can will be back on the shelves within 6 weeks
- Recycling every newspaper would save 250 million trees per year
Mattress Online, who offer a recycling option when you buy a new mattress from them, have created this quiz to help you determine what type of recycler you are.